Session 1 Overview: Clastics
Thursday June 17, 2021

As a special treat for this year, we will look at select group of cores from the UK North Sea that represent pools from a prolific hydrocarbon producing region responsible for producing over 16 billion barrels of oil and 145 TCF of gas.  Moving back to North America, in Alberta we revisit the Falher using cutting edge drone photography to compare outcrop facies to the subsurface and the Viking where a high-resolution sequence stratigraphic model outlines new potentially prospective areas for hydrocarbons exploration.  Finally, in North Dakota we look at the Bakken where we discuss the facies and diagenetic controls of the Middle Bakken in Montrail County and their impact on reservoir quality.

Session 1 Presenters

Clastic Reservoirs from a Classic Oil Province, the North Sea, United Kingdom
Jon Noad | P.Geo

About the Speaker

Jon Noad graduated in 1985 and started working as a mining geologist in South Africa. He returned to the UK to work in marine cable laying and completed a Masters in Sedimentology at evening classes. This led to a full time PhD, working in eastern Borneo, after which he joined Shell International working Middle East exploration and several production roles. He moved to Shell Canada in Calgary, followed by senior geoscience roles at Murphy, Husky and Gran Tierra (Colombia). Jon started a consultancy in 2017 and now runs field trips and courses for industry as well as teaching at several universities. He is a Professional Geologist and Consulting Palaeontologist of Alberta, and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide.

Outcrop to Core Facies Comparison of The Spirit River Formation, Falher Member in North-West British Columbia and West-Central Alberta, Canada
Acikelli, A.1, Gingras, M.1, Zonneveld, J.P.1

Arzu Acikelli | MSc student, University of Alberta

About the Speaker

  I am an MSc student at University of Alberta and member of Ichnology Research Group, my research focuses on sedimentology,ichnology-based research and 3D outcrop modeling of Lower Cretaceous Spirit River Formation, Falher D member. I am studying under the supervision of John Paul Zonneveld and Murray Gingras. I got my BSc degree from Middle East Technical University Department of Geological Engineering, Turkey.


Sequence Stratigraphy of the Viking Fm in Central Alberta and Implications for Exploration
Sarah Schultz | Geologist – Subsurface Geology & Geohazards, Alberta Geological Survey

About the Speaker 

Sarah Schultz obtained her BSc from the University of Alberta in 2014 and her PhD from Simon Fraser University in 2021. The results from her PhD have been presented at 9 conferences and published in 2 papers. Sarah began working for the Alberta Geological Survey in 2019 with the Subsurface Geology and Geohazards group as a siliciclastic geologist. Her favourite component of her job includes working at the Core Research Centre and conducting fieldwork in the Rockies during the summer. In her spare time Sarah likes to solo hike with her dog Ollie and they can be found exploring the trails in Kananaskis and Banff year-round. 

Middle Bakken Reservoir Quality in the Central Williston Basin (North Dakota): Facies and Diagenetic Controls
Bruce Hart | Consultant and Adjunct Professor at Western University in Ontario

About the Speaker 

Bruce Hart a consultant and Adjunct Professor at Western University in Ontario, Canada. He previously held positions with Equinor/Statoil, ConocoPhillips, McGill University, New Mexico Tech, Penn State, and the Geological Survey of Canada. During that time, he worked as a researcher, technical specialist and explorationist for shale plays, tight-gas sandstones, tight-oil plays, fractured carbonates and other unconventional targets on six continents. His Bachelor’s degree is from McMaster, Master’s from UQAR, and PhD from UWO.

Bruce toured as the AAPG/SEG Distinguished Lecturer in 2009–2010 and 2016–2017, and as a CSPG Guest Lecturer in 2006. He has authored or coauthored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications (three of which have won Best Paper awards) on shales, seismic attributes, stratigraphy, fractured reservoirs, pore-pressure prediction, sequence stratigraphy, and other topics. He authored a digital textbook on seismic interpretation for AAPG and has given short courses on that topic in Houston, London, Cairo, Kuala Lumpur, Calgary, Vienna, and elsewhere.