American Association of Petroleum Geologists

AAPG - an International Organization

May 6-9, 2007
The Netherlands

Sponsored by AAPG Research Committee

Conference Conveners
Hanneke Verweij
TNO Geological Survey of The Netherlands
Sierd Cloetingh
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Stephan Düppenbecker
BP Exploration, UK
Marek Kacewicz
Chevron, USA
Johannes Wendebourg
Shell, The Netherlands
Gareth Yardley
Shell, The Netherlands


Hanneke Verweij
TNO Geological Survey of The Netherlands
P.O. Box 80015
3408 TA Utrecht
The Netherlands

AAPG Education Dept.
Debbi Boonstra
P.O. Box 979
Tulsa, OK 74101-0979
Fax: (918) 560-2678

Basin Modeling Perspectives:
Innovative Developments and Novel Applications

Review Abstracts

DATE: May 6-9, 2007

LOCATION: The Hague, The Netherlands

Conference Goals:

The conference aims to encourage the free exchange of ideas and enhance cooperation among leading basin modeling experts and researchers of basin-wide processes. We encourage participants from the oil industry, universities, research institutes and development companies to present recent research and modeling results in order to improve the science and workflows required by basin modelers in the petroleum exploration and production industry. 

The conference will address important issues such as the quantitative modeling of rock and fluid property evolution during basin evolution at different spatial scales; how to use physical fundamentals in basin modeling; do we model these physics properly; how to incorporate horizontal and vertical structural and salt deformation in basin models; the integration of, and calibration to, all available geological, geophysical and production data; and how basin modeling can be used to minimize exploration risk.


A three-day meeting with keynote speakers, oral and poster presentations and discussions; non-parallel sessions for oral presentations. Adequate time will be allotted for dedicated poster sessions and both formal and informal discussions.


A special volume of papers from the conference will be published.


  1. Evolution of rock, fault and fractures properties:
    Rock, fault and fracture properties and evolution at different spatial scales; rock texture, mineralogy in relation to petrophysical properties; rock rheology and changes of rock properties through time; prediction of properties of rocks, faults and fractures.
  2. Properties of water and petroleum fluids:
    Petroleum fluid properties and their evolution; petroleum fluid include oil, gas, condensates, but also gas hydrates, tars; brine properties; changes of fluid properties through time; processes influencing fluid properties (chemical and physical processes during migration; biodegradation; in-reservoir processes, such as mixing, oil cracking etc).
  3. Integration of geophysical data and methods with basin modeling:
    Seismic and non-seismic geophysical data and information (such as identified seismostratigraphic facies and bright spots from seismic; magnetic data; earthquake data); use of geophysical data and information for calibration of basin modeling and vice versa use of basin modeling for calibrating seismic interpretations.
  4. Geodynamics and heat flow: ‘going beyond McKenzie models’:
    Heat flow, and changes of heat flow with time into the base of lithosphere and base of sedimentary basin in relation to different tectonic settings; intra-basinal processes such as advective and conductive heat transport, radiogenic heat generation.
  5. Structural and salt deformation in basin modeling:
    Use of structural reconstructions and salt deformation in basin modeling at different scales; role of geomechanics; influence of structural and salt deformation on basin geometry and pressure and temperature conditions, connectivity of reservoirs and seals, individual fault properties.
  6. Data quality, inversion and uncertainty reduction:
    Novel approaches to make use of all available data and to use these data in the best possible way; approaches to identify what the key pieces of information are and what information is missing.
  7. Integrated basin modeling studies:
    Multi-scale and multi-disciplinary basin modeling studies from different geological settings; 3D basin modeling studies; state-of-the-art workflow issues; use of basin modeling results as input to other disciplines; use of basin modeling in exploration risking.
  8. Novel approaches in fluid flow modeling
    New ideas and new mathematical methods on how to represent petroleum migration and hydrodynamics in sedimentary basins; upscaling of flow processes; how to vastly accelerate simulations.
  9. Basin modeling approaches for CO2 sequestration
    How basin modeling can help to study long-term CO2 storage; properties of overburden and leakage behavior; fluid-rock interactions.

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