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Subsurface Hydrocarbon Movement

October 10th, 2017

10:00 - 12:00


11:30 - 12:45









13:00 - 17:30

Fundamentals of hydrocarbon movement and entrapment

Chairs: Martin Fowler & Andy Mort

Martin Fowler & Andy Mort

Applied Petroleum Technology (CAN)

Fundamentals of hydrocarbon movement and entrapment & progression in understanding of hydrocarbon migration

Zhiyong He

Zetaware, Houston

Understanding Migration and Trapping in Unconventional Plays

Paul Mackay

Shale Petroleum

The relationship of the oilsands to the uplift of the Rocky

Mountains - a study of basin fluid flow

Barry Bennett


Petroleum migration: How do laboratory experiments measure up

David Thul

ATX Energy Partners

Manifestations of Migration in Rocky Mountain Unconventional Systems: Charge Grain and Loss

Doran Eddins

Council Oak Resources (USA)

Geochemistry applied to the characterization of Woodford Shale generated petroleum within the Meramec Formation’s low transmissibility reservoir.

Michael Whiticar

University of Victoria

Molecular and Isotope Effects during Production and Desorption of Unconventional Shale Gas and CBG

17:30 - 18:30


October 11th, 2017

7:00 - 7:45









 8:00 - 12:30

Experimental: laboratory and field simulation

Chairs: Lorenz Schwark & Thomas Oldenburg

Bernd Krooss

RWTH, Aachen

A review of laboratory approaches to primary migration and expulsion of petroleum

Jon Halvard Pedersen

Lundin Norge

Effect of uplift on HC movement assessed by basin modelling, PVT change prediction and laboratory simulation

Lorenz Schwark

Kiel University

Laboratory simulation of generation and expulsion via the EXPULSINATOR

Thomas Oldenburg

University of Calgary

Ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry in petroleum geochemistry

Michael Abrams

Imperial College London

A New Thermal Extraction Protocol to Evaluate Liquid Rich Unconventional Oil in Place and In-situ Fluid Chemistry

John Curtis
Geomark Research Inc., USA

Carotenoid-derived Hydrocarbons as a Geochemical Tool for Petroleum Exploration and Paleoreconstruction

12:30 - 13:30







13:30 - 17:20

Numerical simulation of hydrocarbon migration

Chairs: Rolando di Primio, Jean-Luc Rudkiewicz, & William Sassi

Øyvind Sylta

Migris, Trondheim

Validation of primary and secondary migration models using upscaled stochastic modelling techniques

Hamza Tazi


Relationship between the acoustic properties and microstructure of source rocks: insights through an effective medium approach

Alan Burnham

Stanford University

A Simple Relative Absorptivity Model

of Petroleum Expulsion

 Michael de Lind


Modeling Petroleum Migration: Conventional vs

Unconventional Techniques

Robert Dombrowski


Integrated Fracture and Drainage Modeling for Unconventional Reservoirs

18:30 -20:00


October 12th, 2017

7:00 - 7:45











8:00 - 12:30

Surface expressions of hydrocarbon migration

Chairs: Michael Abrams & Casey Hubert

Michael Abrams

Imperial College London

Extraction and Evaluation of Near-surface Hydrocarbons as Indicators of Subsurface Generation, Migration, and Entrapment

Bernie B. Bernard


Distinguishing trace levels of thermogenic gas from

local biogenic gas in marine sediments

Rolando di Primio

Lundin Norge

Characteristics and effects of natural gas seepage on the Barents Sea Seabed

 Victor Kunin

Taxon BioSciences

How microbiomes are influenced by and influence

migrating hydrocarbons

Gary Rice


Interpretation of Surface Hydrocarbon Expressions

Using the Vertical Migration Model

Casey Hubert

University of Calgary

Incorporating microbial anomalies into seabed geochemical prospecting in different deepwater settings

12:30 - 13:30












13:00 - 17:30

Case studies, natural systems and observations

 Chairs: Ulrich Berner & Ron Hill

François Gelin

Total, France

How closed is my unconventional source rock system? A case study from the Neuquén Basin, Argentina

Steve Larter

University of Calgary

The dating of fluid residence time in subsurface reservoirs. Challenges, strategies and a design schematic for a practical geochemical toolbox.

Rolando di Primio

Lundin Norge

Reconstruction of petroleum charge and alteration: A case study from the Norwegian North Sea

Mathew Fay

Shell Canada

Fluid flow and entrapment in the Duvernay Resource Play, WCSB


John Curtis

Geomark Research Inc., USA

Insight into Multiple Fluid Migration Events: Estimating Oil Thermal Maturity from Biomarkers, Alkyl Aromatics and Stable Carbon Isotopes


*This schedule/program is susceptible to change. 


Poster Title

Mark Doerner, Ulrich Berner, Michael Erdmann, Torbjørn Dahlgren, and Tanja Barth

Primary migration and expulsion – Application of QEMSCAN analysis and the Rock Eval Shale method on Cenozoic sediments from the Central Tertiary Basin of Svalbard

Jing Zhao, Renzo Correa Silva, Jon Halvard Pedersen, Rolando diPrimio, Haiping Huang, Loyd Snowdon, and Steve Larter

Impact of crude oil composition on Gamma ray radiolysis of petroleum – a factor in reservoir fluid residence age dating

Milovan Fustic, Omid Haeri Ardakani, Chunqing (Dennis) Jiang, Elizabeth Turner, Andy Mort, Hamed Sanei, Gabriela Gonzales, and Darrel Long

Preliminary Petroleum Potential and Organic Matter Characterization of the Mesoproterozoic Upper Arctic Bay Formation (Black Shale) at the Shale Valley Central, Northern Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

Yihua Liu1, Milovan Fustic, Jagoš R. Radović, Gerald Osborn, Makram Hedhli, Chunqing (Dennis) Jiang, and Steve Larter

Lower Carboniferous Banff Formation - New Insights about Petroleum Migration and Rocky Mountains Scenery from a Preliminary Petroleum & Organic Matter Characterization 


Yashar Mehmani, Alan K. Burnham, Michael D. Vanden Berg, Francois Gelin, Hamdi Tchelepi

Multiscale Characterization of Spatial Heterogeneity of Petroleum Source Rocks via Optical and Near-Infrared Reflectance

Steve Larter, Renzo Silva, Lloyd Snowdon, Norka Marcano, Haiping Huang, Eduardo Villareal, Jing Zhao, Roshanak Sonei, Lydia Paredes Gutiérrez, Jon Halvard Pedersen, Rolando di Primio

The dating of fluid residence time in subsurface reservoirs. Challenges, strategies and a design schematic for a practical geochemical toolbox

Carl A. Peters, G. Todd Ventura, Casey Hubert

Lipids of oil-metabolizing microbes in the shallow subsurface as indirect indicators for offshore active petroleum systems.

Carl A. Peters, Christian Hallmann, Simon C. George

Phenolic compounds in oil-bearing fluid inclusions: implications for water-washing and oil migration.

 Daniel Gittins, Anirban Chakraborty, Carmen Li, Casey Hubert  Examining the potential for using bacterial endospores in de-risking offshore petroleum exploration
Jayne E. Rattra, Daniel Gittins, Anirban Chakraborty, Bernie Bernard, James Brooks, Thomas B.P. Oldenburg, Casey R.J. Hubert Investigation into spore coat properties for the rapid identification of endospores in marine sediments
Florian M. Panitz a, Michael Erdmann b, Ulrich W. H. Berner b, Lorenz Schwark  Compositional Fractionation During Expulsion of Petroleum from Source into Carrier Beds
 Oyeboade S. Adebayo and Casey R.J. Hubert Hydrocarbon Degrading Bacteria: Potential Indicators for Oil and Gas Prospection in Deep Sea Sediments 
Titi Aderoju and Stephen Bend   Towards an understanding of the palaeoecology and palaeodepositional environment of the Lower and Upper Bakken: a biomarker and multi-proxy approach
 Anirban Chakraborty, Carmen Li, Daniel Gittins, Emily Ellefson, Bernie Bernard, James Brooks, Casey Hubert  Distributions of thermophilic, endospore-forming bacteria in hydrocarbon seep prospective sediments in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico


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