Save these dates for FOUR excellent short courses!
PRE-MEETING SHORT COURSE #1
PRACTICAL PYTHON FOR EARTH SCIENTISTS
DATE: September 12th (1 day, 8:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.)
INSTRUCTOR: Matthew Bauer
DESCRIPTION: Practical Python for Earth Scientists is a hands-on course intended to introduce basic concepts and give
working examples of Python code that can be used in daily geoscience workflows. No prior knowledge of Python or other
programming languages is necessary to attend this course.
Who should attend?
This course is tailored for geologists, geophysicists, petrophysicists, petroleum engineers, production engineers,
landmen, and anyone else that would like to gain skills in practical Python programming, data mining, and machine
learning. While this course will use examples from the petroleum industry, any earth scientist will benefit from
learning about geospatial and subsurface data analysis.
▪ Introduce the Python programing language for the geoscientist.
▪ Introduce Python libraries that allow integration into other software programs through reading,
manipulating, and writing LAS well logs and shapefiles.
▪ Provide hands-on examples of the application of Data Mining, Machine Learning, and Data Analytics
to solve problems faced by a petroleum geologist.
▪ By the end of the course, students should be able to adapt the provided examples for use with their
▪ Basic Python syntax
▪ Loops and functions
▪ Sorting and plotting data (pandas and matplotlib)
▪ Geospatial data (e.g., shapefiles)
▪ Well logs (las files)
▪ Data scraping
▪ Machine-learning (unsupervised and supervised methods)
Bring your own laptop with administrator rights – you will need admin rights to install python. No experience
required in Python or other programming language.
PARTICIPANT LIMIT: 15
PRE-MEETING SHORT COURSE #2
NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE (NMR) WIRELINE LOGS
DATE: September 12th (1 day, 8:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.)
INSTRUCTOR: Huge Daigle
DESCRIPTION: Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is a widely used and extremely useful technique for downhole
formation evaluation and laboratory sample characterization. This course will cover the fundamentals of NMR
measurements in the borehole and laboratory, including data acquisition and processing; routine interpretation for
physical properties including porosity, pore size distribution, and capillary pressure; advanced interpretation for
unconventional resources including wettability and fluid content; and specialized techniques including diffusion
measurements and T1-T2 and T2-diffusion maps.
PARTICIPANT LIMIT: 20
PRE-MEETING SHORT COURSE #3
SEQUENCE STRATIGRAPHY OF UNCONVENTIONAL RESOURCE PLAYS
DATE: September 12-13th (2 days, 8:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.)
INSTRUCTOR: Ali Jaffrey, Applied Stratigraphix
DESCRIPTION: This course introduces participants to the sedimentology of unconventional reservoirs and then covers
sequence stratigraphic applications. This is not a Seismic Stratigraphy course and the bulk of our time will be spent
investigating these reservoirs using well logs (including borehole image logs), core and thin- sections. Each day of the
course will be devoted to one play type with case-studies from some of the top unconventional resource plays in the US.
The instructor will provide a small collection of well logs and core photos, but we strongly urge participants to bring
paper copies of their own data to work on. These data will not be shared with anyone and the instructor will only review
the work done by participants.
1.1. Will it add value to your business?
1.2. Difference between sequence stratigraphy in conventional vs unconventional reservoirs
1.3. Fractures and Mechanical Stratigraphy
2: TIGHT OIL SANDSTONES
2.1. Recognition of Key-Sequence Stratigraphic Surfaces in core and well-logs
2.2. Concept of the “halo play” – why it works
2.3. Examples from the Frontier/Turner, Shannon, Sussex,
Codell, and Parkman
4: MUDROCKS 101
4.1 Classification of fine-grained rocks
4.2 Sedimentary processes and the importance of event-beds
4.3 Differentiating truly pelagic strata from sediment gravity
4.4 Importance of ash beds
5: DELTAIC MUDROCKS
5.1 Hyperpycnal Flows
5.2 Recognition of flooding surfaces and parasequences
5.3 Rules for log correlation
5.4. Examples from the Skull Creek, Mancos and Mowry
6: PLATFORM CARBONATE MUDROCKS
6. 1 Hardgrounds and the identification of cyclicity in core and
6.2 Best practices for correlation
6.3. Examples from the Bakken, Three Forks, Niobrara and Eagle
7: BASINAL CARBONATE MUDROCKS
7.1 Platform margin classification
7.2 Reciprocal Sedimentation
7.3 Platform drowning scenario
7.4 Identification of key surfaces in core and logs
7.5 Examples from the Wolfcamp, Avalon, and Bone Spring
1. Identify reservoir vs non-reservoir facies
2. Create actualistic well log correlations
3. Explain production differences in your oil or gas field
4. Map the fine-line that separates what will produce and what will not
5. Predict sweet spots
PARTICIPANT LIMIT: 30
PRE-MEETING SHORT COURSE #4
INTRODUCTION TO DRONES (sUAS) IN THE GEOSCIENCES
DATE: September 13th, (½ day, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
INSTRUCTOR: Gregory S. Baker, Colorado Mesa University
DESCRIPTION: This short course is designed for any unexperienced or novice users of small unmanned aerial systems
(sUAS; “drones”) that are either students, faculty, or professionals. No prior experience with drones is required. Although
topics covered may be insufficiently advanced for intermediate – to expert-sUAS users, such users are nevertheless highly
encouraged to participate and share their knowledge & experience. Topics covered will include sUAS hardware &
software basics, current USA/FAA rules/regulations, and case studies in state-of-the-art applications including
orthomosaic & structure-from-motion (SfM) techniques. Quantitative applications will be emphasized. Due to limited
time and logistics, there will only be a brief demonstration of sUAS by the instructor and participants will not pilot
missions. For those wishing to see a more comprehensive field demonstration, the drone will be flown on Field Trip # 3, A
Reassessment of Structural Controls on Unaweep Canyon, Uncompahgre Uplift, Western Colorado, U.S.A” on September
Qualifications: In addition to >30 years of academic experience in applied near-surface geophysics[https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=3gPjucUAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=sra] the leader is a FAA-certified pilot since 2016,
with over 300 hours of sUAS flight time, and owner/operator of a small drone company (www.geoavatar.com) mainly
conducting subcontracting & not-for-profit work with educators in the geosciences. In addition, the leader of the
proposed short course has successfully led previous GSA Short Courses in 2013, 2014 & 2015 at the GSA Annual Meeting
(“Introduction to Near-Surface Geophysics”) as well as 2018, 2019 & 2020 (“Introduction to Drones (sUAS) in the
PARTICIPANT LIMIT: 20
Fully-digital 3D structure-from-motion (SfM) model of a marine termination sequence within the Blackhawk Formation,
Spring Canyon, Utah. The 3D model may be viewed in video at: https://vimeo.com/371473554 . Image by G.S. Baker, not
to be reproduced digitally or otherwise without written consent. Contact: email@example.com .