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Southwest Section
American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Presents the 2013 Bill Hailey Memorial Short Course
Integrated Stratigraphic Analysis of Deepwater Sands
Using Seismic Sequence Methodology
Presented by:
John M. Armentrout, Geologist
Monday, January 7, 2013            

Abilene Civic Center
1100 North 6th Street
Pine & North 6th Street, downtown Abilene

Tuesday, January 8, 2012

TexasChristian University
Auditorium, Brown-Lupton University Union
2901 Stadium Drive, Ft Worth, TX

Integrated Stratigraphic Analysis of Deepwater Sands

Using Seismic Sequence Methodology

This one-day (eight-hour) hands-on workshop consists of a series of exercises and lectures focused on the fundamentals of sequence stratigraphiy and deep-water sand depositional systems using seismic record sections and wireline logs.   The workshop exercises are organized for geologists and geophysicists with introductory knowledge of stratigraphy and sedimentation and are formatted to enhance interpretation skills.  The succession of exercises will expose the participants to observation and annotation of sequence stratigraphic patterns, depositional systems, facies analysis, and chronostratigraphic framework.  Participants will construct a relative sea level curve and area-time diagram to clarify concepts and terminology of the sequence stratigraphic methodology.  Application of the methodology uses two regional seismic reflection profiles, one from the North Slope of Alaska and a second from the West Siberia Basin of Russia.  Both seismic profiles illustrate prograding cycles of depositional clinoforms with no structural overprint thus facilitating application of stratigraphic principles.  The interpretations lead to recognition of shelf margin to basin floor plays.

John M. Armentrout, Geologist
Cascade Stratigraphics
20060 SE Highway 224
Damascus, Oregon 97089
John M. Armentrout grew-up in Oregon and received Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology/Chemistry (1964) and Geology (1965), and a Masters of Science in Geology (1967) from the University of Oregon.  He worked as Director of Outdoor Education at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry during 1967-70, directing field research programs and educational field trips.  In 1970, John returned to school and subsequently received his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Washington in 1973.
Following graduation, John joined Mobil Oil Corporation’s Alaska Exploration Division in Denver, Colorado, where his work included field geology along southern Alaska in preparation for Outer Continental Shelf Lease Sales.  Subsequent Mobil assignments have included Oklahoma Production (1977-78), Global Basin Analysis (1979-82), Alaska Exploration (1982-85), Deep-Water Clastics Task Force (1985-88), New Exploration Ventures (1988-90), Mobil’s Dallas Research Laboratory Sequence Stratigraphy Team (1990-93) and Mobil’s Technical Services specializing in sequence stratigraphy of deep-water depositional systems (1993-2000).  He retired from Mobil in 2000, and currently consults and teaches stratigraphy for his company, Cascade Stratigraphics Inc., located in Clackamas, Oregon, within the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.
John’s research interests are broad.  His publications include papers on Gulf of Mexico Neogene sequence stratigraphy, biostratigraphy, geochemistry and seismic facies analysis; Northeast Pacific Ocean margin stratigraphy, molluscan biostratigraphy, and magneto-chrono-biostratigraphy, and North Sea Paleogene sequence stratigraphy.  His most recent publications have focused on Gulf of Mexico and Niger Delta gravity-flow depositional systems and sequence biostratigraphy.
In 1978-79, John was a National Research Council Research Fellow at the U.S. Geological Survey.  During 1992-93 he was an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer, served SEPM as President during 1996-97, and AAPG Vice-President-Sections 2007-08.