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ACE SC 11 | Deltas: Processes, Stratigraphy, and Reservoirs – A Core, Log, and Seismic Workshop

Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) and Gulf Coast Section SEPM

Thursday, 11 June Friday, 12 June 2020, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Houston, 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 data, and seismic sections to develop identification and subsurface mapping skills within deltaic settings. Cored examples from the modern Wax Lake Delta of Louisiana, ancient Lower Cretaceous Ferron Sandstone (Last Chance Delta), Upper Cretaceous Panther Tongue Sandstone of central Utah), and subsurface fields (Vicksberg, Sakhalin Island offshore), as well as seismic-based Quaternary (Lagniappe) and ancient (South Timbalier 26) will help participants gain a full appreciation for the depositional styles associated deltas, recognition criteria for all types of deltaic systems, and insight into typical distributions of both reservoir and seal facies in these complex systems.

$360 Professional
$100 Students (Limited Number)
25 People
Educational Credits:
1.2 CEU
12 PDH
Course Notes
Refreshment Breaks


ACE SC 11 | Deltas: Processes, Stratigraphy, and Reservoirs – A Core, Log, and Seismic Workshop
Friendswood Core Facility
301 Old Choate Rd
Houston, Texas 77043
United States

The core facility is located about 15 miles south of Houston near I-45. Local transportation using Uber, Lyft, taxi, personal or rental car is recommended.



AAPG Instructor  
AAPG Instructor  
Institute for Geophysics, Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX
AAPG Instructor  
GCSSEPM, Houston, Texas

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