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Permian Basin Graduate Center, Midland, Texas, August 2001

Interpreting 3-D Carbonate Stratigraphy Using 1-D Data

Scott W. Tinker


In the Permian Basin, carbonate rocks have high sonic velocities and are commonly buried quite deep, making 3-D seismic useful for reservoir understanding, but certainly not definitive. Therefore, 1-D well data such as wireline logs and cores must be used to complete a 3-D sequence stratigraphic interpretation. The concepts of sequence stratigraphy are well understood but sometimes difficult to apply. In this 1-day, hands-on course, we will look at several examples of carbonate reservoirs in the Permian Basin and attempt to apply "rules and tools" to get the most accurate 3-D interpretation from the available 1-D data.

The morning will consist of lectures on high-frequency sequence stratigraphic concepts using Permian Basin examples, and the afternoon will focus on a few simple exercises to give attendees hands-on experience interpreting 1-D data sets. It is possible that attendees might go away ready to attack old data sets with new approaches.

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