Fault Seal Analysis


Exploration and production geoscientists, and reservoir engineers


The course aims to give an idea on new methods for evaluating sealing faults. The emphasis is placed on the application of an objective methodology to the analysis of subsurface data (seismic interpretation & wells).


  • Introduction and key concepts
  • Causes and evaluation of subsurface pressures, overpressures and faulting.
  • Fault terminology, interpretation & mapping
  • Fault displacement patterns, fault-tip extrapolation
  • Review of top-seal & fault seal failure mechanisms
  • Membrane seals and hydraulic seals
  • Juxtaposition, clay smear, catalyses and diagenesis
  • Fault seal methods and capacity
  • Fault seal attributes
  • Calibration of seal attributes with pressure data
  • Case studies