Play Fairway Analysis and Common Risk Segment Mapping

designed for

exploration geologists and geophysicists, team leaders and exploration managers. This course will especially benefit explorationists who participate as a team, and management or others wishing to implement opportunity evaluation or portfolio management best practices for sub-surface assessment


to introduce participants to the concepts, workflow(s), desirable data and potential tools for play fairway analysis and common risk segment mapping, with the aim of highlighting applications to exploration drilling decision-making, new-entry opportunity assessment and portfolio management


half a day to 2 days (overview presentation followed by workshops or additional case studies as desired by client)


20 (max)



course description

many of the larger global oil companies have applied basin analysis methodologies for many years based on Common Risk Segment (CRS) mapping of basins and play fairways. The value in creating risk maps is that each of the key risks significant to the play is carefully analysed and the supporting data is compiled in a spatially enabled fashion; this procedure often provides insights into the play that otherwise would not be obvious.

This course will provide an overview of methodology and mapping products using presentations and workshops with client data if desired. Topics will include:

• constructing chronostratigraphic diagrams of the basin with supporting data to identify the key petroleum system elements

• generationg gross depositional environment and component risk maps maps for each petroleum system element and each play

• identifying, prioritizing and mapping other risk factors deemed critical to a specific basin or play

• using tools such as ArcGIS or other mapping tools to facilitate the incorporation and synthesis of data from disparate data sources to create the final Common Risk Segment maps

• several case studies will be used to illustrate the workflow and impact of CRS mapping toward more effective acreage acquisition strategies


instruction costs

• please refer to the courses brochure

• there will be additional instruction costs for courses held outside N. America and Europe


additional costs

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

• travel, accommodation and meals for instructors for travel outside Calgary only

• reproduction costs for course manual and exercises

• course venue (+/- lunch/snacks) if not provided directly by the client



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