B.A.S.S. DIVISION
Upcoming Division Talk

FEBRUARY DIVISION TALK
Changes in Depositional Style between the Underfilled and Overfilled Western Canada Sedimentary Basin Foreland Basin 

Speaker: Brian A. Zaitlin | Zaitlin Geoconsulting Ltd.

Location: geoLOGIC classroom, Aquitaine Tower +15 level, 540-5th Avenue S.W., Calgary

February 13th, 2019 | 12:00 Noon 

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ABSTRACT:

The Jurassic-Cretaceous foreland basin of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin (FB-WCSB) is part of the WCSB Super Basin and is considered one of the premier hydrocarbon provinces of North America. The FB-WCSB is characterized by multiple conventional and unconventional stacked reservoirs and source rocks within in a deep basin system (DBS), organized into:
A lower Underfilled foreland basin (UFB), with the main reservoir units associated with the Jurassic to Lower Cretaceous Nordegg, Poker Chip, Rock Creek, Fernie-Nikinassin, Mannville (and stratigraphic equivalents); and 
An upper Overfilled foreland basin (OFB) consisting of the Joli Fou, Viking, SWS, Cardium and Belly River (and equivalents).  
The UFB is characterized by restricted marine and marginal marine mixed carbonate and clastic deposits sourced from the south and east; overlain by clastic dominated fluvial to marginal marine (shoreline, deltaic and estuarine) deposits. Accommodation space increases to the north and northwest. Paleodrainage is characterized by fluvial and fluvial deltaic systems oriented dominantly from south and southeast towards north and northwest, splitting around paleotopographic highs. Shorelines are oriented east-west. The shorelines are segmented along strike into compartments due to multiple point sources of sediment from the multiple S-N oriented fluvial and fluvial deltaic systems occurring along the length of the shorelines.
The transition between UFB and OFB is marked by a major reorganization of paleodrainage and associated shoreline orientation. The OFB is characterized by clastic dominated fluvial to marginal marine fluvial, deltaic, estuarine, shoreface and shelf deposits sourced from the west. Paleodrainage associated with the OFB is characterized by fluvial and fluvial deltaic systems oriented from west to east. Shorelines are oriented north-south, parallel to the length of the foreland basin. 
The organization of the WCSB-FB reservoirs into UFB vs. OFB, and an understanding of depositional environment and sequence stratigraphic framework, allow for a better understanding of Deep Basin conventional and unconventional targets. 

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Brian has ~40 years of front-line exploration/exploitation, R&D and A&D experience in the oil and gas industry. He has worked in a variety as a Geologist, Explorationist, Technical Specialist, Technical and Exploration Advisor and Chief Geologist with a variety of E&P companies and in Corporate Banking/Private Equity.

Brian’s focus is on both conventional and unconventional new play development.  His research interests lie in the understanding of fluvial, coastal and shallow-marine depositional systems and their preserved stratigraphy, and in applying this knowledge to reservoir characterization and modeling.

He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed technical papers and oral presentations, and is the recipient of numerous awards including the CSUR Sproule Innovation and Achievement Award, CSPG Medal of Merit for best published paper, CSPG Tracks Award for Education, CSPG Ph.D. Thesis award, co-authored AAPG, SEPM and CSPG Best Paper/Oral Paper Awards, and was an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer. Brian holds a BSc. (Geology) from Concordia (Loyola) University (1979), a MSc. (Geology) from University of Ottawa (1981), and a Ph.D. (Geology) from Queen’s (Kingston) University (1987). Brian is a registered Professional Geologist (APEGA), Certified Petroleum Geologist (AAPG-DPA) and a member of the AAPG, CSPG, CSUR, RMAG and SEPM.

Brian is currently President and Owner of Zaitlin Geoconsulting Ltd, providing consulting services and applied training seminars to the oil and gas industry. Brian was appointed as a Hearing Commissioner in 2016 with the Alberta Energy Regulator and holds a Certificate in Tribunal Administrative Justice (CTAJ) from the FOAJ.

 

Brian has ~40 years of front-line exploration/exploitation, R&D and A&D experience in the oil and gas industry. He has worked in a variety as a Geologist, Explorationist, Technical Specialist, Technical and Exploration Advisor and Chief Geologist with a variety of E&P companies and in Corporate Banking/Private Equity.

Brian’s focus is on both conventional and unconventional new play development.  His research interests lie in the understanding of fluvial, coastal and shallow-marine depositional systems and their preserved stratigraphy, and in applying this knowledge to reservoir characterization and modeling.

He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed technical papers and oral presentations, and is the recipient of numerous awards including the CSUR Sproule Innovation and Achievement Award, CSPG Medal of Merit for best published paper, CSPG Tracks Award for Education, CSPG Ph.D. Thesis award, co-authored AAPG, SEPM and CSPG Best Paper/Oral Paper Awards, and was an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer. Brian holds a BSc. (Geology) from Concordia (Loyola) University (1979), a MSc. (Geology) from University of Ottawa (1981), and a Ph.D. (Geology) from Queen’s (Kingston) University (1987). Brian is a registered Professional Geologist (APEGA), Certified Petroleum Geologist (AAPG-DPA) and a member of the AAPG, CSPG, CSUR, RMAG and SEPM.

Brian is currently President and Owner of Zaitlin Geoconsulting Ltd, providing consulting services and applied training seminars to the oil and gas industry. Brian was appointed as a Hearing Commissioner in 2016 with the Alberta Energy Regulator and holds a Certificate in Tribunal Administrative Justice (CTAJ) from the FOAJ.

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

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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