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POSTPONED - Basin and Petroleum Systems Modelling: Best Practices, Challenges and New Techniques

16 - 18 September 2020
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Event type:
Conference, Specialist Group
Organised by:
Geological Society Events, Energy Group
The Geological Society, Burlington House
Event status:

After carefully considering the impact of the current COVID-19 outbreak on the conference, the convening committee has reluctantly decided to postpone the conference until 28 to 30 September 2021. Please see the new event page for any further information.

The prediction of viable petroleum systems is critical to meet the growing energy demand. This meeting will discuss the importance of Basin and Petroleum System Modelling (BPSM) in petroleum systems evaluations, focusing on best practices, recent developments, and opportunities for the future.

New and improved digital capabilities have enabled a more integrated approach to petroleum system analysis, therefore the impact of newly available data and technologies in BPSM will be reviewed. As the energy sector shifts from traditional hydrocarbon to alternatives, and new disciplines such as carbon capture and storage emerge, we will look at novel and innovative uses of BPSM.

BPSM key topics

  • Best practices in different exploration scenarios: mature, frontier, and unconventional areas
  • Effectiveness of modelling geological processes: heat flow; erosion; kinetics; thermal conductivity
  • Charge and migration modelling
  • New techniques in BPSM
  • Integration with other disciplines: carbon capture and storage; reservoir engineering; geothermal
  • Dealing with predicted risk and uncertainty
  • Case studies

The conference will bring together professionals from academia, government agencies, and industry to discuss BPSM through a series of presentations and panel discussions, suitable for both a specialist basin modeller and for a general exploration geologist. A dedicated student poster session will encourage participation from a new generation. The meeting will include an optional one-day field trip to the classic petroleum geology outcrops of Dorset.


  • Thomas Hantschel (Schlumberger)
  • Zhiyong He (Zetaware)
  • Neil Frewin (Shell)


  • Christine Yallup (Halliburton)
  • Rachel Round (Halliburton)
  • Michael Abrams (Imperial College London)
  • Friedemann Baur (Chevron)
  • David Gardiner (IGI)
  • Rachel Gavey (APT - UK)
  • Daniel Palmowski (Schlumberger)
  • Will Prendergast (BP)
  • Dani Schmid (Geomodelling Solutions)
  • Robert Newbould (Premier Oil)

Geolsoc Contact

Sarah Woodcock

Geological Society of London
Burlington House
Piccadilly, London
United Kingdom

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