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PESA QLD : Technical Luncheon, 19th October – Dr Andrew La Croix

Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 12:15 - 14:00

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Guest Speaker: Dr Andrew La Croix

Andrew completed his Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada focusing on sedimentology and ichnology. In early 2017 he moved to the University of Queensland to undertake a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship as part of the University’s Energy Initiative. His focus is the palaeoenvironments and sequence stratigraphy of the Precipice-Evergreen succession in the Surat Basin with the goal of improving static reservoir modeling and prediction of heterogeneity for CO2 sequestration.

This month, PESA QLD is delighted to bring you a presentation from Dr. Andrew La Croix, from the University of Queensland.


Modern Insights into an Age-Old Question: What Controls
Compartmentalization within Tidal-Fluvial Channel Deposits?
Royal on the Park Hotel, Cnr Alice and Albert Streets, Brisbane QLD 4000
Date & Time:
19th October 2017,    12:15 pm
Presentation Abstract:

One of the most difficult but important questions to answer when modelling estuarine and distributary channel-complex deposits is: how interconnected are channel and channel bar deposits? Of course, the answer depends upon the paleo-depositional position of the channels, and therefore, criteria for defining depositional position are crucial for accurate interpretations and prediction of baffles and barriers to fluid flow.
The Fraser River is one of the largest, un-dammed rivers in the world, and drains a large portion of the province of British Columbia, Canada. The hydraulic conditions within the river reflect natural flow states, and the associated channel and channel bar deposits in the tidal lower reach are an excellent process-response analogue to the rock record.
This talk will showcase modern sedimentological and ichnological studies of the Fraser River, highlighting the main findings and how they can be used for paleo-geographic interpretation of tidal-fluvial rock record successions.
The results have tangible application to reservoir characterization and prediction, such as in the Cretaceous McMurray Formation, the primary reservoir interval in the Athabasca Oil Sands Deposit of northeastern Alberta, Canada. In the McMurray Formation, muddy beds in channel bars are baffles and barriers to fluid flow, and strongly affect the capacity for steam chamber development and bitumen extraction in the SAGD (steam assisted gravity drainage) portions of this world-class unconventional resource.


Tickets can be purchased below.
Early bird pricing will remain available up until Monday 16th October, 12:00 Midday.



Thursday, October 19, 2017
12:15 - 14:00


Royal on the Park
Corner Alice and Albert Streets, Brisbane QLD, 4000



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