Reservoir Compartmentalization: 21st Century Concepts & Applications

Course Description

This seminar is designed to provide professionals with a modern awareness of the full spectrum of stratigraphic and structural complexities controlling petroleum reservoir compartmentalization. This collaborative course examines the broad variation in reservoir compartmentalization in terrestrial, shallow-marine and deep-marine environments, using extensive outcrop, core, and seismic examples from various passive and active margins – including several examples from petroleum basins in the Middle East. One of the main themes is the application of first principles toward 3-D reservoir compartmentalization resulting from sediment transport, deposition, and stratigraphic stacking patterns as well as post-depositional processes including diagenesis and structural alteration.

This course is designed to give industry professionals an appreciation of the predictive attributes of reservoir compartmentalization, as well as knowledgeable insight into the scale and architecture of the wide range of petroleum reservoirs. This course draws from materials presented in field courses to outcrops and petroleum basins worldwide.

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

  • Industry professionals engaged in reservoir characterization possess this knowledge, and expect others to as well.
  • Business decisions, including final investment decisions, are based on the concepts presented in this course.
  • An understanding of reservoir compartmentalization is critical for the development of accurate subsurface models.
  • There is high demand for technical and business professionals with these skills.

Who Attends

This course is designed for employees of oil and gas companies in technical to management positions.

Special Requirements

Students should have an existing understanding of ESP equipment and operations.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 1-day course.


Dave Cantrell has over 37 years of worldwide geologic industrial and academic experience. Dave began his industry career in 1982 with Exxon where he conducted numerous reservoir characterization and geological modeling studies on reservoirs in the Middle East, and North and South America. After moving to Saudi Arabia in 1997, he conducted studies on several large carbonate fields there, and lead geologic R&D for Saudi Aramco from 2000-2008; he also served as a professor and Associate Director for the College of Petroleum Engineering & Geosciences at King Fahd Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) from 2015-2017. He is currently a Principal at Cantrell GeoLogic, an adjunct professor at Stanford University, an AAPG Certified Petroleum Geologist, and a Fellow of the Geological Society of London; he has published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and holds one patent. He holds an MSc from the University of Tennessee and a PhD in Geology from the University of Manchester.