Geology of the Western
Canadian Sedimentary Basin
Very few among us starting work in the Western Canadian Sedimentary
Basin (WCSB) have ever had the opportunity to review the framework
of the basin, its stratigraphy, and the oil and gas traps that make
the WCSB one of the most prolific basins in the world. This three-day
course is designed to rectify this problem, and should benefit new
explorationists, technicians, engineers, landmen, managers and investors
who wish to improve their geological understanding of where and
how we look for oil and gas in Western Canada. It is recommended
that registrants be graduate geologists, geophysicists, engineers,
or their technicians etc. or industry personnel that have taken
either the “Overview of the Oil &
Gas Industry in Western Canada” or “Geology
for Non-Geologists” as a prerequisite.
Participants will find it beneficial to have a basic understanding of the sedimentary rocks and the stratigraphy of the basin, as well as - paleontolgy (fossils), the drilling techniques used, and the importance of seismic. Participants should also be familiar with wireline logs, cross-sections and basic mapping techniques.
Our challenge is to study what happened to the rocks that may have
been buried thousands of feet below the surface. We want to know
how these rocks were formed, how they were affected by events stretching
back millions of years, and how we can identify traps where oil
and gas have accumulated within the rock formations.
We will review the importance of each major stratigraphic unit,
including the Devonian, Mississippian, Triassic and Cretaceous.
Examples of over 50 typical oil and gas fields and their seismic
expression will be examined.
A valuable component of the course is when participants complete
a set of ten maps which summarize each of the major periods of basin
evolution, documenting wedge edges, major fields, facies, structural
elements, etc. The knowledge learned from this course is immediately
transferable to the workplace. Participants receive a comprehensive
manual full of maps, cross-sections, field descriptions and a glossary
of oil and gas terms, which will act as a valuable future reference.
What People Say:
"Every day I look at logs, put cross-sections together, do
mapping, trying to evaluate land. Now I have a better understanding
and appreciation of what I am looking at."
"I would highly recommend this course to technicians or anyone
who has been in the oil and gas industry for a while and working
"This is one of the best courses I've ever attended!"
"Very comprehensive and a lot to take away to use at work
- very useful maps. It provided an excellent understanding of 'the
big picture' - The 'Face of Time' maps were particularly good for
envisioning environments and facies."
" Thank You - a very interesting and beneficial course. I
got 'excited' about the oil business after being in the mineral
business for some 35 years."
" The displays and illustrations are one of the best sets
materials I have received from any course - this is the best 3-day
course I have attended."
"As a financial person, I have learned a lot of geological
terminology and concepts over the years and this course helped
organize and build on these concepts for a much better
understanding that I can apply to my job."
"My area focuses on the new emerging plays in the WCSB, so this course is directly applicable."
"Like the hands-on aspect...the binder and cross-sections
invaluable as will the pool summaries."
"The course manual is my new bible. The whole course was execellent and very informative."
"The best combination of course materials and presentation that I have ever attended."