Specialty Courses

Specialty Courses are in-depth courses of several days length, focused on a specific topic and  taught by one of our renown subject matter experts. 




Mark Rowan, PhD

Mark Rowan an is an industry-renown expert on salt tectonics and has consulted and taught for the petroleum industry worldwide for many years. His primary research and consulting interests are focused on the styles and kinematics of salt tectonics, the processes of salt-sediment interaction, the architecture and evolution of passive margins, and the applications to petroleum exploration. He is the author or coauthor of over 80 papers and 170 abstracts, is the regular instructor for AAPG’s Salt Tectonics school, and has been an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer and an AAPG International Distinguished Instructor.



Series of courses teaching basic concepts of salt tectonics with different focus. 

  1. Practical Salt Tectonics  (4 days)
  2. Salt Tectonics of the Gulf of Mexico (3 days)
  3. Salt Tectonics of passive margins (3 days)
  4. Salt Tectonics of the North Sea (2 days)
  5. Salt Tectonics for geophysicists (2 days)


Bob Ratliff, PhD

Bob Ratliff is a recognized expert for Structural Restorations and Balancing in a variety of tectonic settings. He was one of the founders and developers of the widely-used LithoTect structural analysis software. Bob has lectured worldwide, at various universities and throughout the petroleum industry, on the geometry, kinematics, and interpretation of rock deformation, and has been an instructor for the AAPG Workstation Interpretation of Structural Styles course as well as the Nautilus Seismic Interpretation Field Seminar



  1. Structural Analysis and Validation of Compressional Systems (3 days)

    Concepts and techniques for validating and balancing structural interpretations in compressional tectonic settings. 

Catalina Luneburg, PhD

Catalina Luneburg is a recognized Structural Geology expert in Structural Geology modeling, cross section balancing and 2D/3D time-step restorations, 3D framework building and fracture prediction analyses. Her previous positions at Landmark/Halliburton, Midland Valley and GeoLogic Systems provided her expertise in geomodelling workflows software applications such as LithoTect and DecisionSpace. Luneburg holds a doctorate in Natural Sciences from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, she has published extensively in her field including several books, and has authored a number of patents.



  1. Structural Modeling with LithoTect Software  (3 days)

    Structural restoration and balancing techniques using LithoTect Software. 

Sherilyn Williams-Stroud, PhD

Sherilyn’s areas of expertise include fracture modeling, structural restoration, reservoir stress/strain analysis, and rock fracture mechanics with applications to oil and gas exploration and production in conventional and unconventional resources. She received her MA and PhD from The Johns Hopkins University and her BA from Oberlin College. Her more than 25 years of experience includes research and technical support in the exploration and production technology departments of major oil companies, as well as providing consulting services to operators world-wide. 



  1. Getting to Fractures from Microseismic and Geomechanics (3 days)

    Structural analysis related to natural fracture development,  induced and reactivated fracturing from hydraulic fracture stimulation, and impact of stress state. 


Alexei Milkov, PhD

Dr. Alexei V. Milkov is Full Professor and Director of Potential Gas Agency at Colorado School of Mines and a consultant to oil and gas industry. After receiving PhD from Texas A&M University, Dr. Milkov worked for BP, Sasol and Murphy Oil as geoscientist and senior manager. He explored for conventional and unconventional oil and gas in >30 basins on six continents and participated in the discovery of >4 Billion BOE of petroleum resources. He also worked on several appraisal and production projects. Dr. Milkov has deep expertise in oil
and gas geochemistry, petroleum systems modeling, exploration risk analysis, resourceassessments and portfolio management.



  1. Petroleum Fluids and Source Rocks in E&P Projects (3 days)  Interpret fluids and source rock data to add value to E&P projects from exploration to environmental remediation. 
  2. Risks and Volumes Assessment for Conventional and Unconventional Plays and Prospects (3 days)   Transform qualitative geological descriptions of plays and prospects into quantitative success-case and risked volumetric models.

  3.    Interpretation of Natural Gases (1 day)        

Ursula Hammes, PhD

Ursula specializes in the basin to nano-scale characterization of shale-gas/oil systems as well as clastic and carbonate sequence stratigraphy, analyses of depositional systems, and carbonate and clastic diagenesis. She has published more than 200 papers, 400 abstracts, and served as AAPG Bulleting Editor, AAPG session chair, GCSSEPM President, and lecturer. Dr. Ursula Hammes obtained her Diploma in Geology from the University of Erlangen in Germany in 1987 and her PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1992. Hammes has worked at the Bureau of Economic Geology and the University of Potsdam, Germany. 



  1. Unconventional and tight-carbonate reservoir core workshop (5 days)

    Reservoir characterization, sedimentology, facies, sequence stratigraphy, petrophysics, fractures, and geochemistry of shale-gas/oil bearing tight carbonate rocks in classroom and core workshop


David Garner, MsC

David Garner is a highly regarded expert in applied geostatistical studies in and mining. He has published and presented over 25 papers, many of which were peer-reviewed. Currently, he is an applied geostatistician/geomodeler, trainer and an associate of Geovariances in Fontainebleau, France. Previously Mr. Garner held positions in Halliburton as a Chief Scientist in R&D, as a Specialist in Statoil’s Heavy Oil Technology Centre-Unconventionals R&D, as Senior Advisor Geologic Modeling for Chevron Canada Resources, and Reservoir Characterization Specialist at ConocoPhillips Canada.