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Workshop in Geological Seismic Interpretation: Deep Marine Systems

Course Code: N072
Instructors:  Lesli Wood
Course Outline:  Download
Format and Duration
3 days


The course is aimed at seismic interpreters working in areas dominated by deepwater depositional systems. Through a combination of lectures and case studies, the participants are exposed to many aspects of seismic stratigraphic interpretation, with emphasis on predicting, mapping and quantifying deepwater reservoirs.  


The exercises were very interesting, with highly representative examples of the topics covered and high quality material.

Duration and Training Method

A three-day classroom course comprised of a mixture of lectures, workshop, exercises and case studies.

Course Overview

Participants will learn to:

  1. Assess, map, and quantify deepwater depositional systems.
  2. Evaluate seismic facies to create a depositional model and predict reservoir presence, distribution, and quality.
  3. Construct seismic interpretations by integrating analogues, models and wells.
  4. Evaluate reflection terminations and configurations on seismic data.
  5. Assess implications of interpretations on lithology, net-to-gross, and reservoir properties.
  6. Evaluate the geomorphology of deepwater depositional systems using quantitative seismic geomorphologic techniques.

The lecture content provides a summary of the fundamentals of deep marine systems. The principal goal of the course is to provide subsurface interpreters with a methodology and hands-on experience in seismic stratigraphic interpretation of deepwater depositional systems. The course is intended to generate instructive discussion among experienced professionals, moderated and guided by the tutor. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of their own data to discuss.

Day 1

Introduction, overview, goals

  • Course logistics, goals, overview of agenda and relevance of deepwater reservoirs in the E&P business

Deepwater depositional systems – fundamentals

  • Model- vs. process-based approach
  • Factors controlling deposition in the deepwater environment
  • Depositional elements
  • Slope to basin changes in depositional architecture

Seismic facies analysis

  • Key surfaces in deepwater environments
  • Reflection terminations
  • Reflection configurations
  • Seismic facies maps
  • Other techniques/workflows in seismic facies interpretation
  • Review of integrated workflow and case studies


Day 2

Interpretation of deepwater environments using seismic facies

  • Seismic geomorphology
  • Channel and Levee systems
  • Elements of the channel levee systems
  • Sheets and fan lobes



Day 3

  • Morphometrics of deepwater depositional systems
  • Deepwater canyon formation and fill
  • Evolution, nature and implications of mass transport processes and deposits

Geoscientists working on deepwater sediments, whether in exploration, appraisal, development or production. The workshop format demands a high degree of commitment and involvement by participants, who are strongly encouraged to bring relevant material that can contribute to the discussion.

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: 2.4 Continuing Education Units
PDH: 24 Professional Development Hours
Certificate: Certificate Issued Upon Completion
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