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PESA WA Short Course – Stratigraphic Forward Modelling

Monday, 11 November, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Guest Speaker(s): Dr. Cedric Griffiths

Cedric Griffiths is CEO of StrataMod and an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University. He has held positions as Nordic Council Research Professor in Petrophysics at NTNU, Trondheim, and the South Australian Chair of Petroleum Geology at the University of Adelaide. He has worked for BP Research and Sintef, in Norway, and CSIRO in Australia on various aspects of  quantitative stratigraphic modelling. Cedric holds a PhD from Newcastle University (UK), and has published numerous peer-reviewed papers. Cedric has been involved with computer simulation and quantitative stratigraphy since 1979 and the development and application of stratigraphic forward modelling since 1992.

Instructor                 Dr. Cedric Griffiths (Curtin University and StrataMod Pty Ltd)
Date/Duration        Monday 11 Nov 2019 (1 day) 08:30 to 17:00
Content                     Multiscale Stratigraphic Process Modelling Familiarisation
Level                          Foundation
EurGeol                    5 CPD points

Course description
The course will appeal to those who wish to improve awareness of the background to, and rapidly developing technology of, Stratigraphic Forward Modelling and its geological, engineering and
environmental application at all scales.
Numerical stratigraphic forward modelling (SFM) simulates the physical, chemical and biological processes that are responsible for stratal architecture over time scales from seconds to millions of years. SFM makes quantitative predictions about stratal architecture and rock properties away from observations. SFM can be applied at all scales, and ages. Using this technology earth scientists can develop  uantitative multiple working hypotheses of basin fill and the response of depositional systems to past, present, and possible future changes in climate, sea level,and sediment supply.
The workflows needed to develop and test depositional and stratigraphic understanding at a variety of scales are utilized and discussed. A brief discussion of the theoretical foundations will be included but there will be an emphasis on practical use of SFM programs in real-world settings so that their capabilities and limitations are well understood.

Aspects covered:

  • Introduction to SFM, history, current trend, and anticipated future developments
  • Approaches to simulating sediment erosion, transport and deposition, carbonate growth, diagenesis, compaction
  • Simulation design for clastic, carbonate, and vegetation growth interaction
  • Practical SedsimX operation and hands-on experiments of clastic, carbonate, aeolian, combined systems at different temporal and spatial scales
  • Choice of appropriate constraint data
  • Data Assimilation and criteria for inverse modelling

Once registered for the course, participants will have immediate access to copies of the latest Windows version of the SedsimX software as used in the course, as well as documentation, with exercises and test data sets.
Participants will be expected to have installed the SedsimX 2019 software and exercises on a laptop that is brought to the course.


At the end of the course, participants will have gained:

1) A deeper understanding of what stratigraphic forward modelling involves.
2) A deeper understanding of the potential role stratigraphic forward modelling may play in exploration and static reservoir model development.
3) A basic knowledge of some of the tools available for numerical stratigraphic forward modelling in different depositional systems.

Participants’ profile
Exploration and Development Geoscientists and Reservoir Engineers

Familiarity with the concepts of stratigraphy and sedimentology and their practical application in the subsurface.




Sponsor: Dr. Cedric Griffiths



Monday, 11 November, 2019
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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