Upcoming Division Talk

Workshop Overview- Unlocking the Duvernay Formation 

The Basin Analysis and Sequence Stratigraphy (BASS) Division of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists cordially invites you to our inaugural Core Workshop on the afternoon of September 6, 2019.  The theme of the Core Workshop is the Devonian Duvernay Formation.  This core workshop is aimed towards geoscientists and engineers of all levels who seek to advance their understanding of the Duvernay Formation.  A panel of geoscience experts will share their knowledge on recent advances in research and development from the Duvernay unconventional mudrocks. 

The Duvernay is widespread in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, but like other recent unconventional plays, the identification of sweet spots is still maturing from the infancy stages of play development.  Only through the integration of detailed geoscientific studies and advances in technology will industry be able to unlock the challenges faced with managing risks in exploring and optimizing recovery from the complex Duvernay reservoir systems.  Some of the challenges that will be discussed involve research from thin-section scale analysis of the matrix to regional fracture systems as correlated to core.  These core studies will advance reservoir and hydraulic fracture characterization models and will support the goal in calibrating to field-scale reservoir parameters and models impacting future strategies for optimizing field development planning and production.

 Workshop Presentations 
These Rocks All Look the Same:
Integrating Geoscience and Petrophysics with Completions and Reservoir Engineering to Unlock the Duvernay

Speaker TBA, Shell Canada Ltd presentation

Reservoir Models for the Duvernay Formation from Facies and Sequence Stratigraphic Analysis
Speaker: Nicolas Harris, University of Alberta

Are We Underestimating the Role of Natural Fractures in Western Canada's Unconventional Plays?
A Discussion around the Duvernay and Montney 

Speakers: Amy Fox, Enlighten Geoscience & Graham Davies, Graham Davies Geological Consultants

Hidden Secrets of the Devonian Duvernay Formation:
Origin of OM and Minerals, Diagenetic Processes and their Influences on Rock-Fluid Interaction

Speaker: Raphael Wust, AGAT Laboratories

Lithofacies Controls on Petrophysical and Geomechanical Properties of the Duvernay Formation:
The Importance of Representative Rock Sampling for Core-to-log Calibrations 

Speaker: Amin Ghanizadeh, University of Calgary 


Member registration: $25+gst
One registration per person- register early to secure your spot
Registration closes August 30, 2019
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Division Profile

Our meeting schedule is to have at least one informal brown-bag talk every month, except during the summer. Talks normally start at 12:00 noon and finish before 1:00 p.m. Each talk consists of a 40 minute technical presentation followed by a 10 minute question period. 

Involvement of our CSPG members is the key to the success of the Division. Individuals are encouraged to take part in all activities. Service companies are also encouraged to attend Division meetings and be involved in all Division activities. Basin Analysis and Sequence Stratigraphy Technical Division Talks are free to CSPG members. Please bring your lunch. For further information about the division, joining our mailing list, a list of upcoming talks, or if you wish to present a talk or lead a field trip, please contact either Steve Donaldson at (403) 808-8641 or Mark Caplan at (403) 975-7701.

Committee Members
Co-Chair: Steve Donaldson 
Co-Chair: Mark Caplan
Committee members: 
Dragos Distaru
Rob North
Russ Phillips
Richard Wong

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Past Presentations

January 16th, 2019
Western Canada Sedimentary Basin Petroleum Systems: A Working and Evolving Paradigm - Kirk Osadetz
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April 27th, 2016
Sequence Stratigraphic Analysis of Mixed, Reefal Carbonate and Siliciclastic Systems - Ashton Embry
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March 11th, 2015
Geological Risk - Kirk Osadetz
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March 14th, 2014
The Future of Gas Hyrdates as a Fuel - Kirk Osadetz 
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February 11th, 2014
Alberta Hydrocarbon - Bearing Shales & Siltstones - Steve Lyster & Dean Rokosh
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