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Capturing uncertainty in geomodels: Best practices and pitfalls

11-12 December 2013, Elphinstone Hall, University of Aberdeen 

Over recent years, the static description of hydrocarbon fields has increasingly been undertaken via construction of 3D cellular geomodels. The model builder’s toolkit is now extensive, incorporating sophisticated structural framework building capabilities, numerous gridding technologies and an ever-expanding, complex geostatistical data modelling resource. However, as we develop hydrocarbon fields and not the geomodels that are built to describe them, we must ask whether the modelling paradigm is robust and whether the models illuminate or
hide uncertainty.
This two-day conference explored how geomodelling tools should be used to best effect, and when such tools mislead or do not add value. The focus will be on methods and workflows for capturing uncertainty throughout the geomodelling process, and on how to carry this uncertainty into the dynamic modelling realm.

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Microbial Carbonates in Space and Time: Implications for Global Exploration and Production

19-20 June 2013, The Geological Society London  

Microbial carbonates occur globally throughout the stratigraphic column, from the Archean to the present-day and occur in a wide range of environments. They constitute principal reservoirs of the recent pre-salt discoveries offshore Brazil, producing fields in the Middle East, and are the targets of the pre-salt play offshore Angola. Further development of our understanding and knowledge of microbial carbonates has significant implications for future worldwide exploration and production of these intriguing deposits.
Key themes explored by the speakers over the 2 day conference included:
• Regional and Basin settings, in particular new advances in the understanding of the pre-salt south Atlantic margins.  
• Reservoir Studies: from Gulf of Mexico, to Kazakhstan (Karachaganak, Tengiz and Korolev fields) and Oman (South Oman Salt Basin and analogue).
• Analogues: Understanding of frontier Precambrian petroleum systems, with analogue studies in Namibia to well-known reservoirs from Oman.
• Depositional and environmental controls illustrated by a range of studies from the Great Salt Lake, Eocene Green River to the Permian Zechstein in the North Sea.
• Texture and diagenesis: unlocking the conundrum of texture, diagenesis, pore systems and preservational vs. depositional environment.
• Petrophysical Characterisation: challenges in sampling and measurements to techniques
for 3D visualisation of porosity network.

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Special Publication: SP418



Hydrocarbon Exploration in the Zargros Mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran

23-25 Jan 2013, The Geological Society London 

The Zagros Mountain range extends from Iran in the SE through the Kurdish regions of NE Iraq into SE Turkey. In Iran it has been a prolific petroleum province for many decades; however it is only recently that exploration has recommenced in Iraqi Kurdistan.
This conference provided a forum where experience from the mature petroleum province of the Iranian Zagros can be combined with new understanding and knowledge from the exciting early days of Kurdish exploration.
It will be of interest to academics and industry professionals active in the region and will cover all aspects of the geological evolution and hydrocarbon resources of the Zagros Mountains.
Session topics will include:
  • Petroleum Systems
  • Sequence Stratigraphy
  • Reservoir Geology
  • Biostratigraphy
  • Regional Structure
  • Recent Structure
  • Exploration Strategy
  • Exploration History

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