November 1–3, 2017
Marriott Rivercenter Hotel
101 Bowie St., San Antonio, Texas

Hosted by the South Texas Geological Society

Short Courses

Course #1:  3D Seismic Attributes for Prospect Identification and Reservoir Characterization (Sponsorship Available)

Instructor:  Kurt Marfurt, Professor of Geophysics, University of Oklahoma
Dates & Time:  Tuesday, October 31, & Wednesday, November 1st, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost:  $270/person
Location:  Marriott Rivercenter
Maximum:  45
Course Description:  In this 2-day short course, you will gain an intuitive understanding of the kinds of seismic features that can be identified by 3D seismic attributes, the sensitivity of seismic attributes to seismic acquisition and processing, and how ‘independent’ seismic attributes can be coupled through geology.


Course #2:  Integrated Exploration Methods for Clastic Depositional Systems (Sponsored by Basin Dynamics)

Placeholder imageInstructor:  Jon Rotzien, President, Basin Dynamics, Houston, Texas
Dates & Time:  Tuesday, October 31, & Wednesday, November 1st, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost:  $150/person
Location:  Marriott Rivercenter
Maximum:  30
Course Description:  This 2-day course is designed to provide participants with a modern appreciation of the full spectrum of deep-water depositional systems and their petroleum reservoirs in the context of oil and gas exploration and appraisal.  The course examines sediment transport and deposition, stratigraphic architecture, and predictive reservoir characteristics in a variety of basins using hands-on lectures, core-log-seismic exercises, and collaborative discussions.


Course #3:  Log Analysis for Unconventional Reservoirs (Sponsorship Available)

Placeholder imageInstructor:  George Asquith, Professor of Geosciences, Texas Tech University
Date & Time:  Wednesday, November 1st, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost:  $195/person
Location:  Marriott Rivercenter
Maximum:  40
Course Description:  This is a one-day short course on log analysis of unconventional reservoirs. It will cover basic characteristics and mineralogy of unconventional reservoirs; estimation of Total Organic Carbon (TOC wt.%) from well logs; log analysis of organic rich, gas-bearing and oil-bearing mudstones using both conventional logs and newer advanced logging technologies including geomechanical properties, NMR and dielectric logs.  Case studies from both gas and oil bearing unconventional reservoirs are presented.




Course #4:  Ethics for Geologists (Includes Breakfast) (Sponsorship Available)

Instructor:  John Jordan, Professional Geoscientist with more than 30 years of experience in the Petroleum industry working around the world
Date & Time:  Friday, November 3rd, 7:30 am to 8:30 am
Cost:  $50/person
Location:  Marriott Rivercenter
Maximum:  90
Course Description:  This is a one-hour collaborative/interactive lecture to satisfy the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists ethics credit requirement. Participants must bring a text capable phone to interactively participate in the lecture. Students may suggest specific ethical topics for class discussion, by contacting the instructor at john.jordan.062255@gmail.com prior to the course.


Course #5:  Introduction to Seismic Interpretation (Sponsored by GCSSEPM)

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Instructors:  Bruce Hart, Statoil, Austin, Texas; Carl Fiduk, Fiduk Consulting, Houston, Texas
Dates & Time:  Saturday, November 4th, & Sunday, November 5, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost:  $30 (STUDENTS ONLY), Includes lunch and refreshments each day
Maximum:  30 Students
Location:  Trinity University. Students will be responsible for their own transportation.
Course Description:  This is a 2-day short course that introduces participants to seismic interpretation as applied in the petroleum industry.  Lectures, hands-on exercises, and discussions focus on the tools and concepts used by interpreters to derive structural and stratigraphic information from 2D and 3D seismic data.  Topics include the principles of the seismic method, data acquisition and processing, interpretation tools and workflows, and how all of these factors affect structural and stratigraphic interpretations.  No prior knowledge of geophysics is needed.





Course #6:  A Recruiter’s Insights to Resumes and Interviews (Sponsorship Available)

Instructor:  David Weinberg, Retired Consultant; Formerly with Shell, CITGO & Conoco
Dates & Time:  Friday, November 3rd, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Cost:  $50
Maximum:  30
Location:  Marriott Rivercenter
Course Description:  This is a 3-hour short course for students and professional geoscientists looking for a job in the petroleum industry. The course covers choosing a major, choosing a graduate school, identifying job opportunities of interest, writing a resume, and interviewing. Topics include what should and shouldn’t be in your resume, and what to do and what not to do in an interview. From a straightforward practical perspective it provides attendees with several insights to what employers and recruiters are looking for. Although the course is designed for folks looking towards a geoscience career in industry, simple pointers that anyone can use for nearly any job are offered.

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