Reservoir Quality Prediction: From Deep Water to Tight Gas Sandstones

Who Should Attend

Exploration and production geologists, geophysicists, and managers who are concerned about assessment of reservoir quality in sandstones away from well control and wish to learn more about the state-of-the-art in predictive modeling approaches.

This course is open to all interested industry or academic participants. The course is taught periodically in Durango but also may be given on site.


We provide participants with an overview of the primary textural, compositional, and diagenetic influences on porosity and permeability of reservoir sandstones from a wide range of depositional and tectonic environments. We also review recently developed approaches for predicting sandstone reservoir quality away from well control using diagenetic models and how these models can be used to evaluate reservoir quality variability and uncertainty prior to drilling.

Factors to be considered include:

  • Compaction in both lithic-rich and lithic-poor sandstones
  • Quartz cementation
  • Carbonate and clay cements
  • Role of textural characteristics such as grain size and sorting
  • The impact of grain coatings such as detrital clay, chlorite, siderite, and microcrystalline quartz


One to two days, depending on the desired scope.

Short courses