Professional Development Workshops

Charlie Stelck Centennial Geology Short-Course Series

In recognition of 100 years of geological teaching and research at the University of Alberta, The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences will deliver a series of GeoScience educational seminars entitled “The Charlie Stelck Centennial Geology Short-Course Series”. This series is designed for professional development to keep your knowledge and skills current.

Cost per course ranges from $750-$800/ participant- per day. Lunch and workbook included.

 

Please Contact Shyra Craig at 780.492.3265 or Shyra.Craig@ualberta.ca to register.

 


Sequence stratigraphy: concepts and applications (2-Days)

November 28-29, 2012 
Instructor: Octavian Catuneanu, Professor, University of Alberta 
Classroom only- Metropolitan Conference Centre, Royal Room
333-4th Avenue, Calgary
Cost: $1500

This workshop presents the concepts and practical applications of sequence stratigraphy for petroleum exploration and production. All concepts are illustrated with field examples of seismic, well-log, core, and outcrop data. In-class exercises emphasize the recognition of sequence stratigraphic surfaces and systems tracts on well-log cross-sections, seismic lines, and outcrop profiles. The points of agreement and difference between the various sequence stratigraphic approaches (models) are discussed, and guidelines are provided for a standard process-based workflow of sequence stratigraphic analysis. This enables the practitioner to eliminate nomenclatural or methodological confusions, and apply sequence stratigraphy effectively for facies predictions in exploration and production.


The geology of shallow-water marginal-marine strata in Alberta, with virtual tours of bays and estuaries from around the world (2 Days)

January 31-February 1, 2013.
Instructor: Murray Gingras, Professor, University of Alberta
ERCB Core Viewing Facility 
3545 Research Way NW, Calgary
Cost: $1600

Aimed to help participants identify and interpret the main sedimentary and ichnological characteristics of shoreface, delta, and bay / estuary deposits from core datasets. Core will be from the WCSB and viewed at the ERCB Core Viewing Facility. Cored intervals viewed will include the Dunvegan Formation, the Bluesky Formation, the Clearwater Formation (Cold Lake), the McMurray Formation, the Wabiskaw Member of the Clearwater Formation, and the Dinosaur Provincial Park Formation. Examples will be compared to modern depositional settings around the world.


Source Rocks 101- The basics of evaluating petroleum source rocks (1-Day)

February 12, 2013
Instructor: Nick Harris, Associate Professor
Classroom only- Metropolitan Conference Centre, Royal Room
333-4th Avenue, Calgary
Cost: $750

This course will provide a succinct overview of the characteristics of source rocks and how to evaluate them.  Topics to be covered will include the data needed to evaluate source rocks, the relationship between source rock type and the hydrocarbons they generate, and the role of thermal history in source rock generation.  Basin modeling exercises will be used to demonstrate the sensitivity of estimated volumes of generated and expelled hydrocarbons to organic matter richness and type, thermal maturity and cracking kinetics; these examples will be drawn from western North America.


Applied hydrochemistry in petroleum exploration and production (1-Day)

March 6, 2013
Instructor: Ben Rostron, Professor, University of Alberta
Classroom only- Metropolitan Conference Centre, Royal Room
333-4th Avenue, Calgary
Cost: $750

This one day short course will provide a brief overview of hydrogeochemistry and demonstrate how it can provide answers to exploration and production problems. The course includes sections on basic water chemistry, groundwater classification and evolution, fingerprinting formation waters, and an introduction to the applications of stable isotope geochemistry. Concepts will be illustrated using numerous examples from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, and elsewhere.


Geological evolution of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin (2-Days)

April 18-19, 2013 
Instructor: John-Paul Zonneveld, Associate Professor, University of Alberta
Classroom only- Metropolitan Conference Centre, Royal Room
333-4th Avenue, Calgary
Cost: $1500

This short course provides an overview of the stratigraphic and structural evolution of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin, focusing on the settings of major conventional and unconventional play types from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.  This course is intended to provide a refresher course for established geoscientists working in different parts of the basin as well as an introduction to the major WCSB play types to geoscientists new to western Canada.

 


Using carbon and hydrogen isotope geochemistry to understand WCSB gases with an emphasis on shale gas and environmental applications (1-Day)

Date: TBD
Instructor: Karlis Muehlenbachs, Professor & Dr. Barb Tilley, University of Alberta
Classroom only- Metropolitan Conference Centre, Royal Room
333-4th Avenue, Calgary
Cost: $750

Carbon and hydrogen isotope geochemistry is now a standard tool used in the Industry to elucidate the origin of various hydrocarbon gases.  Natural gas has an inbuilt isotope fingerprint that can identify the source of fugitive gases as well a resolve questions such as reservoir continuity and help in production allocation. This one day course will review the fundamental principles and nomenclature used in gas isotope geochemistry and then examine examples from our laboratory that illustrate how one can not only deduce the mechanisms of gas origin but also identify the source of surface casing leaks and gas migration.  Emphasis will be on shale gas.

 


Dolomite hydrocarbon reservoirs (2-Days)

 

Date: TBD
Instructor: Hans Machel, Professor, University of Alberta
ERCB Core Viewing Facility 
3545 Research Way NW, Calgary
Cost: $1600

DOLOMITE HYDROCARBON RESERVOIRS
This seminar begins with an overview of the methods used to investigate carbonate rocks, followed by a brief review of the chemical conditions that favor dolomitization and mass balance considerations. This serves as a basis for a discussion of the porosity evolution during or as a result of dolomitization. Dolomitization models are reviewed from early to late, from shallow to deep, from cold to hydrothermal, including subsequent karstification and sour gas formation. Selected case studies will be presented in lecture and core display and include conventional and unconventional oil reservoirs, sweet and sour gas reservoirs. The concepts and case studies presented can be applied to carbonate reservoirs in general, and to dolomitized and karstified reservoirs in particular. Recommended for individuals working in exploration and/or development of carbonate reservoirs.

 

 

Please Contact Shyra Craig at 780.492.3265 or Shyra.Craig@ualberta.ca to register.

 

Core Research Centre: Calgary
Energy Resources Conservation Board | Core Research Centre
3545 Research Way NW | Calgary, Alberta | Canada T2L 1Y7
Phone: (403) 297-6400 | Fax: (403) 297-5982

Metropolitan Conference Centre: Calgary
Royal Room | 333-4th Avenue SW | Calgary, Alberta | Canada T2P 0H9
Phone: (403) 266-3876 | Fax: (403) 233-0009