Hands-on modeling exercises and case studies introduce you to Petroleum Systems Evaluation
Petroleum systems analysis is a key discipline in the exploration for oil and gas, and basin and petroleum systems modelling (BPSM) is performed for nearly each decision regarding the acquisition of acreage and expensive datasets, to evaluate farm-in opportunities, and particularly before drilling prospects.
Attending of this course will make staff more comfortable to build simple models themselves and, equally important, have a critical assessment of external information (reports, literature, etc.) to make independent conclusions and solid recommendations.
The course content is transmitted through a fluent mixture of lectures and interactive sessions. The latter include on-screen and paper exercises, as well as software demonstration and hands-on exercises to stimulate discussion. The focus of the software part of the course is not on the button pushing but on a critical understanding of the underlying methods. PetroMod 1D will be actively used in the exercises, and 2D and 3D models are analysed. Particular emphasis is given to adapting the appropriate workflow with respect to the questions to be answered. The daily wrap-up offers an additional podium for discussion and ensures that no participant is left behind.
No specific requirement for this course that can take place in any meeting room equipped with computers and a screen with common HSE characteristics, in your company premises or elsewhere.
The course introduces the philosophy and approaches of PSA and BPSM, and typical workflows and examples are presented. An overview of source, reservoir and seal rock as well as trap and oil types is given. After some fundamental theory about compaction and thermal modeling in the afternoon, attendees will perform hands-on burial history modeling exercises using PetroMod 1D.
The case study from day 1 is further developed into a ready-built 2D model which attendees will analyse. A more complex case study including several episodes of uplift and erosion is introduced in the afternoon, including hands-on 1D modeling exercise and the analysis of a 2D model.
The morning of the third day is dedicated to petroleum systems in structural complex areas, with case studies of fold and thrust belt, salt basins, and inverted rifts. In the afternoon, source rocks are introduced, with source rock modeling exercises.
The fourth day is covering all aspects of charge modeling, with model output analysis exercises and numerous case studies from different settings (Rift basin, delta, passive margins, deep water oceanic crust, foreland basin, fold and thrust belt, salt basin).
On the last day, advanced processes such as cross-fault migration, charge lag, PVT effects from uplift and sea level changes, phase and seal relationships, spilling and leaking mechanisms, leaching, biodegradation and secondary cracking are presented. The training finishes with practical guidance on how to design a PSA and BPSM study based on the needs, budget and time constraints, and how-to QC and present such a study, as well as the type of recommendations which can be given (play risk, prospect risk, etc.).
A shorter, more synthetic program can be organized on purpose.
A longer version of the course can be arranged where customer data can be used for 2D and 3D modelling. However, this requires a performing hardware environment and software licenses to be present at the customer location.
This course is suitable for any petroleum geoscientist or other oil and gas professionals with geological background working or having interest in the analysis and evaluation of basins, blocks and prospects. This course will benefit both junior geoscientists in the domain of oil exploration as an introduction to petroleum systems analysis, as well as senior geoscientist for advanced discussions with industry experts.