Basin Analysis


Geologists and geophysicists involved in new ventures or exploration who require the skills to evaluate petroleum systems and their hydrocarbon potential.


This course stresses the importance of basin evolution to petroleum generation, migration and accumulation. It includes worked examples in rift basins, foreland basins and wrench basins and emphasizes the combined roles of tectonics and eustasy, palaeoclimate and biotic evolution.

- Plate tectonics, lithosphere, asthenosphere and crust/mantle
- Basin formation; rift, passive margins, sag basins, foreland flexure, piggy-back basins, wrench basins and thermal evolution
- Controls on basin stratigraphy; role of tectonics, role of sea level, eustasy versus isostasy, palaeoclimatic influences, global tectonic influences and an introduction to sequence stratigraphy. Depositional environments
- Classification of basins; classification schemes and classification associated with evolutionary style
- Datasets
- The concept of megasequences
- Introduction to play fairway analysis; techniques, burial history, petroleum systems and play fairway analysis
- Analogue basin identification

Learning Objectives

- Understand basin-forming processes and basin architecture
- Evaluate controls on sediment generation, transport and deposition
- Review key analytical techniques with a focus on burial history analysis
- Apply and integrate datasets to model basin evolution.



Number of Participants

Max 20



Software Used


Course Format

Classroom exercises and presentations

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