FT5: Eagle Ford Full-Immersion Virtual Reality Field Course

Leaders: Patricio Desjardins, Toti Larson, and Lucy Ko

Date: Wednesday 10/27

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The Boquillas (Eagle Ford) Formation is a natural laboratory with an extensive petrological, sedimentological, geochemical, and age database that is used to better understand mudstone oil and gas reservoirs and source rocks. Using selected roadside outcrops with detailed measured sections, gamma ray logs and LiDAR images, and two nearby 115-175 m-long research cores, this course will explore stratigraphic, sedimentologic concepts to understand the key elements of a world class unconventional play and source rocks.

The course uses an immersive virtual reality (VR) application that allows participants to access a collection of outcrop models and their associated data right from the lab here in Austin. Students will also have access to a set of drawing and measuring tools for interpretation of outcrop models and satellite imagery within the VR environment. Using integrated exercises, participants will understand the geologic variability and cyclicity of a Late Cretaceous Carbonate source rock and shale gas/light tight oil play in South Texas.

This virtual field trip, led by Patricio Desjardins, is combined with Core Workshop 2: Eagle Ford Shale, led by Toti Larson.


Tools and Methods employed:

  • Sedimentary & geochemical processes in a variety of depositional environments
  • Importance of paleoclimate on platform sequence stratigraphy
  • Wireline data tied to cores & outcrops
  • LiDAR & images showing 3D geology
  • VR 3D enhanced geological models
  • Spectral Gamma Ray and XRF logging of outcrop sections and cores
  • Integrated Core Photography, Catscan, Chemostratigraphy, Geochronology, Petrology, XRD, Ichnology, Geomechanics, Astrochronology and Biostratigraphy

Course Benefits and expected outcomes:

  • Understand the key elements of an unconventional play & source rocks
  • Apply this study to other carbonate-rich unconventional reservoirs
  • Apply learnings on the vertical and lateral lithologic variability, core-log relationships, depositional systems and regional geologic context of a cyclic carbonate shelf shale-limestone system to other fine-grained systems
  • Better appreciate issues related to carbonate mudstone unconventional reservoir characterization, source rock correlation between wells, and how to interpret cyclic sequences in distal shelf mudstone settings

30 standard participants + 5 students max

$225 Standard / $80 Student

ADA compliant

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