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ACE SC 09 | Deltas: Processes, Stratigraphy, and Reservoirs – Core Workshop


Saturday, 18 May Sunday, 19 May 2019, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  San Antonio, Texas

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Who Should Attend

Geoscientists responsible for interpreting and mapping lithofacies within deltaic reservoirs and generating stratal architectures for deltaic modeling and subsurface prediction.


Understanding entire spectrum from exploration-scale considerations to production-scale behavior of flow units for both conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon-bearing deltaic reservoirs.

Course Content

Deltas are extremely important depositional systems and often source and contain prolific hydrocarbon accumulations. This short course will use modern, experimental, outcrop, and subsurface examples to describe the major variables governing the stratigraphic architecture of deltas. Controlling factors discussed will include paleogeography, paleoclimate (high-latitude vs. tropical/temperate), sediment supply and lithology (coarse-grained vs. fine-grained), sequence stratigraphy and accommodation (lowstand vs. highstand; shelf phase vs. shelf-margin deltas), and depositional environments (active vs. abandoned, river/wave/tide-dominance). Inputs and influences on geomodels, including variations in reservoir geometry, continuity, and heterogeneity, will be a primary focus.

This workshop includes topical lectures, key cores, and a suite of exercises that integrate core, well logs, experimental flume-tank data, and seismic sections to develop identification and subsurface mapping skills within deltaic settings. Exercises include an experimental delta tank exercise and core exercises from modern (Wax Lake Delta of Louisiana), ancient outcrop (Lower Cretaceous Ferron Sandstone and Upper Cretaceous Panther Tongue Sandstone of central Utah), subsurface fields (Vicksberg), and Quaternary (Lagniappe) and ancient (South Timbalier 26) seismic-based exercises.

Participants will gain a full appreciation for the depositional processes associated with all types of deltas, recognition criteria for deltaic facies, insight into typical distributions for these lithofacies, as well as the development of key stratigraphic surfaces that can partition deltaic systems into reservoirs and flow units.


Professionals: $700

Students: $200 (Limited Number)

Limit: 25 People

CEU: 12 PDH; 1.2 CEU

Includes: Course Notes and refreshment breaks


ACE SC 09 | Deltas: Processes, Stratigraphy, and Reservoirs – Core Workshop
San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk
889 E Market St
San Antonio, Texas 78205
United States