SEG/EAGE Workshop on The Deliberate Search for Stratigraphic Traps: Has it Come of Age?

7-9 December 2021 | Virtual Workshop


7-9 December 2021
Virtual Workshop

Workshop Details

Since the year 2000, almost 50 percent of the giant oil fields discovered globally have been either stratigraphic or combination traps, a significant increase over the historical figures of 10–15 percent. Advancement in 3D seismic acquisition, imaging, and interpretation technology has played a key role in successful exploration of stratigraphic traps. Careful evaluation of global analogues, integration of geophysical and geological data and in-depth understanding of petroleum systems is essential in exploring and developing stratigraphic traps. The joint SEG-EAGE workshop aims at bringing the global geoscience community together to deliberate over the advancement in exploration of stratigraphic and combination traps in both clastic and carbonate settings. Technological advancements and case histories from diverse geological settings shall be shared together with the key challenges in exploring and developing such traps. One of the intended deliverables of the workshop is a robust set of criteria for evaluation of stratigraphic traps under different depositional settings and best practices for risking them.

Organizing Committee

  • Committee Co-Chair – Sandeep Kumar Chandola, PETRONAS
  • Committee Co-Chair – Stan Stanbrook, Murphy Oil

Committee Members

  • Brianne Alleyne, PETRONAS
  • Diana Abdul Rahman, ExxonMobil
  • Firman Budi Kurniawan, PT Pertamina Hulu Mahakam
  • Gargi Sen, Schlumberger
  • Gillian Apps, Bureau of Economic Geology
  • Ian Sayers, CGG
  • Jan Rindschwentner, Independent
  • Kelly Poret, PTTEP
  • Muhammad Hanif Haziq Bin Mohammad, Beicip-Franlab Asia
  • Navpreet Singh, ConocoPhillips
  • Rijal Anshori, BP Indonesia
  • Sarvagya Parashar, Halliburton

Time Zones

  • Kuala Lumpur Time: 12:00 PM (GMT+8) 7 December- 5:00 PM (GMT+8) 9 December
  • United Kingdom Time: 4:00 AM (GMT+1) 7 December - 08:00 AM (GMT+1) 9 December
  • Central Time: 10:00 PM (CT) 6 December - 3:30 AM (CT) 9 December
  • Gulf Standard Time: 08:00 AM (GST) 7 December - 1:00 PM (GST) 9 December


Suba Jaganathan

SEG Asia Pacific

Telephone: +6014 323 8107

Email: [email protected]


Who should attend

The target participants include (but not limited to) geophysicists, petroleum geoscientists, geomodelers, exploration managers, researchers, and academics involved in or aspiring to pursue the exploration and development of stratigraphic and combination traps.

Workshop Format

The format of the workshop will feature presentations by invited key experts in their field who will share their experiences. The workshop will serve as a unique opportunity to have an open and extended discussions among the participants.

6 sessions (3 days). We will aim for one keynote speaker per day with closing session at the end of the workshop to serve as outlook going forward. The oral presentations are made up of 15-minute talks followed by five minutes of Q&A. After each session, 30-minute discussion sessions will be planned. The objective of this session is allow participants to discuss in details and learn from each what has worked for them and debate on issues and challenges facing them during their daily workflows. Session chairs will also serve as discussion leaders during the 30 minutes.

Poster presentations are also welcome to give ample time to the delegates to discuss the poster topic with the author(s). Posters will be in displayed in the workshop room.

Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration Fee (must be registered and paid prior to 7 November 2021)
Member [US$450] | Non Member [US$550]

Full Registration Fee
Member [US$575] | Non Member [US$650]

Student Registration Fee
Member [US$75] | Non Member [US$100]

Technical Program

Opening Session

  • Welcome Message by Technical Committee Co-Chairs – Sandeep Kumar Chandola (PETRONAS) and Stan Stanbrook (Murphy Oil)
  • Leadership Keynote Address by Kurt Marfurt (University of Oklahoma)
  • Opening Speaker by Ian Longley (GIS-Pax)


  • Bryan Cronin (Tullow, UK) - Deep-water stratigraphic to combination traps in conjugate transform margins: lessons from Ghana-CDI and Guyana-Suriname
  • Stanley Wharton (CERDiT)- Exploring Stratigraphic Traps on Carbonate Platform Margins using Targeted Technology Workflow Applications
  • Satyabrata Nayak (PETRONAS) - Stratigraphic play in Sabah Deep water: Where do we Stand?
  • Peter O’Mara (New European Offshore) - The Finlaggan Field; successful appraisal and development of a complex stratigraphic trap
  • Aini Ashiqin Mohd. Mokhdhari & Sharon Khor Suyin (ExxonMobil) - Developing Near Field Stratigraphic Trap in Matured Producing Field
  • Duncan Barr (Sedigon Consultants LLC) - Expect the Unexpected: Lessons from Case Studies in Subtle Stratigraphic Traps


  • Keynote Speaker: Graeme Bagley (WestWood Energy) -Stratigraphic Trap Exploration since 2010
  • John Dolson (Consultant, USA) - A step-change in success rates in finding stratigraphic traps: lessons gleaned from AAPG Giant Fields GIS database, updated to 2021
  • Zihyong He (Zetaware) - Migration and Charge Risk for Stratigraphic Traps
  • Bala Kunjan (Cue Energy) - Evaluating a Stratigraphic Trap within an Exploration Portfolio
  • Keynote Speaker: Henry Posamentier (Consultant) - Thoughts on stratigraphic traps
  • Angus Ferguson (BRIGHT SPOT CONSULTANTS) - Exploration and Development of Stratigraphic Traps in Clastic Reservoirs: Methods, Models and Evaluation
  • Lawrence Amy (University College Dublin) - Formation of upslope stratigraphic traps in turbidite systems: insights from producing fields, modern sea-floor systems and sediment transport models
  • Mark Thompson (Lurch Oil Consultation Limited) and Mike Mayall (Mike Mayall Geology Consulting Ltd and Imperial College, London) -  A systematic workflow for the exploration and evaluation of subtle traps (stratigraphic and regional unconformity plays)


  • Alex Bump (University of Texas) - Stratigraphic Traps for Carbon Storage: Rethinking Risk and Success
  • Simon Shoulders (BP, UK) - A process-led approach to framing uncertainty and risk in CO2 storage in the subsurface
  • Carlos Andres (Schlumberger) - Nested Models – the new basin modeling standard for stratigraphic traps?
  • Wael Ben Habel (Schlumberger) - Stratigraphic forward modeling to seismic forward modeling: An innovative approach in characterizing carbonate reservoirs
  • Donald Christie (Southampton University) - Forward Stratigraphic Modelling with Onlapse-2D for Reservoir Prediction: Offshore Sureste Basin, Mexico
  • Danial Hasno (Mubadala Petroleum) - Predicting Carbonate Geomorphology Through Seismic and Velocity Driven Data of an ‘Amalgamated or not?’ Carbonate Prospect in Central Luconia
  • King King Ting (PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd.) - The subtle carbonate stratigraphy play: the overlook giant of Central Luconia, NW Borneo
  • Joseph Reilly (ExxonMobil - Retired), SEG Board of Directors - Resolution enabling the exploration and development of stratigraphic traps
  • Adi Widyantoro (PERTAMINA) - Practical Insight from the Banggai Basin Lower Slope Channel Forward Modeling
  • Mark Sams (PETRONAS) - Removing lithology to show the fluids through seismic inversion

Sponsorship Opportunities

To maximize exposure and visibility for our partners, we offer an array of unique sponsorship opportunities designed to suit a range of budgets with specific target audiences for optimum return on investment. For a list of sponsorship opportunities and an application form for sponsorship, email [email protected]

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Important Dates

Early Bird Registration closes:
7 November 2021

Call for Abstract closed:
10 September 2021

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