Training Activities

We run both class-room based and field based training in high resolution sequence stratigraphy, reservoir geology and deepwater reservoir analogues. Some courses are mixed classroom/field forums. A key factor in considering training by the STRAT Group is that every example we consider in detail, both in terms of outcrops and sub-surface datasets, has been worked by our staff and PhD students for a minimum of 2 years and every study has been published in peer-reviewed international journals.

Field Courses/Workshops

We run a series of field-based courses and the emphasis of each course is tailored for the audience (e.g. exploration, development, reservoir modelling/engineering). These courses can be combined with the above courses or are run as freestanding field events. We currently offer courses to the following areas and in every case the course is based on a minimum of 3 years of field-based research by our staff and PhD students. Also, in every case we have published papers on the area in international, peer-reviewed journals. We have led conference field trips to some of these areas under the auspices of AAPG and IAS.

Shallow Marine/deltaic/coastal plain/fluvial systems

Book Cliffs, Utah
Northumberland Basin, NE England
Appalachian Basin, Kentucky
Neuquen Basin, Argentina

Arid fluvial/Aeolian systems

Neuquen Basin, Argentina (with La Plata University)
Northern Namibia (with Leeds University)

Deepwater systems

Karoo Basin, South Africa (both Tanqua and Laingsburg)
Sorbas-Tabernas Basin, Spain
Gres d'Annot, France
Neuquen Basin, Argentina

Further details and tailor-made quotations are available from Professor Stephen Flint

High resolution sequence stratigraphy


This course has evolved over the last decade, through annual updates and covers all siliciclastic depositional environments and all basin types. The course includes 10 hands-on practical exercises. A cornerstone of this course is the integration of theory with case studies and examples based on our own research over the last 15 years. Concepts are introduced using outcrop examples and then applied to real subsurface datasets. The applications of HRSS to reservoir modelling are fully discussed. The course has been run in Shell companies worldwide, in Saudi Aramco regularly and for several other companies; it has been delivered in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australasia. We have also run versions based in Liverpool for visiting geoscientists from national oil companies. Shortened versions of the course have been run for the PESGB (UK) and PESA (Australia).

Deepwater Depositional systems and stratigraphic prediction


This new course incorporates our 10 years of outcrop-based studies of deepwater systems in many basins but particularly the Karoo systems of South Africa and the Sorbas-Tabernas basin of southern Spain. The course is usually combined with a field trip to Spain or South Africa and can be run in mixed classroom/field mode.

 

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