This course offers participants the opportunity to discover one of the best UNESCO World Heritage Sites in France.
Course Type Field Course
Duration 5 days
Thematic Todays Analogue
Who Should Attend?
This course is for any geoscientist with a basic knowledge of geology, and any participant at bachelor or master level. However, some interest in sedimentology and reservoir characteristics would ensure a better integration in this field course.
Building a depositional model remains a key step prior to the creation of a robust 3D reservoir: it provides the trends of the vertical and lateral facies and their associated reservoir properties. This model relies on a good interpretation of seismic and well data (wireline logs and cores). It relies also on the analogies with existing today’s models such as that of the Mont-Saint-Michel Bay.
This field course allows observing, describing and then understanding how modern sediments and potential reservoir bodies are spatially organized within a coastal landscape that is characterized by one of the highest tidal range in the world and a very fast sedimentary evolution at human scale.
The Mont-Saint-Michel Bay is a unique “live” site to illustrate the depositional rules that control the facies distribution within three main geomorphological domains of this macro-tidal environment:
western muddy to sandy tidal flats,
large estuary with complex tidal channel network near the Mont-Saint-Michel,
sandy beach and dune resulting from wave and wind action in the eastern sector.
A “Learning By Doing” approach is shared with participants. Priority is given to field examination of sedimentary features at various scales. A few and short lectures are restricted to giving the basic knowledge that is required in order to work efficiently in both the field and classroom.
Both individual and team work, including facies mapping, seismic interpretation and high-resolution correlation exercises, is provided in order to promote mutual interactions between geoscientists with different backgrounds (geologist, geophysicist, reservoir engineer).
Each participant is required to provide a yearly medical certificate before attending the field course.
Mont-Saint-Michel Bay Depositional & Facies Models
Day 1: Introduction - Western muddy bay
Day 2: Western sandy bay
Day 3: Couesnon Estuary
Day 4: Sélune and Sée estuaries
Day 5: Wave dominated eastern coast and conclusion
The Mont-Saint-Michel Bay Field Course can also be adapted to a large audience in a more cultural format that fits very well with Team Building objectives.
This course is for any geoscientist with a basic knowledge of geology, and any participant at bachelor or master level.
However, some interest in sedimentology and reservoir characteristics would ensure a better integration in this field course.
Dr. CALINE B.
Recently retired, Bruno had worked for 25 years with TOTAL. As a sedimentologist he specialized in carbonates, namely at the TOTAL Technology Centre in Pau, France. After his PhD and IFP Master he has also worked with Shell as a production geologist.
He gained a broad experience, particularly in dolomite and micro-porosity in carbonates, through various reservoirs case studies in the Netherlands, Sarawak, Middle East, North Africa and North Sea Chalk.
His experience also covers sequence and seismic stratigraphy interpretation, depositional facies analysis, evaluation of reservoir quality (focused on carbonates diagenesis) and reservoir characterization and modeling.