Where Oil is First Found in the Minds of Men

July 17, 2017 © Copyright Glomacs

Biostratigraphy‘Oil can also be found in new sedimentary basins or in old basins but with new ideas but it is rarely found in old basins with old ideas’. But carrying this one step further oil can be found in old basins using sometimes old data to generate new ideas.

Many oil and gas companies have legacy biostratigraphical data that in the hey day for this scientific application was routinely gathered on all new exploration wells and most appraisal wells and has since been buried.

Sometimes, stratified in oil company libraries and repositories to be replaced by new software programs offering whizzy and compelling visualizations that although keeping the companies up and current with the latest technological edge do not provide a replacement for hard scientific data.

Often biostratigraphical data is acquired through contract service companies who provide reports on their findings. These reports follow a standard format providing the ascribed age, palaeoenvironment with a brief description of the microfossil assemblages and then place the studied section with the use of biozonations into a chronostratigraphy.

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The transition is often lost in then how to use this data optimally in the exploration, appraisal and development process.   As ‘no man is an island’ biostratigraphical data lying their resplendent on its own will never provide those new ideas, it has to be fully integrated with all the other geological and seismic data to provide the vital key to help unlock those new reserves.

In these cost conscious times for the oil and gas industry why should a manager throw what remains of much reduced budgets at software packages and new but expensive and sometimes unproven downhole logging tools when the real treasure trove to finding those replacement reserves is there in the data that he already has.   But how are these new ideas unlocked?

Glomacs is running a course on Applied Biostratigraphy in Oil Exploration and Development 12 – 16 November 2017 in Dubai,U AE which is a guide on how to optimally integrate this data and also how to use it towards a high-resolution sequence stratigraphy.

If new biostratigraphical data is required then it also provides an understanding and the necessary knowledge of how to plan for a cost effective analytical program to get the very most for the very least outlay. It is time to re-invigorate your exploration methodology and get the most out of what you have, to generate those new ideas that keep you ahead of the competition. Remember ‘the present is the key to the past’. Take what you have now and reinvent it. Create those new ideas that will find that new oil in whatever basin new or old that is the focus of the company’s endeavours.                


Applied Biostratigraphy in Exploration and Development


Applied Biostratigraphy in Exploration and Development, 12 – 16 November 2017, Dubai   

This course provides the key to optimizing the use and the integration of this data with real working examples from Africa and SE Asia.

Company Benefits

  • Optimum use of biostratigraphical data that is often acquired by a company but not fully utilized
  • Planning of biostratigraphical analyses and programs for best results at a minimum cost
  • Higher resolution reservoir correlations from exploration through to development situations (flow unit correlations for static models)
  • Sequence and then facies interpretations and better reservoir prediction capabilities after integration with the seismic
  • This leads to new play definitions and ultimately to new lead and prospect determination
  • Rejuvination of mature exploration areas with new ideas to find missed oil accumulations
  • Generation of new exploration plays and concepts for wildcat drilling

Personal Impact

The non specialist geoscientist is often at a loss with how to best use biostratigraphical data from company reports. This course will provide the necessary technical knowhow for the individual to feel comfortable with the utilization and the integration of this data into their everyday work flows. This will aid their efforts in both the exploration for new hydrocarbons and in the development of existing fields.  

  • The individual will gain a practical working knowledge of different biostratigraphical techniques
  • An understanding of how to plan and optimize a biostratigraphical program from which microfossils to process for, to optimum sample spacing
  • How to use best use biostratigraphical data in well to well correlations
  • How to identify the pitfalls in the use of biostratigraphical data and therefore to optimize its use in sediments of different ages and in different palaeoenvironments
  • How to use biostratigraphical data to identify sequences and sequence boundaries and how to integrate it with other geological and seismic data
  • How to use biostratigraphical data for new play definitions in exploration areas and how also it can be used for facies interpretations and reservoir correlations in appraisal and development situations


Follow the above link and sign up for this course for yourself or your staff today.        

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