Exploration and Production Geologists,
Basin Modelers, Geochemists, Chemists, Freshmen Petroleum Geochemists, Exploration Managers
Those geologists, beginning geochemists and other geoscientists who have been struggling to get started with biomarker understanding, applications and interpretation based on other courses and by self-directed use of “The Biomarker Guide” will benefit by solidifying their foundations in the basic knowledge of the science and by real interpretive exercises reviewed in class based on a world-wide selection of biomarker analysis examples.
The course will continue to advance from basics to deeper understanding and new technologies and methods, such as diamondoids and compound specific isotope analysis.
These new developments have been underutilized (and sometimes misunderstood and misused) compared to the wealth of new understanding they can bring forth when applied to petroleum system analysis and modeling. Participants will take away new skills for identifying where deep sources occur and for determining their provenance from analysis of any liquids.
Technology for determining co-sourced oil mixtures, and the latest techniques for constraining the age of an oil source from analysis of an oil sample (age-related biomarkers) will be thoroughly covered. These are techniques that can be applied in both conventional and unconventional exploration and production.
In the unconventional realm maturity assessment by quantitative diamondoid analysis has become particularly useful when vitrinite reflectance or programmed pyrolysis fail to produce confident results and/or to determine when fluid migration might have occurred, but data quality can be the critical factor for determining whether diamondoid data are useful.
The course content will cover both the basics of biomarker interpretation and application and advanced geochemical technologies.
Advanced geochemical technologies:
Limit: 50 people
Includes: Course notes (USB drive) and refreshments
You will need a laptop for this course. Some materials for background easy-reference information and some in-class exercises will be printed as hand-outs. Prior access to Peters et al., (2005) “The Biomarker Guide, Volumes 1 and 2” is desirable as background reading, but is not critical for understanding and assimilating the course content.
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There are a limited number of discounted registrations available for students on a first-come, first-served basis. If a discounted space is still available, it will show up during the online registration process. If discounted spots are no longer available, you may register at the full fee; if we are able to add additional discounted spots we will refund the difference at that time.
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