Play Fairway Analysis - the definitive guide to successful exploration

Course Summary: This course is designed to teach the methods needed to integrate a play-based approach into an oil and gas exploration campaign to deliver more successful results. The switch of focus by many companies, from searching for individual prospects to looking for successful plays allows explorers to quickly identify new opportunities (resulting in more efficient exploration campaigns). The focus of this course is making play maps that aid sound business decisions based on good geology.

Who Should Take the Course: The course Is designed for geoscience professionals with a wide range of experience (new industry entrants to more experienced geoscientists) who wish to gain a greater understanding of how to approach exploration from a play-based viewpoint and how to effectively go about assigning appropriate risk to plays.

Course Outline:


  • What is play-based exploration
  • Its Role in E&P Business process
  • Global patterns of discovery – probability of success and discovery size through time


  • Tectonic Framework, Sequence Stratigraphy, Gross Depositional Enviroment mapping
  • Basis Fill and Evolution: Structural Development, Source Rock, Reservoir and Seal
  • Structural Domains: timing, size, style, distribution, lead spacing
  • Petroleum System Analysis


  • Play Definition; trap, charge, seal and reservoir
  • Play distribution - areal
  • Play Test analysis
  • Play Segment mapping
  • Confidence level testing
  • Play PoS

Leads & Prospects

  • Leads generation
  • Subsurface evaluation
  • Risks and Volumetrics – Yet- to-Find and Field Size Distribution
  • Prospect Portfolio and Venture Planning

Non-Technical Considerations

  • Economics & Commercial
  • Organisational and political

Course Schedule

Courses include lunch. We have arranged a discounted room rate close to or at the venue and for overseas attendees we can assist you with a Visa application if necessary.


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