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Dr. Peter Flaig
Research Associate,
Primary Investigator QCL


Dallas Dunlap
Interpreter, Visualization Specialist


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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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  • 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, 2015, Presentation: 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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