Play Fairway Analysis
conducted by Alastair J. Fraser
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The Geological Society
The fundamental understanding of what makes basins work has evolved over the past 25 years into a systematic approach which focuses thinking at the regional or basin scale before considering individual prospects and leads. The strength of this methodology, which is sometimes referred to as ‘Geology from the Bottom Up’, allows us to highgrade basins and plays for further study/ investment thus eliminating much wasted time, effort and expendidture in basins with little potential. The concept of the Exploration Process Triangle is introduced to reinforce the methodology underpinning this philosophy.
The course will review the key tools and techniques used at each stage of the Exploration Process from Gross Depositional Environment (GDE) mapping, to building play cartoons and tectono-stratigraphic diagrams through constructing a fully integrated play fairway analysis applying the industry standard Common Risk Segment (CRS) mapping approach. Practical application of the techniques and tools are explored through a 2D seismic and well based exploration exercise where participants work through a real example of a regional basin evaluation leading to acreage access and a subsequent drilling campaign.
About the trainer
Professor Alastair J. Fraser has recently (June 2010) been appointed to the newly created post of EGI Chair in Petroleum Geoscience. He holds a BSc from Edinburgh University (1977) and a PhD from Glasgow University (1995), both in Geology. Al previously worked for BP as a Petroleum Geologist/Exploration Manager for over 30 years. His career in petroleum exploration, has taken him to most corners of the world including N. America, Europe, Africa, Middle East and the Far East. Following the BP Amoco merger, he led the team which made the significant Plutonio discovery in Block 18, deepwater Angola. He is the author of many papers on the petroleum geology of extensional basins most notably on the North Sea Jurassic and northern England Carboniferous.