PREDICTION OF 3-D SMALL-RADIUS DEEP-WATER FAN ARCHITECTURE AND FACIES FROM ONE  DIMENSIONAL CORE DATA A NEW METHODOLOGY BASED ON SEDIMENT FLOW DYNAMICS
Course Leaders Dr George Postma and Dr Kick Kleverlaan  4-5 days field course  Cost € 30.000,- for up to 18 participants, field lunches and ground transportation included.
. Hydrocarbon reservoir prediction of deep-water sands is traditionally performed  by analogue outcrop studies and numerical modelling. Up to date, the sedimentological models in use do not fully comprehend the full range of sediment flow dynamics that are required to predict reservoir architecture on a scale of hundreds of meters up to a few kilometres. By combining process studies from physical experiments with outcrop and core data, we have forwarded a new, holistic methodology encompassing the products of sub- and supercritical low- and high density turbidity currents. The new approach breaks new grounds in traditional submarine fan models and enables, for the  first time, prediction of three-dimensional architecture from one dimensional core- and outcrop data. The suggested methodology also enhances considerably reconstruction of depositional sub-environments of deep water, small-radius fans.  The outline of the course Day  1  Positioning of the submarine fan deposits in the Tabernas Basin fill Day 2  Mixed fan lobe deposits, mega beds, and channel lobe transition (Kleverlaan,  1989ab; Postma et al. 2014) Day 3 3D study of sand-rich fan with channel-lobe transition zone with sub- and  supercritical flow deposits (Mizala fan system in the Sorbas basin Postma &  Kleverlaan, 2018). Facies reveal a variety of bedforms, which are related to  flow characteristics (Cartigny et al. 2014, Postma & Kleverlaan, 2018) and  facies related to hydraulic  jump (Postma et al. 2009) Day 4  Buho Canyon fill dominated by tabular and lens- shaped turbidite beds (cyclic steps, in Postma et al. 2014) Day 5  Mass transport complexes and on the preservation of cyclic steps in the  Solitary Channel complex     
The workshop/seminar will be based in a small hotel on the beach of  Carboneras, a fishing village, just east of Almeria in SE Spain The field sessions are backed up by short discussion sessions and movies from physical experiments highlighting turbidity current processes and fan building
Home Turbidites Siliciclastics and Carbonates Applied Research
The new methodology comes forward from a synthesis of subcritical and  supercritical turbidity  currents and their deposits  (Postma & Cartigny et al.  2014, Geology) and detailed studies of deep  water sediments in the Tabernas Basin over the last 40 years by Postma, Kleverlaan and others