30 September-2 October 2019

Calgary, Alberta, Canada | BMO Centre at Stampede Park

CSPG Workshop and Field Trips

CSPG Workshop and Field Trips

The Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG) will hold a workshop and three field trips immediately after ATCE. Continue the learning and networking after the conference by taking part in one of the events below.

These are separate ticketed items and are not included with ATCE registration. Transportation to and from the field trips is not included with the field trip fee and must be arranged separately by the attendee. Registration for ATCE and these events is now open.

For questions about these events, contact education@cspg.org

Core to Characterization Workshop | 3 October 2019

Core to Characterization WorkshopThursday, 3 October
0730–1600 | Alberta Energy Regulator Core Research Centre
Registration Fee: CAD 395 + GST, Students CAD 195 + GST


This workshop has been specifically designed for engineers and geologists, with a focus on refining and improving reservoir characterization and geomodel inputs using information gathered from core.

Engineers and geologists will demonstrate how basins and reservoirs can be better characterized using examples from Montney, Oil Sands, Organic-Rich Mudstones and Tight Sands plays. This workshop will cycle all participants through two sessions, each focused on the challenges facing specific play types. Attendees will benefit from having these concepts and applications presented by experts from industry and academia.

Each workshop registrant is required to select one focused session for the morning and one focused session for the afternoon. All focused sessions will be presented twice (once during the morning and once during the afternoon). Each focused session has a maximum capacity per presentation time (Montney- 80, Oil Sands- 80, Organic-Rich Mudstones- 80, Tight Sands- 45).

The focused session themes are:

  • Montney
  • Oil Sands
  • Organic- Rich Mudstones
  • Tight Sands
     

Each focused session will run for two and a half hours.

This CSPG Workshop will allow delegates to explore the challenges in developing today’s reservoirs and discuss approaches to overcoming those challenges using core and associated data sets. CSPG, in partnership with the Alberta Energy Regulator Core Research Centre, will offer a unique opportunity for delegates to attend a hands-on workshop in a world-class core storage and viewing facility.

Field Trip 1: Dinosaur Provincial Park | 3 October 2019

Thursday, 3 October 2019
0700–2030 |
Dinosaur Provincial Park, Calgary, Alberta
Registration Fee: CAD 750 + GST


The succession at Dinosaur Provincial Park provides a window into Cretaceous river systems, while allowing the chance to examine some of the richest dinosaur-bearing sediments in the world. Participants will spend the day hiking in the picturesque badlands of the Natural Preserve in Dinosaur Provincial Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Park’s status is due to a combination of its diverse fossil resources, large area of badlands and the cottonwood riparian biozone of the Red Deer River. The rocks of the Park (Oldman and Dinosaur Park formations) represent a Late Cretaceous alluvial plain that preserves the most abundant and diverse dinosaur dominated assemblage on earth.

Following a two-hour drive from Calgary participants will hike/walk to both historic and current paleontological sites in the Park. Emphasis will be placed on the modes of preservation of fossil vertebrates, ranging from isolated bones, micro vertebrate sites, monodominant horned dinosaur bonebeds and associated and articulated dinosaur skeletons, with examples of each. Note that Dinosaur Provincial Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and that the collection of specimens is absolutely forbidden.

During the field trip, there will also be opportunities to examine the fluvial sedimentology and architecture of the Oldman and younger Dinosaur Park Formations, which comprise braided and meandering fluvial systems, as well as the transition between the two depositional styles. The sequence stratigraphic implications of these changes will be discussed, and their potential impact on the contrasting reservoir character and potential production of these fluvial deposits considered.

The rocks in the Park are exposed over an area of around 75 km2, exposed along a 28 km stretch of the Red Deer River. The sediments exposed here form part of the fill of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin.

Field Trip Leader:
Jon Noad, Gran Tierra Energy

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Field Trip 2: Hydrocarbon Setting in the Canadian Rockies and Foothills | 3 October 2019

Thursday, 3 October 2019
0800–1800 | Calgary-area Foothills
Registration Fee: CAD 750 + GST


The purpose of this trip is to present a brief overview of part of a well-exposed and well-studied compressional fold-thrust belt with significant hydrocarbon reserves. We will observe the structural settings, surface geologic expressions and infrastructure for several large hydrocarbon fields in the Foothills (> 1 bnbbl and 12 Tcf gas in place in the field trip area), as well as excellent seismic-scale outcrop examples of fold-thrust structures and components of hydrocarbon trap geometries, exposed in the more deeply eroded Front Ranges. We will also traverse the structural and stratigraphic transition from the foreland basin of Alberta through the Foothills into the Front Ranges of the Canadian Rockies. The trip also provides an overview of key features that are found in many other fold-thrust belts worldwide.

We will start with a panoramic overview of the field trip area and setting for large hydrocarbon fields in the Foothills. We will then make a regional dip transect westward from the undeformed Plains and foreland basin through the Foothills and into the Front Ranges of the Canadian Rockies, making stops at key outcrops and viewpoints that illustrate these transitions and the internal architecture of the fold-thrust system. We will have a chance to observe seismic-scale examples of types of structures that directly control or at least influence hydrocarbon traps in the subsurface in the Foothills. We will also observe and discuss sub-seismic-scale complexities that can have a significant impact on reservoir performance and production history. We will see modern infrastructure in a challenging setting at Moose Mountain, and historical locations and infrastructure at the Giant Turner Valley field, with a colourful history of exploration/ production. We will also discuss briefly regional geologic controls on barren vs. productive trends in the Alberta Foothills.

Field Trip Leaders:
Marian Warren, Jenner GeoConsulting Inc.
Mark Cooper, Sherwood GeoConsulting Inc.

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Field Trip 3: Fort McMurray – Geological Controls on Heavy Oil Recovery Mechanisms | 3–5 October 2019

Thursday–Saturday, 3–5 October 2019
1400 on 3 October–1600 on 5 October | Fort McMurray, Alberta
Registration Fee: CAD 1975 + GST


Transportation to and from Fort McMurray and accommodations are NOT included in field trip registration fee.


The Lower Cretaceous McMurray Formation outcrops provide an unparalleled opportunity to study, Northern Alberta’s oil sands deposits from the inside out. Superbly exposed laminae-, bed- and architectural element scale heterogeneities and original oil saturated intervals, oil-water contacts and intra-reservoir high water saturation zones are perfectly preserved, in-place, providing ideal models for reservoir studies. 

Outstanding 60-80 m high and up to 1.6 km long outcrops visited provide direct (1:1 scale) analogues to production operations hosted by open estuarine, large-scale (up to 40m thick) point bar, stacked channel, and coarsening upward deltaic deposits. 

At each stop, discussion topics include critical analysis of production data from analogue reservoirs produced by Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) Operations and/or Cyclic Steam Stimulation (CSS); reservoir compartmentalization; barriers and baffles to fluid flow; applicable production monitoring technologies; geometry, origin, and the impact of reservoir heterogeneities such as low-permeability deposits and high-water saturation zones on oil recovery; challenges of static reservoir models and simulations; application of emerging and breakthrough technologies, from radio frequency heating to microbial stimulation to ionic liquids. The latter technologies, as was the case with SAGD, may benefit from alternative wellbore configurations. Understanding the length scale of typical reservoir heterogeneities is important for assessing how those configurations will perform. Moreover, as technologies for creating reservoir contact continue to advance, an instructive alternative is to start with the mechanism of the recovery process and the scale of the heterogeneities and design the ideal wellbore arrangement.    

En route to study locations participants will drive through parts of the world’s largest mine operations and directly observe active oil sands mine activities and giant equipment in action; “the great pyramids of Alberta”; land reclamation efforts; and meet and greet locals in an Indigenous village. 

Field Trip Leaders:

Milovan Fustic Rudy Strobl Steven Bryant

Milovan Fustic , University of Calgary

Rudy Strobl, EnerFox Enterprises Geoscience Services

Steven Bryant, University of Calgary



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