Energy Transition

Energy Transition | Energy Transition Fundamentals

Shelf Processes, Deposits, and Hazards for the Energy Industry

Course Code: D531
Instructors:  Lesli Wood
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Format and Duration
2 sessions

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Location: Virtual
Date:  13th - 16th Dec 2021
Event Code: D531a21VC
Fee From: USD $1,860 (exc. Tax)


Business Impact: This course will provide critical understanding and hands-on skills for participants working in areas where shelf processes and deposits impact the design and maintenance of wind energy and communications emplacements or success in drilling exploration and development wells.

Through a combination of lectures and case studies, participants will be exposed to many of the aspects that influence design and maintenance of seafloor emplacements with emphasis on predicting, mapping, and quantifying substrate character and predicting variables that influence seafloor and sub-seafloor conditions. The lecture content provides a summary of the fundamentals of hazards analysis and hazards recognition in marine settings. Participants will gain hands-on experience in utilizing remotely sensed data (seismic, sonar, sub-bottom profiler data), logs and core/samples for interpretation of near seafloor structures and sediments, and discuss the recognition criteria for assessing hazards, as well as a background in the variables that influence hazards development in marine settings.


Event Code: D531a21VC
Sessions: 4 sessions
Instructors: Lesli Wood
Dates: 13th - 16th Dec 2021
Location: Virtual
Fee From
USD $1,860 (exc. Tax)
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Duration and Training Method

A virtual classroom course divided into 4 webinar sessions (equivalent to a two-day classroom course), comprising of a mixture of lectures, discussion, case studies, quizzes, and practical exercises to be completed by participants during and between sessions.

Course Overview

Participants will learn how to:
  1. Interpret a variety of different types of data (i.e. seismic, core, samples, strength data, etc.) and integrate those data to derive the condition and state of shelves. 
  2. Translate depositional form into process, then process into sedimentology, and create a risk matrix to assess the implications to business objectives. 
  3. Differentiate tectonic structure from depositional architecture. 
  4. Apply the tools of observation, annotation, and interpretation of various scales of seascape morphology, including regional and localized features. 
  5. Define and justify critical criteria for assessing hazards in a shelf setting and translate those assessments to map exclusion zones. 
  6. Estimate risk, uncertainty, and bias in data interpretation, and utilize this knowledge to make decisions. 

The course is intended to generate instructive discussion among professionals, moderated and guided by the instructor. Exercises will be assigned each day to reinforce the lectures and class participants will complete exercises in class or overnight. Results will be reviewed by participants and the instructor in class.

The following indicates the planned content of the course.

Session 1. Processes and Deposits of the Global Ocean Shelves 

  • Meet and greet, introduction and structure of the course
  • Course introduction to shelf systems and processes
  • Background in seafloor physical processes and deposits
  • Exercise: Mapping Shelf Tidal Architectures
  • Structure of the shallow seafloor

Session 2. Interpreting Seafloor Character

  • Day 1 Review
  • Tools and tool resolution for interpreting the sub-seafloor  
  • Interpreting the geomorphology of shallow submarine substrates
  • A stratigraphic framework for the shallow shelf
  • Exercise: Mapping Young Sequences

Session 3. Hazards Recognition and Assessment

  • Day 2 Review and Q and A
  • Forces acting on seafloor emplacements
  • Shallow water flows and overpressure
  • Exercise: Interpreting Shallow Threats

Session 4.  Submarine Mass Failures and Exclusions Zones and Risks 

  • Review Day 3 Exercise
  • Submarine mass failures
  • Exercise: Morphology of Submarine Mass Failures 
  • Exclusion Zones Map (EZM) construction
  • Wrapup and Day 3 Q and A

The course is aimed at geologists, geophysicists, engineers and managers involved in planning and constructing emplacements in shelf settings.


Lesli Wood

My technical expertise is in clastic sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, and seismic geomorphology. I specialize in the study of land margins and the processes, deposits, and fluid systems that characterize them. This interest extends to systems on other planets, as well as on Earth. I have extensive experience in physical modeling of clastic processes and a strong interest in predictive models of complex geomorphic response to extrinsic and intrinsic changes.

In addition, I have research interests in gas hydrates, shale tectonics, and the biotic and fluid systems of deep-ocean mud volcanoes. My industry experience includes integrated study of petroleum systems, exploration prospect development and operations, and regional hydrocarbon prospect evaluation. I am well versed in the integration of biostratigraphic, oxygen isotopic, geochemical, seismic, and well log and production data for subregional and regional sequence stratigraphic and basin analysis.

Affiliations and Accreditation
PhD Colorado State University - Earth Resources
MS University of Arkansas - Geology
BS Arkansas Tech University - Geology

Courses Taught
N043: Gulf of Mexico Petroleum Systems
N072: Workshop in Geological Seismic Interpretation: Deep Marine Systems
N292:  Deepwater Depositional System Stratigraphy for Exploration and Development (Arkansas, USA)

CEU: 1.6 Continuing Education Units
PDH: 16 Professional Development Hours
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