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PESA NSW Short Course – Structural Geology and Seismic in Petroleum Exploration and Production

Monday, October 16, 2017 - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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Guest Speaker: Dr Kevin Hill

Kevin Hill is a structural and petroleum geologist who provides expert structural consulting to the resources industry, and offers beginners to advanced industry training courses. He has worked on many mountain belts and sedimentary basins around the world resulting in over 60 publications.

Kevin had 5 years with BP based in Canada and England, with their Structural Specialists Group, working on numerous basins around the world.  This was followed by 16 years teaching and research at La Trobe University (full-time) and then the University of Melbourne (part-time) whilst also consulting with many companies, mainly on Malaysia, Indonesia, PNG, Australia’s NW Shelf, Bass Strait and New Zealand.  Academically he completed a 4 year study of the structure and thermal history of the Papuan Fold Belt, working in association with BP Australia and consulting for Lakes Oil.  Kevin also spent 12 years running petroleum and structural geology research projects at La Trobe University and the University of Melbourne, focused mainly on Bass Strait and New Guinea, working with Pacarc Niugini, Oil Search, MIM Petroleum, Caltex, Esso, British Gas, Freeport, LL&E, Mobil, ARCO, Highlands Gold, BHPP, Union Texas and Woodside, amongst others.  He developed a seismic-structure workstation laboratory with industry-standard 2D and 3D seismic and structural software and organised funding and management of a team of researchers to undertake research projects on time and within budget, with regular reports to sponsors.

For the last ten years Kevin has worked for Oil Search Ltd in Sydney constructing regional and detailed balanced sections across the fold belt, detailed 3D structural models of the producing fields and regional 3D structural models of new plays and prospects. This involved integrating regional tectonics, seismic interpretation, 2D and 3D structural modelling, fission track and U-Th-He thermochronology, surface mapping, regional aero-gravity data and 3D experimental analogue models. In 2001 Kevin was the PESA Australia Lecturer, presenting his structural workshop throughout Australia.  Kevin received the Stillwell Medal for his fission track publication on Papua New Guinea.


1975-1978           B.A. (Oxon.) Honours in Geology, Oxford University, England.

1978-1980           M.Sc. in Geology, from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The thesis is entitled “Structure and stratigraphy of the coal-bearing and adjacent strata near Cadomin, Alberta”.

1985-1989           Ph.D. in Geology at the University of Melbourne on the “The structure, timing and thermal history of the Papuan Fold Belt, Papua New Guinea”

PESA NSW Short Course

Dr Kevin Hill

Structural Geology and Seismic in Petroleum Exploration and Production

Monday 16th to Wednesday 18th October 2017

A 3-day school for exploration and development geologists, geophysicists, reservoir engineers, seismic interpreters and technical assistants.


This course will be run as a hands-on workshop introducing the main structural geometries seen on seismic data and in outcrop in the oil industry.  The emphasis is on developing a workflow to allow exploration and production geologists and geophysicists to assess structural style and produce valid structural interpretations as well as consider alternative interpretations.  The course will introduce the structural styles associated with extension, compression, inversion and strike-slip.  Examples will be shown from both seismic data and outcrop.   Frequent short exercises, interpreting seismic data and outcrop images, will reinforce the theory presented.

The workshop will concentrate on practical methods to define the relationships between faults, folds, sedimentary packages and regional elevation and how they can be used predictively to validate an interpretation and prospect. Emphasis is placed on the ‘Structural Family’ present in an area, which depends strongly on the basement architecture and tectonic history.  Seismic and field examples are drawn from the Timor Sea, Bass Strait, Borneo, the Gulf of Suez, the Apennines, the Taranaki Basin, New Guinea, Indonesia, Watchet, the Otway Basin, Cape Liptrap, the Pyrenees and the Canadian Rockies amongst others.

PESA Members*:                              $950

Non-members:                                 $1250

PESA Student Members*:              $350

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Bookings close Thursday 12th October 2017 or until sold out.

Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney, NSW

9 am – 5 pm, Monday 16th to Wednesday 18th October 2017




Introduction to structural geology and the principles of geometrical analysis of structures.  This includes a review of the nature of faults and folds, the importance of structural families and the workflow used in structural analysis.


• Planar, domino, listric faults and rollover anticlines.
• The Chevron construction and growth packages (Exercise)
• Seismic restoration
• 3D fault geometries and restoration



• Definition and examples
• Seismic interpretation (Exercise)
• Detailed geometries and evolution



• Ramps, flats, detachments and detachment folds
• Fault bend folds – ramp anticlines (Exercise) and Fault propagation folds (Exercise)
• 3D geometries
• Restored sections from New Guinea and the Po Valley


• Definition and examples
• 2D and 3D geometry
• Interpretation (Exercise) and oilfield examples



Monday, October 16, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Castlereagh Boutique Hotel
169 Castlereagh St, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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+61 2 9284 1000


PESA NSW Secretary
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