Reservoir Sedimentology and
Sequence Stratigraphy


Program Manager: Assoc Prof Simon Lang

Integration of high-resolution sequence stratigraphic studies and sedimentological analysis can substantially reduce risks for petroleum exploration and reservoir development. This research program encompasses projects that have as their central theme the application of sedimentology and sequence analysis to reservoir characterisation at the basin or field scale. Typically projects are industry-funded, and use real datasets from petroleum fields in Australia or overseas. Whilst most projects use cores, cuttings, wireline logs and seismic as their basic data sources, outcrops, mine exposures and modern depositional environments are also used as valuable reservoir analogue tools.

Aims and benefits of program


MSc Project: Sequence Stratigraphy and Reservoir Characterisation of Permian Fluvial-Lacustrine Successions in the Baryulah Complex, Cooper Basin.
MSc student: Nathan Ceglar
Supervisor: Assoc Prof Simon Lang
Project support: Santos Queensland
Scholarship support: Santos Queensland


PhD Project: Sequence stratigraphy, and foraminiferal biostratigraphy of the mid-Miocene of South Australia. *
*In collaboration with the Department of Geology and Geophysics, The University of Adelaide.
PhD student: Louise Christian (commenced 1995).
Supervisors: Assoc Prof Simon Lang, Dr Brian McGowran, Dr Q Li
Funding support: Primary Industries and Resources South Australia
Scholarship support: The University of Adelaide


PhD project: Practical Application of Sequence Stratigraphy and Risk Analysis for Stratigraphic Trap Exploration
PhD student: Takeshi Nakanishi (commenced 2000)
Supervisor: Assoc Prof Simon Lang
Project support: Japan National Oil Corporation
Scholarship support: Japan National Oil Corporation



PhD project: The Use of Forward Stratigraphic Modelling for Reservoir Characterisation
PhD student: Evelina Paraschivoiu
Supervisors: Assoc. Prof Simon Lang, Dr. C Griffiths
Project support: NCPGG
Scholarship support: The University of Adelaide


PhD project: The Effect of Tertiary Tectonic Movements on Stratal Architecture, Hydrocarbon Maturation and Migration in the Gambier Sub-basin, Otway Basin, Southern Australia*
*In collaboration with the Department of Geology and Geophysics, Adelaide University
PhD student: Rosalie Pollock (commenced 1999)
Supervisor: Assoc Prof Simon Lang, Assoc Prof Brian McGowran
Funding support: Origin Energy Resources
Scholarship support: Origin Energy Resources