Develop deep expertise in the subsurface hydrocarbon systems behind these deepwater reservoirs to reduce risk and deliver on exploration targets.

Deepwater plays are still attractive - even in light of oil price challenges and despite the meteorological-oceanic conditions, and the drilling and development costs.  Recent successes prove this.

Success is characterised by longer term cash-flows. Large connected volumes tend to provide lower decline and high sustained flow rates. However, this is only if the resource potential is large enough to carry the higher development costs that can arise in these challenging environments. 

Having the tools and knowledge to understand the controls on, and quantification of, the distribution of uncertainty of your resource potential is key to making the right decisions to maximise recovery and return on investment.

Our courses address subsurface technical challenges including;

  • Reduction of cycle time from discovery to development
  • Sedimentological and stratigraphic prediction of turbidites from slope to basin floor to identify exploration targets
  • Reservoir characterisation of turbidites - including the challenge of often marginal reservoir quality (facies and diagenesis)
  • Seismic imaging and identification of exploration targets in often deep and / or sub salt locations.

Upcoming Training Courses

We've selected a few of our most popular courses. View the complete list of upcoming distance learning courses.

Play Analysis for Targeted Prospect Identification


Distance Learning

October 516

Instructor: Mark Thompson


This course will emphasise how an understanding of the regional geology can lead to the identification of both high- and low-risk areas and ultimately lead to the discovery of untapped resources.

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AVO Reflectivity, Pre-stack Inversion and Quantitative Seismic Interpretation


Distance Learning

October 1322

Instructor: Bill Goodway


This course provides geoscientists and engineers with the practical skills necessary to utilise seismic inversion methods and quantitative interpretation techniques to optimise drilling plans for both conventional and unconventional reservoirs.

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Deep Water Reservoirs – Exploring Risking and Development Characterisation


Distance Learning

October 26 – November 6

Instructor: Vitor Abreu


Through a multidisciplinary approach, this course emphasises the key changes in our understanding of deepwater reservoir models that have impacted on exploration, appraisal, development and production of deepwater reservoir types.

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Overpressure in Petroleum Systems and Geopressure Prediction


Distance Learning

November 9—19

Instructor: Jakob Heller, Niven Shumaker


This class will develop awareness of, the practical aspects of pore pressure data collection and interpretation.

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A Systemic Approach to Defining and Evaluating Stratigraphic and Subtle Combination Traps

Distance Learning
November 23December 4
Instructors: Mark Thompson, Mike Mayall and Stuart Archer

This course will develop a consistent and systematic workflow for the deliberate identification and evaluation of stratigraphic and combination traps. Participants will acquire skills to identify new prospects, perform robust geological risk assessments, and generate accurate resource volume assessments. 

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