Explore With DRB Geological Consulting

DRB Geological Consulting offers a number of field courses in the Appalachian Basin designed to understand subsurface unconventional reservoirs through an interactive discourse at the outcrop.

Participants will gain hands-on understanding of the stratigraphy, sedimentology, depositional environment, and structural history of organic-rich mudstones. These properties are discussed to better understand subsurface exploration and production, reservoir architecture, production mechanisms, distribution of hydrocarbons, and rock interactions with the drilling, completion, and production process.

Field course attendees can include operations, development, and exploration geologists, petrophysicists, reservoir, and completion engineers. Field courses are fully customizable to fit the needs of the clients, including the combination of field courses, course length, and subject matter focus.

  • Randy Blood

Upper Devonian Black Shales of Western New York State: FC2

This one-day field trip focuses on the interbedded grey and black Upper Devonian shale succession exposed along the Lake Erie shoreline and nearby tributaries between Hamburg and Dunkirk, New York.

In addition to understanding stratigraphy, sedimentology and the role of catagenesis in reservoir development and fracturing, attendees will learn about the various data sets and analytical techniques used to evaluate shale successions and how these concepts are applied to unconventional hydrocarbon exploration and production.

We will discuss micro and macro-scale sedimentary features including biogenic silica and concretions and how they affect the drilling and completion process. Intervals of interest include the Middlesex, Rhinestreet, and Dunkirk shales.

This field course is easily combined with FC 1.


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