Hydrocarbon Exploration in Fold-Thrust Belts

designed for

geologists and geophysicists, ideally with at least 3 years experience, engaged in exploration (or development) in compressional settings


to review the basic tools of geometric analysis in compressional systems and their application to hydrocarbon exploration, with focus on critical success factors


3-5 days depending on whether field days are included


20 (max)


Southern Canadian or Northern U.S. Rockies if field component included (could be based in Calgary)

course description

This course will outline the basic principles and techniques of evaluating hydrocarbon prospects in thrust belts and inversion provinces, illustrated by examples from around the world. Two days comprise a series of lectures and practical exercises to illustrate geometric principles including seismic interpretation of thrust belt structures and balancing a crosssection.

On the third day participants will apply the geometric principles to an exploration problem based on a well-explored thrust belt. This will include developing models of charge and migration of hydrocarbons in relation to the timing of deformation. The optional fourth and fifth days would entail a field trip to examine field examples of the structures discussed.

Topics will include:

• fundamentals of compressional tectonics and structures

• geometry and evolution of compressional structures and hydrocarbon traps

• basics of interpreting seismic data in fold-thrust belts

• basics of interpreting well data in fold-thrust belts

• basic principles and techniques of viable section construction and balancing

• effective rules for quick assessment of interpretations in fold-thrust belts

• application of concepts and techniques to well planning in fold-thrust belts

• fractured reservoirs associated with fold-thrust structures

• petroleum systems in fold-thrust belts, with global exploration case studies

• thin-skinned versus thick-skinned and inversion tectonics, and implications for hydrocarbon prospects and plays


Elements of this course can be combined with “Geological Analysis of ;aturally Fractured Reservoirs”

instruction costs

• please refer to the courses brochure


additional costs

(to be determined based on current prices, number of participants, etc):

• accommodation and meals for instructors in the field

• reproduction costs for course manual and exercises if not provided by the client

• vehicle rental, fuel, accommodation and meals for participants


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