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Short Course - “Practical Aspects of Petroleum Geochemistry for Conventional and Resource Plays”.

October 27th, 2021 8:00 AM - October 28th, 2021 - 5:00 PM


 “Practical Aspects of Petroleum Geochemistry for Conventional and Resource Plays”

2-Day Course


DAY 1:

 Module 1: Source Rock Evaluation

  • Quantity, quality, and thermal maturity of organic matter to predict hydrocarbon type(s) and yield
  • Brief review of organic material productivity and preservation, depositional environments, and resulting kerogen types
  • Sampling considerations, usage, and pitfalls of TOC/Rock-Eval™/HAWK™/visual kerogen/Ro

Module 2: Crude Oil Geochemistry & Correlation

  • Liquid chromatography (including SARA), gas chromatography,
  • GC-MS, GC-MSMS (aka QQQ), and stable carbon isotopes
  • Cluster analysis/principal components analysis to identify oil families, petroleum systems, and source-reservoir relationships

Module 3: Natural Gas Geochemistry

  • Molecular composition vs. carbon isotopes
  • Wet vs. dry gas; thermogenic vs. microbial gas
  • Mud gas isotope analysis to identify source maturity, organofacies, and potential reservoir compartments and completion intervals

Module 4: Integration of Rock, Oil and Gas Geochemical Data

  • Utility of diamondoids and carotenoids in complementing more standard data
  • Identification of subtle migration and HC alteration events
  • The Petroleum System in 4 dimensions
  • Geochemical parameters required for successful unconventional and conventional resource plays


DAY 2 (1/2 to 1 day):  Additional modules are available, designed to further integration with petroleum engineering and geophysical disciplines of our industry:


 Module 5: Time-Lapse Geochemistry Module                                                                                                                                                                                                       

  • Insight into not only where the hydrocarbon fluids came from, but also how they changed through time


Module 6: PVT Module (Integration with Production Engineering)

  • Basic concepts, including:
  • Phase equilibria, bubble point, dew point, and multi-phase flow in reservoirs
  • Degree of undersaturation and reservoir management considerations
  • Use of petroleum geochemistry to derive PVT relationships across a region

Module 7: Petrophysics

  • Summary of applications for multiple, common well log types (e.g. gamma ray, spectral gamma ray, resistivity, density and neutron porosity wireline logs) for deterministic lithology, porosity, and fluid saturation evaluation.
  • Brief introduction to appropriate models for sandstone, shaly sand and carbonate lithologies and their challenges
  • Application to resource plays and integration with petroleum geochemistry


Dr. John B. Curtis


While at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), Dr. Curtis supervised graduate student research and taught petroleum geology, petroleum geochemistry and petroleum design. He had 15 years applied geological and geochemical exploration and development experience with Texaco, SAIC, Columbia Gas, and Brown & Ruth Laboratories/Baker-Hughes. He served on and chaired several professional society and natural gas industry committees, which included the Supply Panel, Research Coordination Council, and the Science and Technology Committee of the Gas Technology Institute (Gas Research Institute). Curtis co-chaired the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Committee on Unconventional Petroleum Systems from 1999-2004 and was an invited member of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and the AAPG Committee on Resource Evaluation from 1992 until 2014. He was a Counselor to the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists from 2002-2004 and RMAG delegate to AAPG for nine years.  Curtis is a 2019 recipient of the AAPG Distinguished Service Award.  Dr. Curtis is a Licensed Professional Geologist (Wyoming).

Dr. Curtis was an Associate Editor of the AAPG Bulletin from 1997 – 2010 and continues to review manuscripts for several journals. He has published studies and given numerous invited talks concerning source rock and oil geochemistry, exploration for conventional and unconventional reservoirs, and the size and distribution of U.S. and Canadian natural gas resources and comparisons of resource assessment methodologies. As Director of the CSM Potential Gas Agency from 1991 - 2016, he directed a team of 100 volunteer geologists, geophysicists and petroleum engineers for the Potential Gas Committee’s biennial assessment of remaining U.S. natural gas resources. The dedication of the volunteers of the Potential Gas Committee is directly responsible for Dr. Curtis being awarded the

2014 AAPG Public Service Award, and the 2016 RMAG Distinguished Public Service to Earth Science Award.


Dr. Alex Zumberge

Bio - Dr. Zumberge has extensive lab experience in oil and rock extract analyses with emphasis on correlation tools like bulk organic properties, lipid biomarkers and carbon isotopes. He has over ten years’ experience in a lab environment doing experiments himself as well as overseeing general sample/project flow through each analysis phase. Dr. Zumberge recently completed his PhD in Organic Geochemistry at the University of California – Riverside where he specialized on sterane/hopane relationships through time from the Precambrian to the present. Additionally, Dr. Zumberge has experience with traditional analytical techniques (LC, GC, GCMS, GCCIRMS) as well as new analytical approaches that allow access to the kerogen-bound biomarker pool within rock extracts via Hydrogen Pyrolysis, HyPy. Currently, Dr. Zumberge oversees all operations (oil, rock and gas labs) at GeoMark Research and is involved in database management and upkeep. Dr. Zumberge has extensive experience in the application of oil composition evaluation by utilizing geochemical parameters such as lipid biomarkers and carbon isotopes to aid with interpretations involving oil-oil and oil-source correlations as well as migration effects.