Advanced Structural Geology

Audience

Geologists and structural geologists with a good basic understanding of structural geology who wish to further develop their skills in this area.

Content

  • Geological analysis of field data: stereographic analysis, cross section construction, restoration and balancing, 4D cross section evolution
  • Geodynamics: lithospheric extension models, development of rift basins and passive margins and stretching factors, lithospheric compression models and development of foreland fold and thrust belts
  • Rock mechanics: force, strain and stress (including Mohr diagram and strain analysis methods)
  • Reservoir geomechanics: wellbore breakouts, hydraulic fracturing and reservoir depletion
  • Experimental rock deformation tests and failure criteria: uniaxial, triaxial, hydrostatic and shear rock deformation, role of temperature, water, strain rate
  • Deformation dynamics, kinematics and structures: simple shear and pure shear
  • Deformation modes and mechanisms: cataclasis, diffusive mass transfer, crystalline plasticity, brittle-ductile transition
  • Role of fluids, fluid pressure and fluid flow in hydrocarbon exploration
  • Brittle rock deformation: faulting (including fault rock development, fault seal analysis and palaeostress analysis from fault slip data) and fracturing (including joint development) in the upper crust
  • Ductile rock deformation: folding and shear zone development

Duration

5-day

Number of Participants

Max 20

Prerequisites

None

Software Used

None

Course Format

Classroom exercises and presentations

Audience

Geologists and structural geologists with a good basic understanding of structural geology who wish to further develop their skills in this area.

Content

- Geological analysis of field data: stereographic analysis, cross section construction, restoration and balancing, 4D cross section evolution
- Geodynamics: lithospheric extension models, development of rift basins and passive margins and stretching factors, lithospheric compression models and development of foreland fold and thrust belts
- Rock mechanics: force, strain and stress (including Mohr diagram and strain analysis methods)
- Reservoir geomechanics: wellbore breakouts, hydraulic fracturing and reservoir depletion
- Experimental rock deformation tests and failure criteria: uniaxial, triaxial, hydrostatic and shear rock deformation, role of temperature, water, strain rate
- Deformation dynamics, kinematics and structures: simple shear and pure shear
- Deformation modes and mechanisms: cataclasis, diffusive mass transfer, crystalline plasticity, brittle-ductile transition
- Role of fluids, fluid pressure and fluid flow in hydrocarbon exploration
- Brittle rock deformation: faulting (including fault rock development, fault seal analysis and palaeostress analysis from fault slip data) and fracturing (including joint development) in the upper crust
- Ductile rock deformation: folding and shear zone development



Learning Objectives

Duration

5-day

Number of Participants

Max 20

Prerequisites

None

Software Used

None

Course Format

Classroom exercises and presentations

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