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Dr. Peter Flaig
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Dallas Dunlap
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Quantitative Clastics Laboratory

Mission Statement

The QCL is a Jackson School of Geosciences collaboration between the Department of Geosciences, the Bureau of Economic Geology and the Institute for Geophysics.

The Quantitative Clastics Laboratory (QCL) carries out geologic and seismic geomorphologic studies of ancient and modern clastic sedimentary systems. We evaluate source-to-sink relationships from the continent to the shoreline, shelf, slope, and deep basin. We continually seek out new datasets, including mega-merged 3D seismic data sets, outcrop belts, and core-wireline well logs that can be analyzed and interpreted to provide reservoir analogues for hydrocarbon exploration and recovery. We compare ancient systems to those of the modern, and concern ourselves with the dichotomy between modern geomorphology and the preservation potential of the systems that we study. Our focus is on large-scale processes that affect sedimentation and basin evolution, including but not limited to tectonics, sediment supply, eustacy, and climate, as well as how those processes affect facies changes, sandbody and shale geometries, the formation of architectural elements and key surfaces, lateral variability, stacking pattern, net/gross, and porosity/permeability. Our ultimate goal is to provide quantitative data for our member companies to input into reservoir models.

The program was established in 2001 and is funded by a consortium of oil companies. We have also been supported by numerous software vendors and foreign energy ministries. The QCL is widely considered the world's premier research group in the application of seismic geomorphology to reservoir characterizations and the provider of outcrop analogues for reservoir models.

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Most Recent Posted Research

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  • van der Kolk, D., P. Flaig, S. Hasiotis, 2015: Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction of a Late Cretaceous, Muddy, River-dominated Polar Deltaic System: Schrader Bluff--Prince Creek Formation Transition, Shivugak Bluffs, North Slope of Alaska, U.S.A. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 2015, v. 85, 903-936
  • Moscardelli, Lorena, and L. Wood, 2015: Morphometry of mass-transport deposits as a predictive tool
  • Salazar, Migdalys, L. Moscardelli, and L. Wood, 2015: Utilising clinoform architecture to understand the drivers of basin margin evolution: a case study in the Taranaki Basin, New Zealand
  • Logan West, AAPG poster, 2015: Regional Analysis of Residual Oil Zone Potential in the Permian Basin
  • Logan West, AAPG poster, 2015: High Resolution Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Imaging of Deepwater Stratigraphic Architecture in a High Net-to-Gross System: Jackfork Fm, Arkansas
  • Maria Prieto, AAPG poster, 2015: Influence of deepwater currents as potential triggers for slope instability and as sediment-redistribution agents
  • Peter Flaig, J. White, V. Vallega, S. Hasiotis AAPG 1015: Reconstruction of Paleoenvironments Through Integrative Sedimentology and Ichnology from Core and FMI Logs in the Katz Field, North Central Texas
  • Stevenson Bunn, AAPG poster, 2015: Toward an Accurate Reservoir Model of Heterolithic, Tidally-influenced deposits: A Case Study in the Sego Sandstone through Second-Generation, Outcrop-to-Subsurface 3-D Modeling
  • Sebastian Cardona, AAPG poster 2015: Sealing Capacity of Mass-Transport Deposits: Depositional Model for a Deepwater Reservoir in the Jubilee Gas Field, Eastern Gulf of Mexico
  • Timothy Prather, AAPG poster 2015: Should a "Typical" River-Dominated Delta With a High-Diversity Trace Fossil Assemblage Be Classified as River-Dominated? A Combined Stratigraphic, Architectural, and Ichnologic Analysis of the Loyd Sandstone (Late Cretaceous) Near Rangely, Colorado
  • Maria Prieto, presentation, 2015: Deepwater current driven sedimentation
  • Khushboo Arora, presentation, 2015: Influence of long-period surface gravity waves on sediment transport and deposition of hummocky cross-stratified deposits on marine shelves
  • Logan West, presentation, 2015: Deepwater Channel Infill: GPR Imaging of Architectural Elements in a High Net:Gross System Jackfork Formation, Arkansas
  • Dolores van der Kolk, presentation, 2015: The Schrader Bluff—Prince Creek Formation Transition at Shivugak Bluffs: A Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction of a Muddy, Polar Deltaic System from the Late Cretaceous of Arctic Alaska
  • Peter Flaig, presentation, 2015: Heterogeneities in the Prince Creek Formation: Primary Controls and the Effect on Stratal Geometries and Reservoir Quality
  • Stevenson Bunn, Thesis, 2015: Toward an accurate reservoir model of heterolithic, tidally-influenced deposits: An ongoing case study in the Sego Sandstone member of the Mancos Shale through second-generation, outcrop-to-subsurface 3-D modeling
  • Stephen Hasiotis, poster, 2015: Ichnology of the Schrader Bluff–Prince Creek Formations at Shivugak Bluffs, North Slope of Alaska
  • Dolores van der Kolk, poster, 2015: Clastic Sedimentology, Stratal Architecture and Preliminary Sequence Stratigraphic Framework of Upper Cretaceous Shelf, Shoreface, and Fluvio-Deltaic Deposits, Shivugak Bluffs, North Slope of Alaska
  • Sebastian Cardona, Master's presentation, 2015: Fabric Development and Pore Throat Reduction in a Mass-Transport Deposit in the Jubilee Gas Field, Eastern Gulf of Mexico: Consequences to the Sealing Capacity of MTDs
  • Stevenson Bunn, Master's presentation, 2015: Toward an accurate reservoir model of heterolithic, tidally-influenced deposits: An ongoing case study in the Sego Sandstone Member of the Mancos Shale through second-generation, outcrop-to-subsurface 3D modeling
  • Brian Kiel, Dissertation Defense 2015, Presentation: Measurements of U.S. rivers clarify river-shaping factors and interaction with groundwater
  • Tricia Alvarez, 2014, Dissertation: The Southeastern Caribbean Subduction to Strike-slip Transition Zone: A Study of the Effects on Lithospheric Structures and Overlying Clastic Basin Evolution and Fill
  • Peter Flaig, presentation, 2015: A tale of three deltas: Comparative analysis of ancient, river-dominated(?) deltaic systems from outcrops of the Permian in Antarctica and the Cretaceous in Arctic Alaska and Colorado

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