Clastic Exploration School

  David James
Date:   October 16 - October 20, 2017 at 7:45AM to 4:00PM
Location:         October 16th - geoLOGIC Classroom
540-5 ave SW, 2nd Floor Conference room, Calgary AB T2P 0M2
October 17th - 20th - AER Core Research Facility
3545 Research Way NW, Calgary AB T2L 1Y7 
PDH Credit:   40

CSPG Member Rate   $2400 
Non-Member Rate    $2600 

Course Overview
This five-day school has been taught to Calgary, Houston and internationally based geologists and geophysicists for over 30 years and was initially designed as a mandatory course for all junior staff. Over the years it became apparent that more senior G/G (and Engineers) could gain great benefit from re-examining the advances made in facies modeling, traces fossils, sequence stratigraphy and seismic geomorphology. Using a combination of lectures followed by core examination, all clastic depositional settings from the Western Canadian basin that contain hydrocarbons are discussed.

Emphasis will be placed on core description, identifying sedimentary structures, recognizing reservoir facies, sequence boundaries, flooding surfaces and most importantly, thinking geologically. Delegates will be exposed to a vast amount of core (600+ boxes) over 5 days. The ultimate product is the establishment of a robust stratigraphically and facies based exploration model to guide a drilling program. Core correlation and field based exercises with data sets from the Alberta Basin and the international arena will be used to reinforce the concepts. The school concludes with a lecture on the controls of reservoir quality and how they relate to depositional setting and well productivity.


David earned his BSc and MSc from the University of Calgary during the 70’s and later, his doctorate from Oxford working under the supervision of Harold Reading. He has 35+ years of Industry experience. The first 14 years were spent at Esso/Exxon where he was introduced to sequence stratigraphy. It was at this time he started a 25+ year collaboration with Henry Posamentier, Mac Jervey, Dale Leckie and more recently Andy Pulham.  After Esso, David served in various roles such as Chief Geologist, Chief Geoscientist or Manager of International with Wascana/Nexen, Renaissance/Husky and Anadarko. In addition to his extensive experience in the Western Canadian Basin, McKenzie Delta and East Coast, David has spent many years in the International arena, especially the Middle East and UK.  He is the co-editor of CSPG Memoirs 15 and 18 on Sequence Stratigraphy and the Mannville Group respectively and has published many articles or abstracts on stratigraphy and sedimentology. As a consequence of his contributions, David has repeatedly been selected as a distinguished lecturer for the CSPG in addition to being recognized with awards from the SEPM and AAPG. During his many years in industry, David has taught exploration, clastics facies, sequence stratigraphy and led field trips for several generations of geologists and geophysicists. Well over 1000 G/G have attended his Clastics Exploration school taught since the early 1980’s and a similar number of delegates with his Nautilus based Colorado Field trip, taught with Andy Pulham for over a decade.  David was a Director and Vice Chairman of Geoscience BC, sat on several boards and lives in glorious retirement in Victoria where he plays golf very badly.

David has chosen to teach this class for the last time under the auspices of the CSPG as a thank you to the Society and to Industry. 

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