Basin Modeling: Thermicity, Maturation & Migration


Who should attend?

  • This course provides an in-depth and practical understanding of thermal basin modeling in a comprehensive workflow, including modeling of oil maturation and hydrocarbon migration, and leading to the assessment of hydrocarbon potential of an exploration block or a prospect.
Audience :
  • Junior petroleum exploration geoscientists, multidisciplinary-team managers.

Level : Proficiency

Course Content


      • AM: lectures.
      • Basin types (rift, margin, foreland, etc.).
      • Subsidence versus time.
      • Compaction, backstripping.
      • PM: exercises, introduction to TemisFlow™ 1D module, subsidence curve calculation.

      • AM: lectures.
      • Modes of heat propagation: conduction, convection and advection.
      • Transient thermal regimes and blanketing effects of sedimentary covers.
      • Calibration of heat flow for present and past thermal state.
      • PM: exercises with TemisFlow™ 1D module, influence of heat flow, surface temperature, conductivity.

      • AM: lectures.
      • Source rock (kerogen type, Rock-Eval data…).
      • Kerogen cracking, kinetic parameters determination.
      • Secondary cracking.
      • Paleo-thermometers (organic matter, fission tracks, fluid inclusions…).
      • PM: exercises with TemisFlow™ 1D module, influence of kinetic parameters.

      • Session 1:
      • AM: lectures.
      • Migration principles.
      • Definition of lithologies in basin modeling.
      • Archimedes force, capillary pressure.
      • PM: introduction to TemisFlow™ 2D module, exercises in TemisFlow™ 2D module, influence of parameters.
      • Session 2:
      • AM: lectures.
      • Oil & Gas generation.
      • PVT and chemical composition.
      • Velocity of hydrocarbon migration.
      • PM: exercises with TemisFlow™ 2D module, influence of parameters.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • understand source rock maturation and hydrocarbons generation,
  • assess most significant basin modeling parameters for regional basin model construction (using the 1D module of TemisFlow™),
  • understand hydrocarbon migration processes (using the 2D module of TemisFlow™) and evaluate the hydrocarbon potential of a given area.

Ways & Means

  • Afternoon sessions are devoted to case studies based on non-proprietary data provided by IFP.
  • Use of the software program TemisFlow™ (maximum 2 participants per workstation).
  • By the end of each afternoon, participants generate short reports which are assessed the following day.
  • Participants have the alternative of using their own data.
  • Upon request, the course can make use of a company’s regional dataset, provided the latter is made available in advance.
  • Software used during workshops: with courtesy of Beicip-Franlab.