SC5: The Future of Deep-Water Sedimentation (Sponsored by GCSSEPM)

Leaders: Jon Rotzien, Basin Dynamics, USA

Date: Wednesday 10/27, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Course Description

On 14 January 2020, a sediment gravity flow transported a cubic kilometer of sediment down Congo Canyon and into the deep-water submarine fan. This sedimentation event and others monitored offshore California, British Columbia, and elsewhere since ~2017 have nearly doubled the information society has on sediment gravity flows and their resulting deposits in deep-water depositional systems. While active monitoring of deep-water environments attempts to sample these rarely occurring flows, other sources of data include the rock record, use of seismic and well data, and many other methods instrumental in understanding how these flows operate and how they sculpt deep-water deposits at various scales – from the basin down to the pore. 21st century studies from outcrop mapping, subsurface interpretation, numerical modeling, and modern sampling of flows has reversed the paradigm on deep-water sedimentation. For example, classic turbidite reservoirs are now interpreted to contain possible combinations of contour current, transitional flow (i.e., hybrid event bed, argillaceous sandstone, etc.), and hemipelagic deposits, as well as the deposits derived from high- and low-density turbidity currents modified by wave, tide and fluvial processes. These recent observations are impacting scientific pursuits and business decisions around the world.

This course will give participants an understanding of the broad scope of deep-water sedimentation. By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe transport and depositional processes for the different types of sedimentary deposits found along passive and active margins
  • Map several of the different types of deep-water depositional environments (canyon, channel, levee, splay, overbank, drift)
  • Use lithofacies and stratigraphic architecture to understand variations in stratigraphic properties pertaining to reservoir presence, reservoir quality, and seal
  • Integrate seismic, outcrop, core, and other industry data
  • Use modern and ancient depositional systems to understand geologic risk and uncertainty in exploration and development
  • Characterize turbidites, debrites, and transitional to hybrid flow type deposits and describe their transport and depositional processes
  • Build depositional models using first principles to characterize deep-water reservoir properties
  • Apply source-to-sink transport and sequence stratigraphic methods to deep-water sediment delivery

This 1-day masterclass is designed to provide professionals with a modern awareness of the full spectrum of deep-water sedimentary processes, their deposits, and the implications for the broader energy industry. Not only does this class address sedimentation units and stacking patterns typical of submarine fan assemblages as they pertain to the mapping and modeling of deep-water petroleum reservoirs, but this class also examines how an understanding of deepwater processes can benefit companies working in many different types of offshore endeavors. Numerous hands-on exercises are used to reinforce the theory and applications discussed in class. Join this information- (and action) packed day to enhance your skills and build your confidence in deep-water sedimentation.


Reservoir characterization.

Business decisions based on the technical concepts.

Deep-water sedimentation & subsurface models.


Beginner to Intermediate - Professionals (technical to management roles) interested in offshore sedimentary systems (both ancient and modern).


Pricing: Regular $195 / Student $79

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