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The Value of Outcrop Studies in Reducing Subsurface Uncertainty and Risk in Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production / edited by: M. Bowman, Texas A&M University ; Qatar H. R. Smyth, Neftex Exploration Insights, UK ; T. R. Good, ExxonMobil, UK ; S. R. Passey, CASP, UK ; J. P. P. Hirst, Sedimentology Consultant, UK and C. J. Jordan, British Geological Survey, UK.

London : Geological Society, 2016.
1 online resource (268 pages) : illustrations.
  • Geological Society special publication ; no. 436. [More in this series]
  • Geological society special publication ; 436
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Field studies over a range of scales have been important in the upstream oil and gas industry for decades. Advances in digital outcrop characterization and data capture, coupled with increased computational capabilities, have resulted in a resurgence in fieldwork; these field studies are required to develop depositional, stratigraphic and structural concepts and provide the data which underpin the current generation of complex, computer generated, 3D subsurface models. These models provide an informed means of benchmarking the subsurface along with a more considered view of subsurface uncertainty and management of the risks identified. The papers in this volume cover safety in the field, frontier basin petroleum system assessment, field appraisal and development including unconventional resources, applications of techniques such as LiDAR and 3D photogrammetry, and uncertainty characterization. The studies were undertaken in diverse locations such as the Faroe Islands, Italy, Algeria, India, the USA and Trinidad; they represent a range of tectonic settings and a wide geological time frame. The spectrum of papers is testament to the value and integral position that fieldwork occupies within the modern hydrocarbon industry.
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Online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed December 28, 2016).
Reducing uncertainty and risk through field-based studies -- Keeping safe in the field: what, how and why? -- The value of fieldwork in making connections between onshore outcrops and offshore models: an example from India -- Reservoir architectures of interlava systems: a 3D photogrammetrical study of Eocene cliff sections, Faroe Islands -- Application of outcrop analogues in successful exploration of a sand injection complex, Volund Field, Norwegian North Sea -- A new perspective on sequence stratigraphy of syn-orogenic basins: insights from the Tertiary Piedmont Basin (Italy) and implications for play concepts and reservoir heterogeneity -- Ordovician shallow-marine tidal sandwaves in Algeria - the application of coeval outcrops to constrain the geometry and facies of a discontinuous, high-quality gas reservoir -- Outcrop analogues for hydrocarbon reservoirs in the Columbus Basin, offshore east Trinidad -- Making outcrops relevant for an unconventional source rock play: an example from the Eagle Ford Group of Texas -- Field-based structural studies as analogues to sub-surface reservoirs -- Developing digital fieldwork technologies at the British Geological Survey -- Linking outcrop analogue with flow simulation to reduce uncertainty in sub-surface carbon capture and storage: an example from the Sherwood Sandstone Group of the Wessex Basin, UK -- Do technical studies reduce subsurface risk in hydrocarbon exploration: and if not, how do they add value?
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