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CSL's Short Courses

The Comparative Sedimentology Laboratory offers short courses for companies and academic institutions that cover a wide range of topics in carbonate geology and reservoir characterization. The main goal of the courses is to convey both the basics in carbonates and the advanced methodologies for a better assessment and interpretation of carbonate systems and reservoirs. As such, the courses are intended to be continuing education opportunities for geologists and geophysicists working in exploration and production of carbonate reservoirs. The courses are offered on demand and are tailored to the needs of the contracting company or institution. They vary in lengths from one day to one week, depending on the number of topics covered.




Introduction to Carbonate Depositional Systems
• Controlling parameters for deposition
• Diagenesis of carbonates
• Difference to siliciclastic systems

Dimensions of carbonate sedimentary bodies
• Morphometrics and scaling of modern systems
• The stochastic approach to reservoirs models

Seismic Facies Analysis of Carbonate Systems
• Seismic facies and interpretation of carbonates
• The power of 3-D seismic data
• Filtering and visualization of 3-D seismic data
• Integration of seismic, core and log data and production tool
• Seismic resolution problems

Carbonate Sequence Stratigraphy
l; Introduction to sequence stratigraphy 
• Sea level changes and carbonates
• Characteristics of carbonate sequences
• Seismic sequence stratigraphy of carbonates 
• Time on seismic data
• Assumption, problems and methods in seismic sequence stratigraphy

High Resolution Sequence Stratigraphy in Reservoir Characterization
• Principles of high-resolution sequence stratigraphy 
• Defining flow units by high resolution sequence stratigraphy
• Combining high-resolution sequence stratigraphy and mechanical stratigraphy

Petrophysics of Carbonates I
• Diagenesis for petro-physicists
• Porosity distribution in carbonates
• Controls and distribution of sonic velocity in carbonates
• Porosity, pore types and permeability of carbonates

Petrophysics of Carbonates II
• Influence of pressure on sonic velocity
• Saturation of pore space in carbonate
• Gassmann applicability in carbonates 
• Problems of pore types on seismic inversion and AVO of carbonates

Geochemistry in carbonate reservoir characterization
• Stable isotopes as tracers for fluid flow
• Stable isotopes as stratigraphic tool
• Diagenesis of carbonates

For more information please contact the principal investigators of the Comparative Sedimentology Laboratory.

Recent Courses

Seismic Facies, Sequence Stratigraphy and Petrophysics of Carbonate Systems

The main goal of the course is to relate the physical properties recorded in logs and seismic data to the geological processes that formed them. A better understanding of this relationship will help refine and optimize the interpretation of seismic and log data in exploration and reservoir characterization. Field, laboratory and theoretical data are used to illustrate these relationships. Exercises illustrate the strength and limitations of seismic data and outline a potential workflow when working with such data.

Seismic Facies and Sequence Stratigraphy of Carbonate Systems

The course introduces participants into the techniques of seismic facies analysis of carbonate systems and reservoirs. The objective is to improve the interpretation quality and the prediction of facies and stratigraphic architecture of carbonates. Examples of 2-D and 3-D data sets are used to illustrate key points and principles.

Sequence stratigraphy and rock physics in a modern carbonate platform, Great Bahama Bank

Seismic data, cores and logs from Great Bahama Bank are used to illustrate the principles of carbonate sequence stratigraphy, seismic facies in carbonates and petrophysics of carbonates. This course conveys the newest results from a long-term project and its implications to platform carbonate sedimentology, stratigraphy and petrophysics.





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