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Structural Styles in Petroleum Exploration and Production

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Structural Styles in Petroleum Exploration and ProductionStructural Styles in Petroleum Exploration and Production - A 4-day program in Houston

Successful interpretation and prospecting requires a clear understanding of the fundamentals of structural geology. This program is designed to provide a clear background in the structural geology of a variety of tectonic settings. Participants will cover a range of common structural styles in sedimentary basins from around the world, as well as the geometry and evolution of trap-forming structures associated with compressional, extensional, salt, strike-slip and reactivated structures. Techniques for constructing balanced cross sections, maps and 3-D interpretations through these structures are discussed in detail.

A practical, real-world learning solution

Examples of trap-forming structures from a number of basins worldwide are used to illustrate the concepts. Problem sets provide hands-on experience in interpreting and validating subsurface structures using surface, seismic and well log data.

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Who should attend?

This Structural Styles in Petroleum Exploration and Production program is designed for engineers, geologists and geophysicists hoping to develop knowledge across a broad range structural geometry of trap-forming structures. Anyone hoping to improve seismic interpretations, balanced cross sections and structural maps in complex areas will benefit from this program.

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Training content

Training topics for this Structural Styles in Petroleum Exploration and Production program include:

  • Introduction to comparative structural styles
  • Methods of cross section and map construction
  • Fold-thrust structures Foreland basement structures
  • Rift structures
  • Listric growth faults
  • Salt structures
  • Inversion and reactivated structures
  • Strike-slip structures
  • Validation of 2D and 3D interpretations and common pitfalls


The cost of this Structural Styles in Petroleum Exploration and Production program in Houston is $2,850 USD

On-site Training

All SCA programs and workshops are available to be conducted as company-specific training, customized to fit the needs of your organization. Contact SCA to receive a quote for tailor-made training and discuss options for bringing this program in-house for your company.

Certification / Credits

Upon completion of this one-week program, participants will be prepared to:

  • Understand structural styles of trap-forming structures in different tectonic provinces.
  • Study the kinematic evolution of compressive, extensional, diapiric, strike-slip and reactive structures.
  • Interpret subsurface structure using seismic, surface and well data.
  • Construct structure maps of common trap-forming structural styles.
  • Review structural geometry of major fields from different provinces and use them as analogs for structural interpretation of exploration prospects and newly discovered fields.

Continuing Education Units

This program is worth 3.2 CEUs


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14 Feb 2014

The Texas geology and Rocky basin and range structure was very helpful. My understanding of faults and features is greatly improved here.

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Subsurface Consultants & Associates, LLC
10700 Richmond Ave., Suite 325
Texas 77042 Houston

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Founded in Houston, TX in 1988, SCA has been providing petroleum sector professionals of all levels of experience with the highest quality continuing education and technical training in the industry. SCA has worked with petroleum companies from all around the...

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