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URTeC SC-09 | Carbonate Essentials: Pores to Prospect

Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)

Saturday, 18 July Sunday, 19 July 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Austin, Texas

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Who Should Attend

Intended Audience: Entry Level


BS degree in Geology, Geophysics, Petroleum Engineering or related field. Three years’ work experience preferred.


Provide a framework and workflows for exploring and appraising low permeability shales, carbonates, and sandstones in frontier basins, as well as new areas in basins that are producing from unconventional reservoirs.

Course Content

This course is an overview of carbonates from geology to seismic interpretation, with particular emphasis on karst topography and seismic expression thereof.

Carbonate reservoirs represent over 60% of worldwide petroleum reserves, including emerging unconventional reservoirs. Unlike clastics, carbonate mineralogy is relatively simple, while complexity arises from depositional environment lateral variability, pore structure, digenesis and dissolution. These factors influence bulk rock properties and, in turn, seismic response. The course offers a broad overview of carbonate geology and properties that can be mapped on a seismic scale as potential hydrocarbon reservoirs. To illustrate key concepts, field sites and case histories are presented from global locations.

Course Outline:

  • Geology: classification, deposition, diagenesis, dolomite, chalk, pores, karst
  • Rock Physics: velocity versus [everything], beware ND correlation, Gassmann in carbonates?, diagenesis and rock physics
  • 3.Wireline: fractures and cross-dipole sonic, Vp/Vs-Impedance space, synthetic seismogram, time-depth curve
  • Seismic 101: tuning, resolution, spatial aliasing, dip and throw, 3D intro, meaning of seismic amplitude
  • Horizons: layers and information, tracking in unfaulted terrain, offset tracking, flattening, depth conversion, tracking in faulted terrain, geobody extraction
  • Attributes: acoustic impedance, similarity, curvature, spectral decomposition, AVO


30 People
1.5 Credits


  • Zoom and Absorb through SEG On Demand. Participants will need to create an SEG account (free at this will give you access to course materials, quiz and CEU certificate.
  • Course notes, downloadable PDF and access to SEG on Demand


$150 (limit 3)


URTeC SC-09 | Carbonate Essentials: Pores to Prospect
Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, Texas 78701
United States


Christopher  Liner
Christopher Liner Professor U Arkansas, USA

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