Public Remote Workshops

The workshops consist of live-taught online sessions, exercises and discussion. A certifiate and manual will be provided upon request. All workshops run as three 2-hour sessions. All times in Central Time US (Houston)


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July Workshops
August Workshops

* First workshop regular price $275, second and subsequent workshops discounted price $250. 


Mon 27 July | Tue 28 July | Fri 31 July  2020 @ 10 – 12 hrs CT

“Create a valid interpretation from the start”  Catalina Luneburg
This workshop combines seismic interpretation and structural validation techniques in order to create a balanced interpretation from the start. Seismic interpretation pitfalls are discussed and the seismic expression of main structural features is  studied in different examples. Methods are demonstrated that validate the seismic interpretation of faults and folds by predicting a valid fault trace and hangingwall shape using manual and digital tools.


  • Recognizing stratigraphic and structural features in seismic section
  • Seismic interpretation of different structural styles
  • Interpretation validation techniques
  • Method of fault prediction and depth to detachment
  • Forward modeling techniques to model shape of hanging wall
  • Examples of balancing while interpreting

 Wed 29 | Fri 31 July | Tue 4 Aug 2020 @ 12 – 14 hrs CT

“Carbonate Sequence Stratigraphy – Built on Sedimentology” Katie Joe McDonough
This workshop explores sedimentologic processes and cyclic facies successions in carbonate environments. How best to exploit this cyclicity to achieve our goal of reservoir predictability? Exercises emphasize and reinforce building the stratigraphy from a sedimentologic foundation.

  • Component grains, textures, classification, facies
  • Cycle recognition in platform, ramp, shelf, deep water environments
  • Cycles, parasequences, systems tracts, sequences
  • Stacking patterns, unconformities, condensed sections
  • Stratal geometries and systems tracts in carbonates
  • Correlation scenarios and examples from various basins
  • Petroleum systems recognition in carbonates

Tue 4 | Thu 6 | Tue 11 August 2020 @ 12 – 14 hrs CT 

“Identification of sweet spots in shale oil/gas plays: best practices in analyzing shale oil/gas plays” Ursula Hammes
How stratigraphic and depositional processes influence regional correlations and facies variations of organic-rich mudrocks with respect to calcareous, siliceous and clay-rich shales. Apply sequence stratigraphic principles to identify best organic-rich and frackable intervals.


  • Predict most prolific source intervals.
  • Diverse sedimentary structures, fauna, depositional processes and their inter- and intrabasinal variations and factors determining organic-rich deposits 
  • Factors such as paleogeography, ocean chemistry and tectonic influences derived from modern examples 

Mon 10 | Wed 12 | Fri 14 August 2020 @ 10 – 12 hrs CT 

“A Practical Guide to Volumetrics and Risking”; Erik Scott
This course will cover the considerations needed when calculating in-place hydrocarbons and the chance of finding it.  The mechanics of calculating volumes will be covered, however the focus of the course is on understanding how to determine appropriate rock and fluid property input ranges, implications of the different methods of volume calculation and how the output volumes are modified.  

We will also relate the output range of hydrocarbon volumes with different types of risk involved with the oil and gas industry. We will conclude with a discussion on how the volumes and risk numbers are used in economic analysis. 

  • Different methods, from simple to more complex, of calculating in-place hydrocarbons
  • Ascertaining appropriate input ranges for rock and fluid properties
  • Understanding what the outputs of volume calculations represent
  • Relating risk to volumes

TBD August  2020 at 8 – 10 hrs CT

“Fracked Reservoir DFN Modeling”; Sherilyn Williams Stroud
How to use microseismic data to build a fracture network model, interpret structural features, and generate fracture properties for reservoir simulation. Learn about aspects of structural analysis  related to natural fracture development, induced and reactivated fracturing from hydraulic fracture stimulation, and state of stress. 

  • Models of the relationships of natural seismicity to faults and induced microseismicity to reservoir fractures
  • Methods of microseismic data acquisition, microseismic mapping results, methods to generate flow properties for stimulated reservoirs.
  • Methods for developing fracture constraints to use in geologic  models that include fracture flow properties are discussed and demonstrated

 Mon 14| Wed 16 |Fri 18 September 2020 @ 12 – 14 hrs CT

“Geochemical tools to characterize shale oil/gas plays: organic and inorganic geochemical techniques to identify sweet spots” Ursula Hammes
Inorganic geochemical techniques will teach the instrumentation used to generate inorganic data used to identify favorable frac intervals and compare to petrophysical logs (e.g., XRD, ICP, XRF instruments). 


  • Interpret organic-matter type and richness
  • Maturity and interpretation of geochemical results incorporating TOC
  • Rock-eval and biomarker data.


Wed 8 July | Fri 10 July | Tue 14 July  2020 @ 10 – 12 hrs CT

“Fundamentals of Extensional Basins” James W. Granath
Continental extensional terranes or “rifts” are some of the most hydrocarbon productive provinces in the world.  This workshop focusses on the seismic expression of features in continental rifts and the basics of extensional deformation, i.e. normal faulting, and the character of the rift structural style. 

  • Stress during normal faulting and tectonic conditions conducive to normal faulting
  • Anatomy and kinematics of normal faults and normal fault systems
  • Graben, half graben, and domino structural styles and their interrelationships across scales
  • Implications of fault linkage to sedimentation, topography, and petroleum systems
  • Relationship of rifting to thermal history and to magmatism and volcanism

Wed 29 April | Fri 1 May | Wed 6 May  2020 @ 10 – 12 hrs CT

“Geomechanics for Today’s Oil and Gas Industry” by Amy Fox 
In order to dig into the important topics of today, it is important to understand the basic elements of geomechanics and to examine how the discipline has evolved over time. This workshop teaches the data types and workflows for building a geomechanical model, which can then be applied to exploration, drilling, completions and full field development. 

  • The Big Picture: Overview and History (and future!) of geomechanics in oil and gas
  • Basic Theory: In situ stresses, Pore pressure, Rock mechanics, Borehole stresses and wellbore failure types, Natural fractures and faults
  • Geomechanical Model:  drilling experience, stress directions.  overburden,  min stress, pore pressure, rock mechanical properties, max hor stress
  • Geomechanics Applications in More Detail

Fri 15 May| Tue 19 May | Thu 21 May  2020 @ 14 – 16 hrs CT

“Structural Modeling with LithoTect Software”  Catalina Luneburg
This short workshop provides an overview of the tools and techniques for balancing and restoring cross sections using LithoTect Software.  project and data base, and basic interpretation tools such as fault prediction.  and  structural modeling tools and different restoration methods. 


  • Overview of main LithoTect functionality,  LithoTect project and data base, I/O
  • Kinematic models in compressional and extensional restoration
  • Fault slip modeling and interactive modeling, Transform restoration
  • Fault Prediction tool and depth to detachment
  • Forward Modeling, Time-step restoration and backstripping

Tue 2 June| Thu 4 June | Mon 8 June  2020 @ 10 – 12 hrs CT

“Electrofacies as a framework for improving the practice of geomodeling ”  David Garner
A key impact on reservoir studies is a rigorous strategy around facies for modeling. Decisions on facies, how to define them and how to model them are an important factor in creating reservoir models that lead to good decisions. The modeled facies provide local geological features, patterns and properties. Facies are derived from many sources with varied definitions and purposes. 

The under used application of electrofacies modeling, a guided machine learning, provides a robust and encompassing framework of methods to bring consistency to facies logs thus enhancing the integration of data for reservoir modeling. For modeling purposes, the input facies categories each represent consistent statistical properties, stationary domains, across a study area. Accounting for known physical behaviour, percolation and capillarity. 

  • Electrofacies concepts, workflows and practice
  • Cases with discussion of modeling impacts

Wed 10 June| Fri 12 June | Wed 17 June  2020 @ 10 – 12 hrs CT

“The Role of Geomodeling in the Multi-disciplinary Team” David Garner
The concepts to models, related workflows and practices embody technical themes that influence strategies for integrated subsurface teams and their economic decision making. The seminar will provide a discussion of geomodeling processes and topics in their integrated context related to general forecasting workflows and will include a discussion on improving the effectiveness of geomodeling within teams. 

Geomodeling is an nced platform to integrate and bridge the technical disciplines. There are three core competencies underpinning the geomodeling discipline for proper execution. Developing geomodeling sadvaophistication leads to the ability to reframe subsurface practices, mitigate bottlenecks and improve subsurface cycle time.

  • An overview of geomodeling processes and contex
  • A breakdown of three core competencies and best practices

Fri 12| Mon 15 | Thu 18 June 2020 @ 12 – 14 hrs CT

“Sequence Stratigraphy from the Ground Up – Every Day Applications” by Katie Joe McDonough
This workshop introduces sequence stratigraphic concepts by reviewing sedimentologic processes and the resulting facies, depositional systems and cyclicity. For better predictability at the regional and reservoir scale, ground your interpretation in sequence stratigraphy. Exercises reinforce recognition of vertical and lateral stratigraphic signatures in various data sets.

  • Cycle recognition across depositional systems
  • Stacking patterns in up-dip and down-dip positions
  • Stratal geometries and systems tracts
  • Combining different scales & types of data
  • Why stratigraphy matters in mudrocks
  • Correlation scenarios and examples from various basins
  • Petroleum systems and sequence stratigraphy

Tue 23 June| Thu 25 June | Tue 30 June  2020 at 12 – 14 hrs CT

“ADVANCED Structural Modeling with LithoTect Software”  Catalina Luneburg
This short workshop provides an overview of the structural modeling tools and techniques using LithoTect Software. The workshop focusses the cross section balancing workflows and various restoration and balancing techniques in different tectonic settings. 

  • Concepts of cross section balancing
  • Kinematic models and applications
  • Time-step restoration
  • Backstripping models with decompaction and isostacy
  • Forward Modeling, and interactive modeling
  • Geometry fields and strain analysis