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Short Course


May 1 to 2, 2013, beteen 09:30 – 17:30

Paul Weimer, Director EMARC,
University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado, USA

Meiron Hall, Trubowicz Bldg. (Law Faculty), Tel-Aviv University 
Preferred entrance – from gate 4 (George Wise st.). Parking is available next to the gate.


This course is intended to provide the working geologist, geophysicist, and petroleum engineer a broad overview of the petroleum systems of deepwater settings.  Deepwater settings are the one reservoir system that cannot be easily reached, observed, and studied in the modern environment, in contrast to other siliciclastic and carbonate reservoir systems.  The study of deepwater systems requires many different remote-observation techniques, each of which can only provide information on part of the entire depositional system.  As a consequence, the study and understanding of deepwater depositional systems as reservoirs has lagged behind that of other reservoir systems, whose modern processes are more easily observed. 

The course will follow the outline of the Weimer and Slatt AAPG book.  I describe each of the reservoir elements using seismic reflection data, wireline log expression, outcrops cores, and image logs. Emphasis will be on geologic interpretation through knowledge of depositional systems and processes and their seismic reflection 

The material will be presented though a series of lectures, and exercises. The six components of the petroleum systems of deepwater settings will be covered throughout the course.   Exercises will involve hands-on experience in the interpretation of different data sets from various basins around the world. Exercises will provide experience in recognizing and interpreting deepwater systems.  For most chapters, there will be at least one lab designed to illustrate how integrate systematically multiple data sets. 

Registration Fees

  Regular Registration
Standard 500 ILS
Academy* 250 ILS
Student** 100 ILS

*Academy registration is supported by the Batsheva de Rothschild Fund for Advancement of Science in Israel  
**Subject to receipt of letter from the institute confirming full-time student status.

Prices include a light lunch, coffee breaks, and course material CD.

Participants who register to the Seminar and the course will be eligible to 20% discount on the published course registration rates.



The course is class-room based and uses a combination of lectures and self contained exercises based on real data sets. Lectures review the key points of each chapter, and exercises will emphasize how to apply the concepts to data sets. 
Participants get a complete set of lecture notes and a copy of the text book “Introduction to Petroleum Geology of Deepwater settings.” By Paul Weimer and Roger Slatt  (AAPG Studies in Geology 57). 

Secondary text is:  Rosen N., P. Weimer, et al. eds., 2012, "New Understandings of the Petroleum Systems of Continental Margins of the World," 32nd Annual GCSSEPM Foundation Bob F. Perkins Research Conference, Dec. 2-5.


This course is intended to provide the working geologist, geophysicist, and petroleum engineer a broad overview of the petroleum systems of deepwater settings. The class is aimed at those who wish to quickly get the 85th to 90th percentile in deepwater activities.  The extensive literature review and summary of recent exploration activities give the attendees a current up-to-date status.


I have divided this outline into two days.  The course can range anywhere from 2 to 4 days, depending on the needs of students, and how they wish me to present the data.

Day 1

Chapter 1- Introduction to deepwater settings 

Chapter 2- Global overview to deepwater exploration and production 

Chapter 3- Sequence stratigraphic setting of deepwater systems
Exercises: seismic interpretation

Chapter 4- Sediment-gravity flows and their processes
Exercises:  cores

Chapter 5- Overview of deepwater-reservoir elements

Chapter 6- Deepwater-reservoir elements: channels and their sedimentary fill
Exercises:  seismic, cores  plus logs

Chapter 7- Deepwater-reservoir elements: levee-overbank sediments and their thin beds 
Exercises:  seismic, cores  plus logs

Day 2

Chapter- 8 Deepwater reservoir elements: sheet sands and sandstones, 
Exercises:  cores plus logs

Chapter 9-Deepwater-reservoir elements: mass-transport deposits and slides
Exercises:  seismic plus logs

Chapter 10-Deepwater reservoir elements: hybrid-type deepwater reservoirs 
Exercises: cores, logs, seismic

Chapter 15-Petroleum traps in deepwater settings 
Lab: Seismic plus logs

Chapter 16 Petroleum systems of deepwater settings: 
Lab: Seismic plus logs