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Continuing Education Seminar led by Dr. Stephen A. Sonnenberg: “Reservoir Characterization for Mudrock Reservoirs”

“Reservoir Characterization for Mudrock Reservoirs"

Dr. Stephen A. Sonnenberg
Colorado School of Mines

Thursday, March 28, 2019 
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Shreveport Petroleum Club
416 Travis Street, 15th Floor
Energy Room AB

Cost:  $75 (continental breakfast, lunch and snacks included)
Digital copy of seminar slides included.
A $2 transaction fee has been added for online purchases.

Continuing Ed 2019
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Who should attend?

Geologists, geophysicists, & engineers who are interested in exploring and developing resources in mudrock formations.  The course is intended to be an overview of various successful and unsuccessful mudrock systems. 

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to mudrock resource plays.  A wide range of topics will be covered to familiarize the participant with the important nuances of both successful and unsuccessful mudrock plays. The petroleum system approach will be used.  A key emphasis of this course will be to show the important elements and processes for continuous oil and gas accumulations. The participant will learn screening techniques (check list) which may help identify continuous types of accumulations.

Learning Outcomes:

·      What exactly is a mudrock?

·      Understand factors related to tight oil & gas mudrock production

·      Recognize technologies available for tight reservoirs

·      Determine if a pervasive hydrocarbon exists

·      Determine the type of source rocks present and maturity

·      Use geological and geochemical reconnaissance

·      Mudstone facies

·      Reservoir characterization for Mudrock Reservoirs

·      Mudrock sequence stratigraphy

·      Understand the importance of mechanical stratigraphy

·      Matrix porosity and permeability

·      Fracture porosity and permeability

·      Reservoir drive mechanisms

·      Discuss various tools and techniques for reservoir characterization

·      Mudrocks examples



Dr. Stephen A. Sonnenberg is a Professor and holds the Charles Boettcher Distinguished Chair in Petroleum Geology at the Colorado School of Mines.  He specializes in unconventional reservoirs, sequence stratigraphy, tectonic influence on sedimentation, and petroleum geology.  A native of Billings, Montana, Sonnenberg received BS and MS degrees in geology from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. degree in geology from the Colorado School of Mines.  He has over twenty-five years experience in the industry.

Steve has served as President of several organizations including the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, and Colorado Scientific Society.  He also served on the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission from 1997-2003 and was the Chair of the Commission from 1999-2003.

He is the recipient of the Young Alumnus Award, Outstanding Alumnus Award, and Mines Medal from the Colorado School of Mines, Distinguished Achievement Medal from Texas A&M University, distinguished service awards from AAPG and RMAG, and honorary membership awards from AAPG, RMAG and the Colorado Scientific Society.  In 2013, he was awarded the Halbouty Medal from AAPG.