Virtual Field Trip Willow Creek

Cretaceous Horseshoe Canyon Formation at Willow Creek: Point bar evolution and stratigraphic architecture

Field Trip Leaders:
Paul Durkin, Assistant Professor
Paul Nesbit, Post-Doctoral fellow
Stephen Hubbard, Associate Professor

Date: April 29, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM MST
The elink will be sent two days in advance of the virtual field trip
CPD: 2

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Registration closes: April 27th, 2021 at 10:00 AM


The Willow Creek outcrops of the Horseshoe Canyon Formation are a classic field trip locale with exceptional exposures of point-bar deposits. The virtual trip will guide you through sandstone- and IHS-dominated point-bar deposits and their complex internal stratigraphic architecture, including evidence for intra-bar erosion and rotation. The impact of IHS distribution on reservoir characterization, production, and subsurface analogs from heavy oil and oil sands reservoirs will be discussed.

Who should attend?

This field trip is designed for reservoir and production engineers, managers, geologists, and scientists / researcher who are currently working in or are considering working in heavy oil or oil sands



About the Field Trip Leaders

Paul Durkin
Paul Durkin is an assistant professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Paul received his BSc from McMaster University in 2011 and his PhD from the University of Calgary in 2016. His research group at the U of M is focused on clastic sedimentology and stratigraphy of terrestrial and paralic depositional systems, with a particular interest in meandering fluvial environments. Paul’s research combines a field-based approach with innovative technology and analytical methods to refine paleoenvironmental reconstructions and stratigraphic relationships.

Paul Nesbit
Paul Nesbit is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Calgary. Paul received his BSc in Geology and MA in Geography and geospatial technologies from California State University, Long Beach and completed his PhD at the University of Calgary in 2021. His research centers around the use of geospatial technologies for geologic mapping, analysis, and visualization. Paul currently focuses on implementing 3D models of outcrops created with drone-based photogrammetry and understanding their benefits and efficacy in research and education.

Steve Hubbard
Steve Hubbard is a Professor in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary. After receiving his PhD from Stanford in 2006, he joined the faculty at the University of Calgary that same year. His research group studies sediment-routing systems, from source to sink, with an emphasis on the deposits of channelized fluvial and deep-water systems. He regularly works with the energy industry in order to hone models for prediction and development of hydrocarbons in basins around the world.

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Cancellation policy: No refunds available. Substitutes acceptable.
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