Structural Geology

Program Objectives


The attendee will learn to recognize and understand the structural framework of a geologic province or prospective trap from seismic, maps, and cross sections. Tectonic settings with associated structural styles will be put in context of extensional, compressional, strike-slip, or reactivation for assessment of trap geometries. Integration of well and seismic data, techniques for representing subsurface structures and traps on maps and cross sections, and volumetric and risk considerations will be addressed. Included are the applications of "Quick Look" techniques that allow for the rapid recognition of improbable structural interpretations. Worldwide examples of the structural concepts discussed will be provided. 

This course is designed to provide the fundamentals of structural methodology at all scales, from regional to prospect, that are critical to exploration and development geologists and geophysicists on a daily basis. The objective is to teach the application of structural framework concepts to predict and understand trap geometry.
Course Outline
  • Rock Deformation - Fractures, Faults, and Folds 
  • Fault surfaces 
  • Structural Styles - extensional, compressional, and strike-slip 
  • Faulted structures 
  • Folded structures 
  • Rift structures 
  • Growth structures 
  • Inversion structures 
  • Salt diapers and domes 
  • Trap styles and geometry 
  • Seismic expression of structure 
  • Interpretation of structural data 
  • Structural mapping 
  • Cross sections 
  • Petroleum system analysis 
  • Exploration and prospect applications 
  • Field development applications 
  • Quick Look techniques 
  • Volumetric and business decision considerations 
  • Exploration strategies and well planning