Petroleum Systems Modeling
INSTRUCTOR: Lothar Friberg, PhD
DISCIPLINE: Geoscience, Unconventional Reservoirs
COURSE LENGTH (DAYS): 3 Days
AVAILABILITY: Public & In-House
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Designed for geologists, geophysicists, and engineers actively working in exploration.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course covers the concepts of what a petroleum system is comprised of and the benefits of integrating petroleum systems modeling as a discipline in your exploration workflow. In this context, participants will learn about the key parameters required to conduct a petroleum systems modeling study. Day 3 will include a customized hands-on exercise using the client’s data.
KEY CONCEPTS ADDRESSED:
- Introduction to different source rock types and their classification regarding depositional environments, organofacies and kinetics. Brief summary of the analysis methods.
- Heat sources and rock properties affecting the temperature field.
- Thermal maturity of organic matter and parameters to determine it.
- Compaction behavior, pressure distribution and the effect on fluid flow.
- Geochemistry of oil and gas including methods to analyze them.
- Understanding the information stored in geochemical data such as biomarkers and isotopes.
- Factors and processes affecting petroleum properties.
- Introduction to basin modeling and what it can do for you.
- Define source rock organofacies and appropriate kinetic for basin model.
- Understand heat sources contributing to the temperature field of a sedimentary basin and how the basin fill lithologies are affecting it.
- Being aware of standard calibration parameters used in basin models.
- Develop a general knowledge about the wealth of information stored in geochemical data such as maturity and facies and how this information can be utilized in constraining and calibrating your basin model.
- Identify what are the critical input parameters for a basin model.
- Understand the different modeling program approaches and being empowered to choose the most appropriate package/dimension for the particular question to answer.
- Being able to differentiate between strength and weakness of a basin model.
NOTE: You will not learn how to run a petroleum system modeling program such as PetroMod or Zetaware.
- Definition of a petroleum system
- Source rocks
- Depositional environments and organofacies
- Source rock analysis and kinetics
- What makes a good source rock – examples from around the world
- Heat sources
- Conditions affecting the temperature field in a sedimentary basin.
- Definition of thermal maturity
- Common thermal maturity parameters
- Fluid flow
- Pressures and fluid flow/migration
- Analytics (GC, GCMS, Isotopes)
- Biomarkers and their application
- Natural gases
- Factors and processes affecting petroleum properties
- Surface geochemistry
- Basin modeling
- Purpose for modeling
- Petroleum systems modeling workflow and data requirements.
- Modeling dimensions and techniques
- Addressing uncertainties and mitigating them (scenario testing)