N138 - Structural Interpretation in Petroleum Exploration and Development

Course Overview
This course describes the large scale tectonic setting of the major structural styles and the distinctive trap-forming structures that characterize each style. It presents the principal tools and techniques that are used, together with an understanding of the basic mechanical properties of rocks, to more accurately predict and interpret the shape of these trap-forming structures.

This course will improve the ability of participants to construct more accurate interpretations of structural traps from fragmentary data sets, thereby clarifying predrill risk and improving the full-cycle economics of structural plays.

This five-day course will familiarize geophysicists and geologists with the basics of structural geology as practiced in E&P. This hands-on, non-academic approach delivers the needed skill set to be successful as an explorer or developer.

Participants will learn to:
•	Use diverse data types, including outcrop, seismic and satellite images, to categorize the regional tectonic
        features of the major structural styles: fold and thrust belts, rifts, inversion, strike-slip zones, and salt- 
        and shale-dominated structures along passive margins. 
•	Examine the shape and orientation of structural traps in each structural style.
•	Demonstrate the influence of the mechanical properties of rocks on the development and shape of structures.
•	Demonstrate the principal tools and techniques available for structural analysis.
•	Demonstrate how to gather, organize, and interpret various data types to effectively predict the shape of 
        structural traps.
•	Illustrate pitfalls in structural interpretations.

This course is offered by Nautilus (www.nautilusworld.com), a PEICE affiliated company and the world leader in Geosciences Training services.

A complete set of course materials and lunches are included.

All scheduled event(s) for this short course:
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Course Syllabus
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Course Outline
  • Introduction and Course Overview
  • Process for Exploring for Structural Traps
  • Structures in Compressional Terranes
  • Tectonic Framework of Fold And Thrust Belts
  • Structures in Extensional Terranes
  • Normal Fault Patterns and Trap Styles
  • Structures in Strike-Slip Terranes
  • Salt Tectonics
  • Effect of Structure on Reservoir Properties
  • Tools for Structural Analysis

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Sandro Serra

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