Ichnology of Petroleum Systems


FORCE - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy Network Group invites you to a two-day seminar on Ichnology of Petroleum Systems. A two-days seminar on Ichnology of Petroleum Systems will be hosted by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) in Stavanger, 17. and 18. November 2021. The seminar was planned before the pandemic but had to be postponed until now. It will consist of a blend of talks (including keynotes) and core-viewing sessions.

Date Time Duration Register by Location
17.11.21 09-16 2 days 08.11.21 TOR-NPD





Wednesday, 17th November 2021

08:30     Registration at NPD

09:00     Welcome and Introduction

Caroline Lowrey (Spirit Energy, Stavanger)

09:15     KEYNOTE

Applications of ichnology in petroleum systems - an overview

Dirk Knaust (Equinor, Stavanger)

10:00     The application of ichnology in unravelling the controls on porosity preservation at depth in the Ula Formation, NCS

John Cummings and Stacie L. Jones (Stratum, Sandnes)

10:25     Refreshments / networking

10:55     KEYNOTE

Ichnofabric tiering in response to oxygenation and burial of organic matter

Andreas Wetzel (University of Basel)

11:40     Lunch

12:40     Core viewing 1

Hugin Formation (Sleipner Vest), shallow-marine (DK)

13:25     Core viewing 2

               Ula Formation (Ula Field), shoreface (JC)

14:10     Refreshments / networking

14:30     Core viewing 3

Sognefjord Formation (Blasto Discovery), deltaic (DK)

15:15     Core viewing 4

Stø Formation (Loppa High), shallow-marine (JC)

16:00     End of day one

19:00     Seminar Dinner at Olivia Restaurant, Stavanger centrum



Thursday, 18th November 2021

09:00     KEYNOTE

Imaging techniques for ichnological analysis - application to deep-sea deposits

Javier Dorador (University of Granada)

09:35     Marginal-marine sedimentation in the Middle Jurassic Hugin Formation, Sigrun Discovery, Norwegian North Sea

Richard Callow and Geir Helgesen (Equinor, Stavanger)

10:00     An integrated ichnological and sedimentological study of the organic-rich Botneheia Formation (Middle Triassic) of Edgeøya, Svalbard, with emphasis on the ichnogenus Thalassinoides

Sofie Bernhardsen (Equinor, Trondheim)

10:25     Refreshments / networking


10:45     Facies distribution within paralic deposits: Neslen Formation, Book Cliffs, Utah and Brent Group, Norwegian North Sea

Jostein Kjærefjord and Dirk Knaust (Equinor, Bergen/Stavanger)

11:20     Stacking-pattern analysis constrained by ichnofabrics

               Jean Gérard (Sed-trace, Esquize Sere)

11:45     Lunch

12:40     Core viewing 5

               Neslen and Tarbert formations (Utah, Oseberg Sør), marginal-marine (JK)

13:25     Core viewing 6

Kvitnos Formation (Aasta Hansteen), deep-marine (DK)

14:10     Refreshments / networking

14:30     Core viewing 7

               Hugin Formation (Sigrun East), marginal-marine (RC)

15:15     Core viewing 8

               Jorsalfare Formation (Gullfaks), chalk (DK)

16:00     End of day two


FORCE seminars have previously been fully booked with waiting lists so you are encouraged to sign up as soon as you know you will attend.

Participant fees for 2 days seminar + dinner (This may be subject to change due to the Covid-19 pandemic)
FORCE member: NOK 1500,-
Non-member: NOK 3000,-
University/student: NOK 500,-

Important information:
You can register as a FORCE member and pay "FORCE member" price if you are an employee of a member company.
All FORCE member companies are listed here.

Payment is made online by credit card. Please note that no refunds will be given after you have signed up. If you for any reason can not attend the workshop, you are welcome to send a representative, just inform Linn Smerud as soon as there are changes.

Updated: 18/11/2021