Seismic Sequence Stratigraphy



  Mr Klaus Fischer (Wintershall, Hannover, Germany)


  2 to 4 days


  Geophysics - Integrated Geophysics




  English, German


  10 to 20 CPD points




Course description

Seismic data offer more than structural information only; they can help define the chronostratigraphic framework of a sedimentary basin fill and provide valuable information on facies distributions within depositional sequences identified. Based on this it allows making reservoir predictions both in exploration and production working domains. The integrated approach permits detailed reconstruction of the basin fill history in exploration domain and helps delineating flow units within a reservoir sequence in field development. The range in observation scale makes the tool useful for basin analysis and reservoir modeling. The technique is essential for modern seismic reservoir characterization studies adopting a multi-disciplinary approach.

Based on seismic examples and some ˆhands on" interpretation exercises from different geological settings, attendees learn how to identify different depositional environments from seismic data, predict facies and gross lithological units (reservoir and seal pairs), estimate paleo water depths and evaluate subsidence trends and base level changes.


Course objectives

The course objective is to discuss sequence stratigraphic principles and demonstrate their relevance to seismic interpretation. The basic workflow will be presented for seismic stratigraphic interpretation and basin evolution analysis, using case histories and field examples worldwide.


Course outline

  • Introduction
  • Principles of sequence stratigraphy, sequence stratigraphic models
  • Principles of seismic stratigraphy, recognition of seismic sequence boundaries and other surfaces of importance, delineation of systems tracts, sea-level variations
  • Seismic facies analysis: reflection geometries and other seismic facies characteristics with a detailed description of geological facies models and their use for lithology / depositional environment prediction
  • 3D visualisation and attribute analysis
  • Illustration of standard workflows for seismic reservoir characterisation


Participants' profile

Geologists/geophysicists involved in seismic interpretation for basin analysis / exploration / production and also for reservoir engineers who need more in-depth knowledge on the seismic expression of flow units and depositional environments.



Participants should have a basic understanding of geology and depositional systems, as well as of the reflection seismic method.


About the instructor

Klaus C FischerKlaus C. Fischer has spent more than 30 years in the industry. Currently he is Principal Geologist and heading the seismic interpretation team within the internal G&G services department with Wintershall Holding GmbH in Kassel, Germany. Since 1999 he carried out evaluations in the North and South Caspian Basin, Western Siberia, North Africa, Middle East, Brazil, Argentina, Romania, Norway, and Northern Germany.

Before he worked with Prakla-Seismos in the German and Austrian Molasse Basin, Northern Germany, Turkey, Middle East, North Africa. Later on he worked for Schlumberger GeoQuest in Germany, Middle East, North Africa, Romania, Caspian Region, and Mexico with a special focus on seismic stratigraphy.

Klaus is a lecturer on Seismic Stratigraphy at the Montan University of Leoben, Austria, and at Tuebingen University. He is a member of EAGE, AAPG, and SEG.


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