COURSES & WORKSHOPS

COURSES

Course 1

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François Roure

Scientific Committee Chair
Chief Editor – Track 15
Arabian Journal of Geosciences
IFP – Energies Nouvelles, France

FORMATION, DEFORMATION and GEO-RESOURCES of SEDIMENTARY BASINS

24 November 2019
09:00 to 18:00


Participation Fee:

0 Euros (student)
50 Euros (academic)
100 Euros (professional)

Mantle tomographies and crustal imagery have provided a better understanding of the lithosphere dynamics and its controls on sedimentary basins and orogens. To illustrate the Wislson cycle and both extentional and compressional tectonic styles, crustal scale and industry seismic profiles will be used by the participants to unravel the architecture of sedimentary basins, from rift basins to passive margins and foothills domains. Case studies selected mainly in the Mediterranean-Middle East realms will be also used to document a basin modelling work flow developed to reconstruct the kinematics and thermicity and evaluate the overall petroleum potential of foreland fold-and-thrust belts. Last but not least, post-orogenic lithospheric deformations and their impact on the petroleum systems will be also documented.


Instructor:

François Roure is a Doctor of Structural Geology (1984, Paris VI), a professor and member of the Scientific Board of the French Petroleum Institute. He was also Extraordinary Professor of the IFP (French Petroleum Institute) at the VU Amsterdam University (2004-2014). Having joined CNRS in 1980, François Roure joined IFP Energies Nouvelles in 1984 as a project manager, became “Emirates” project manager in 2002 and manager of the JIP Tell-Offshore project (North Algeria Petroleum Reassessment with Sonatrach, Repsol-YPF and CNPC) in 2005. Since 2000, François Roure has been Professor and Expert at the French Petroleum Institute. He is the author of more than one hundred publications and communications. His scientific coordination work at the IFP was extensive, supervising many theses there. François Roure received the Charles Jacob prize from the Académie des Sciences (1996), the AAPG European Distinguished Lecturer award (1997) and the EAGE Wegener prize (2010).


Course 2

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Ali A. Garrouch

Guest of Editorial Board
Arabian Journal of Geosciences
Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Kuwait University
Kuwait

NMR LOG INTERPRETATION
23 and 24 November 2019

Participation Fee:

500 Euros (student)
600 Euros (academic)
700 Euros (professional)

NMR log interpretation skills are a must-have today for many geoscientists involved with Reservoir Characterization and Formation Evaluation. NMR log interpretation skills are important for some special applications like the evaluation of low-resistivity/low-contrast reservoirs, evaluation of carbonate reservoirs, for obtaining a matrix independent porosity, obtaining an estimate of permeability, and for fluid typing. In many occasions, NMR log interpretation makes the formation evaluation task more credible. This two-day short course will provide geoscientists and engineers with necessary skills for interpreting NMR logs.


Learning objectives:

1. Determine reservoir porosity independent of lithology.
2. Evaluate thin bed/low contrast reservoirs.
3. Identify fluid types using NMR data.
4. Estimate permeability of hydrocarbon reservoirs using well log data.
5. Become proficient in NMR log interpretation

Topics:

1. Review of routine open-hole logs
2. Principles of NMR physics
3. Relaxation mechanisms
4. NMR data inversion
5. NMR porosity, calibration, corrections for polarization and hydrogen index
6. Clay bound versus capillary bound water: sensitivity to cutoffs
7. Estimating permeability using NMR data
8. Fluid typing


Computer Usage:

Use of Excel spreadsheet and inversion programs.

Instructor:

Ali A. Garrouch is currently a Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Kuwait University. He holds a B.Sc. degree from Louisiana State University, USA, and an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin, USA all in petroleum engineering. His teaching, consulting activity and research interests are in Formation Evaluation, Reservoir Characterization, and Reservoir Stimulation.


Course 3

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Hosein Hashemi

Guest of Editorial Board / Author and Reviewer
Arabian Journal of Geosciences
Institute of Geophysics, University of Tehran, Iran

SEISMIC PATTERN RECOGNITION (SPR): THEORY and PRACTICE
Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Deep learning and other ML techniques

23 and 24 November 2019
09:00 to 18:00

Participation Fee:

20 Euros (student)
50 Euros (academic)
200 Euros (professional)

Is it possible to make every steps of seismic processing and interpretation automatic? Is it feasible to have results of the best seismic processors of the world in a vital step like velocity analysis for applying on our data? The answer to this question is behind the definitions of pattern recognition (PR)/machine learning(ML)/computational intelligence(CI) and soft computing (SC) terminologies! And these are all the topics covered in new field of seismic pattern recognition!


It is essential to know about many parameter settings in real applications of the above methods. Neural networks as a widespread example are not “push and go” processes. Our today seismic specialists are partly involved with these methods from first stages of seismic processing like automatic first break picking to final outputs such as AVO classification, seismic facies analysis, automatic multiple attenuation and seismic object detection.


There are some serious considerations that must be made in seismic pattern recognition to have reliable answers. The choice of classifier that is mentioned by several researchers is just one of the parameters to be tuned. Each classifier yields a different error trends. Performance of the method is not just defined by statistical term i.e. misclassification error, the geological interpretation of posterior probabilities has equivalent importance.

Objective:

This course aims to help seismic society specialists understand the concepts and different considerations for applying correct methodology for pattern recognition, machine learning, computational intelligence and soft computing experiences in their geophysical experiments.


Instructor:


Hosein Hashemi
is currently a faculty member in the Institute of Geophysics, University of Tehran in Iran. He finalized the PhD thesis in February 2009 in the same university. He stayed at Pattern Recognition Lab at the University of Delft, Netherlands during his PhD work and collaborated with Robert Duin, David Tax and Robert Babuska. There, he studied the applicability of pattern recognition techniques on seismic data with a group of computer science specialists. His PhD research focused on “Gas chimney detection using Multilayer Perceptron Neural Network and Support Vector Classifier” under supervision of A. Javaherian and Paul de Groot. He focused on the application of computer science in seismic interpretation (mainly seismic object detection). The focus was lowering the risk of drilling knowing the fluid migration pathways in a petroleum system with shallow reservoir formation using high quality images.


Course 4

Dr. Mustapha Meghraoui

Mustapha Meghraoui

Associate Editor
Arabian Journal of Geosciences
IPG Strasbourg, France

How to mitigate the seismic risk in Africa: A multidisciplinary approach

25 November 2019
08:30 – 12:30 and 16:00 – 19:00

Participation Fee:

0 Euros (student)
50 Euros (academic)
100 Euros (professional)

The technical and scientific IGCP-659 meeting alongside the 2nd Springer CAJG will address the topic of seismic risk assessment in Africa. Presentations and discussion sessions are programmed on some targeted capital cities for the hazard and risk assessment. The IGCP-659 working group will meet in Sousse in order to establish plans for practical activities related with seismic risk reduction in selected major cities in Africa. For more details, see IGCP-659 ANNUAL MEETING.


The IGCP-659 working group also organizes a training course dedicated to PhD students and young researchers in active tectonics, seismology, geology and geophysics. This course will cover:

  • Updated techniques for seismic source characterization from tectonic-remote sensing,seismology and geodesy (GPS).
  • The hazard and risk evaluation from multi-disciplinary approaches and most recentexperiences.

Objective:

The objective is to give the necessary basics on how multidisciplanary but closely related interdependent topics in solid earth geophysics address the issue of seismic hazard and risk assessment, in either interplate and/or intraplate domains in Africa.

The Course material will be sent to all participants on November 1st, 2019. There will be 5 modules in this course:

  • 08:00 – 9:00
    M1: Plate Tectonics and Rock Mechanics, The behaviour of the African lithosphere
    Instructor: Moctar Doucouré (Nelson Mandela University, South Africa)
  • 9:00 – 10:00
    M2: Seismotectonics and Earthquake Geology
    Instructor: Mustapha Meghraoui (IPG Strasbourg, France)
  • 10:00 – 10:30
    Coffee break
  • 10:30 – 11:30
    M3: Geodynamics and Space Geodesy (GPS): Implications for the seismic hazard assessment in Africa
    Instructor: Sarah Stamps (Virginia Tech, VA, USA)
  • 11:30 – 12:30 M4: Earthquake Mechanisms and Source Time Function
    Instructor: Silvia Pondrelli (INGV-Bologna, Italy)
  • 12:30 – 14:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:00
    Official opening ceremony of 2nd CAJG
  • 08:00 – 9:00
    M1: Plate Tectonics and Rock Mechanics, The behaviour of the African lithosphere
    Instructor: Moctar Doucouré (Nelson Mandela University, South Africa)
  • 15:00 – 16:00
    Icebreaker of 2nd CAJG / Group photo
  • 16:00 – 19:00
    M5: Integration of seismic, tectonic and geodetic data into the Seismic Hazard assessment and Risk Mitigation
    Instructors: Vunganai Midzi (Council for Geoscience, Pretoria, South Africa) and Ahmed Ksentini (Sfax University, Tunisia)



Workshops


Workshop 1

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    Sami Khomsi

    Guest of Editorial Board
    Arabian Journal of Geosciences
    FST, University Tunis El Manar, Tunisia
    King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia  

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    Hakim Gabtni

    Guest of Editorial Board
    Arabian Journal of Geosciences
    CERTE, Technopark Borj Cedria, University of Carthage, Tunisia

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    François Roure

    Scientific Committee Chair
    Chief Editor – Track 15
    Arabian Journal of Geosciences
    IFP – Energies Nouvelles, France

From basin-scale to the crustal and lithospheric architecture of the Maghrebides and their Atlasic-Saharan foreland: The need for coupled deep seismic soundings and tomography

28 November 2019
09:00–18:00

 

Since the mid 80s, national and international deep seismic reflection profiles have provided unique surveillance of the Moho and crustal architecture beneath sedimentary basins, tectonic wedges and adjacent forelands, mostly in North America and Europe. More recently, ongoing 3D mantle and crustal tomography programs based on 3D passive seismic recordings have also documented lateral seismic anisotropies and vertical seismic reversals in tectonic wedges and adjacent forelands. They provide accurate velocity models which can also be used for depth conversion and the processing of more conventional reflection profiles. Mantle tomography has been successful in documenting the vertical and lateral extent of lithospheric slabs and crustal delamination. The lack of such deep surveillance of North African tectonic wedges and adjacent forelands precludes any prospection of deep plays. For instance, profiles of deep seismic soundings would be of immense benefit to better monitor the geodynamic and thermal evolution of North African sedimentary basins, to identify new exploration objectives, and to better document the deep architecture of active fault systems. Therefore, the aim of this roundtable is to stimulate interest by both national and international research teams, agencies and companies in these topics, and to investigate the possibility of launching ambitious North African crustal imagery projects.


This workshop is supported by The International Lithosphere Program (ILP).



Workshop 2

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    Nabil Khélifi

    Senior Publishing Editor, MENA program
    Journal Publishing Manager
    Arabian Journal of Geosciences
    Springer, a part of Springer Nature, Germany

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    Xiuping Jia

    Guest of Editorial Board
    Arabian Journal of Geosciences
    University of New South Wales, Australia


How to prepare a successful scientific paper

28 November 2019

11:00–12:30 

Publication must be seen as an important, if not the most important, part of the research process. However, writing research papers for academic journals is not easy and is also very competitive. After producing data and generating ideas from your research, how do you write a clear and concise paper that attracts the attention of journal editors? How should you prepare a cover letter? How should you respond to reviewer reports?

A Senior Publishing Editor from Springer Nature in Heidelberg, Germany and a Professor from University of New South Wales, Australia share their advice on how to effectively write and structure your paper, prepare a cover page and respond to reviewers’ comments. The workshop will be helpful to PhD students and early-career researchers who are striving to publish their research works in international reputable journals.