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PESA WA Short Course – The Practical Application of Sequence Stratigraphic Principles

Thursday, 12 April, 2018 @ 8:00 am - Friday, 13 April, 2018 @ 5:00 pm


Guest Speaker(s): Dr Simon Sturrock

Dr Simon Sturrock is a consultant geoscientist specialising in Sequence Stratigraphy for the purpose of better understanding basin evolution and sedimentary fill for reservoir and seal prediction. He has an extensive knowledge of practical sequence stratigraphy and is highly experienced in applying these skills to field appraisal and development, exploration prospect and play fairway evaluation and risk analysis.  He holds a proven track record in accurately predicting reservoir, source and seal distribution, which has substantially reduced costs and assisted in the discovery of commercial hydrocarbons. After completed a PhD at the University of Exeter on the sedimentology of a modern transgressive depositional system, Simon joined The Natural History Museum in London where he studied Tertiary Larger Foraminifera from Pakistan. He joining BP as a Biostratigrapher and worked on many basins around the world, especially the Americas N & S and the North Sea. After 7 years immersed in microfossils Simon took the opportunity to become a Seismic Stratigrapher for BP.  He worked on unravelling depositional systems and the structural evolution of basins in Vietnam and China.  Simon left BP in 1994 to pursue a career as an independent consultant and has since worked for over 20 oil companies and two NOCs in many basins around the world. In 1999 Simon established STRAT TRAP Pty. Ltd., a successful Perth based seismic and sequence stratigraphic consultancy. Between 2003 and 2014 Simon ran the technical office in Perth for Octanex Limited, as their consultant exploration manager. In this role he oversaw the exploration of a large portfolio of permits in Australia and New Zealand, resulting in their profitable farmout.

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A two day, exercise based, training course focused on the interpretation of real datasets, mostly from the NWS Australia and covering Permian to Tertiary stratigraphy.
Exercises include the interpretation of seismic, wireline log and core data and the integration of these data, using a Sequence Stratigraphic methodology, to produce predictive depositional models for reservoir and seal distribution.
The course commences with an introducing to the principles and concepts of Sequence Stratigraphy, interspersed with short exercises.
The series of stratigraphic exercises are interspersed with short talks on sedimentology and sequence stratigraphic interpretation in different depositional systems.
The purpose of the course is to enable geoscientists to confidently interpret data from depositional systems in a predictive way using the principles and methodology of Sequence Stratigraphy.

The course will enable attendees to identify sequence stratigraphic events, interpret depositional systems tracts, improve their ability to predict depositional facies and better understand how basins form and fill.


The aim of the course is to provide an in-depth understanding of sequence stratigraphic principles with the purpose of applying this methodology to geologic datasets.

The course is exercised based, interspersed with short guide presentations on the theory and practical application of sequence stratigraphy.

The course is designed to give attendees the confidence to make predictive sequence stratigraphic interpretations through the integration of seismic and well based data from regional to field scale.

Attendees will be able to rapidly understand how basins evolve through time and when and where the elements of a petroleum system are likely to occur.

Course Outline:

Day 1 Sequence Stratigraphic Concepts & Principles

Presentation 1: Introduction to Sequence Stratigraphy.

Exercise 1

Presentation 2: Seismic Stratigraphy

Exercise 2: Picking stratal terminations

Presentation 3: Sequence stratigraphic concepts & principles 1

Exercise 3: Seismic facies

Presentation 4: Sequence stratigraphic concepts & principles 2:

Exercise 4: Wheeler diagram

Day 2 Practical Application of Sequence Stratigraphy to real data

Presentation 5: Sequence Stratigraphic Models

Exercise 5: Picking sequence stratigraphic surfaces on logs and seismic

Presentation 6: Depositional systems 1

Exercise 6: Sequence stratigraphy in Wells and Cores

Presentation 7: Depositional systems 2

Exercise 7: Sequence stratigraphic interpretation integrating seismic & wells

Presentation 8: Summary of Practical Application of Sequence Stratigraphy

Those members in financial hardship can contact WA-president@pesa.com.au, and if there are unsold places these may be offered at a reduced rate.


Ticket sales close Tuesday 5pm


Thursday, 12 April, 2018 @ 8:00 am
Friday, 13 April, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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    250 St Georges Terrace
    Perth, WA 6000 Australia

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