KNGMG Sedimentological Society - 2 day field trip Boulonnais, France: 9-11 June

Wednesday 13 April 2016

The KNGMG Sedimentological Society organizes a 2 day trip to the Jurassic outcrops along the Boulonnais cliffs between Cap Griz Nez and Boulogne-sur-Mer in France.
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PGK-AAPG YP Limburg Excursion - April 30

Wednesday 30 March 2016

Open for all young-minded professionals, the PGK-AAPG YP board will organize a one-day excursion to the Zonneberg cave and famous ENCI quarry in Limburg on April 30. Refer to this page or contact the YP board at

KNGMG Annual Meeting - May 11

Wednesday 30 March 2016

The 2016 KNGMG Annual Meeting will be held at TNO in Utrecht on May 11th from 16:00pm. For further details and agenda, please click here or refer to


Upcoming Events


lecture · drinks

Wednesday 18 May 2016  17:00 - 19:00

Monthly Lecture: Two PhD student lectures

Lecturer: Helena van de Vegt / TU Delft IBA Team

17:00-18:00: Social Hour
18:00-18:30: Generating and applying synthetic reservoir analogues - Helena van de Vegt (TU Delft)
18:30-19:00: The hydrocarbon potential of the Taranaki Basin, New Zealand - TU Delft Imperial Barrel Award Team

Generating and applying synthetic reservoir analogues
by Helena van de Vegt

Both ancient and modern reservoir analogues are used to improve the estimation of geobody dimensions and connectivity within a reservoir. However, finding an appropriate analogue can be challenging. Even the most appropriate analogues typically only match a subset of the unique conditions comprising the reservoir’s depositional environment. To simplify analogue identification, libraries of data from many different sites are often consulted. However, data is limited to accessible outcrops and available data from modern systems. To supplement these sources, a library of synthetic realisations can be generated and accessed as required, based on any combinations of boundary conditions.

Our current work simulates deposition in river delta environments, calculating the hydrodynamic, sediment transport and morphological responses to a range of boundary conditions. Studying depositional behaviour through process-based models has two important advantages. Firstly it allows the investigation of individual variables independently from each other. Secondly the output data has a high spatial and temporal resolution. To illustrate the application of these synthetic delta deposits, we present a set of tools to quantify the variability within one such a model ensemble.

In addition to the ongoing research into deltaic deposition, TUDelft, Deltares and Statoil are collaborating to develop a new software tool allowing users to build, access and analyse a large database of synthetic delta analogues.

The hydrocarbon potential of the Taranaki Basin, New Zealand
by TU Delft IBA team: Duaa Alshiroofi, Thore Boerboom, Lisanne Douma, Axel Sandén, Fu Kai Yap

This year, a team of five MSc/PhD students of Delft University of Technology won the AAPG Imperial Barrel Award for the European Region in Prague. During a period of eight weeks, the team members analysed a dataset (e.g. geology, geophysics, petrophysics, production infrastructure) of New Zealand’s Taranaki Basin. On June 17 the team will present their findings to a panel of industry experts during the world finals in Calgary.

New Zealand’s Taranaki Basin is a Cretaceous to Tertiary sedimentary basin that evolved during phases of rifting in a continental margin environment, followed by a phase of post-rift passive margin subsidence. This continued up to the present day in a transpressional regime that resulted in uplift and erosion. So far, only the Taranaki peninsula and shallow marine part of the Taranaki Basin have demonstrated to result in commercial hydrocarbon accumulations. This project defines potential petroleum systems in both the shallow and the deep water parts of the Taranaki Basin. The syn-rift to early post-rift phase of basin history contains characteristic petroleum system types, based on terrestrial to marginal- and deeper marine deltaic source- and reservoir rocks. The shallow marine petroleum system types are used to predict the petroleum prospectivity of the deep water Taranaki basin.


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excursion · dinner · drinks

Friday 20 May 2016  08:00 - 22:00

Cretaceous Geology and Wine, Limburg

Organiser: Geert-Jan Vis and Mike Lahaye (TNO)

Cretaceous Geology and Wine, Limburg
20th May
Leader: Geert-Jan Vis and Mike Lahaye (TNO).
• Marine siliciclastics and carbonates
• Mines, quarries, caves and the K-T boundary
• Wine tasting and buffet

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Thursday 16 June 2016  08:00 - Sunday 19 June 2016  

Excursion: Baie du Mont St Michel, Brittany and Normandy; France

Guide: Bernadette Tessier (Caen University)

Baie du Mont St Michel, Brittany and Normandy
16th – 19th June
Leader: Bernadette Tessier (Caen Univ.).
•Focus on sequence stratigraphy and modern sedimentology.
•World class location for tide and storm-dominated depositional systems.
•Geo and gastro trip.

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Sunday 25 September 2016  08:00 - Saturday 1 October 2016  

Petroleum Geology of rifted continental margins High Atlas, Morocco

Guide: Giovanni Bertotti (TU Delft)

Petroleum Geology of rifted continental margins High Atlas, Morocco
25th September – 1st October
Leader: Giovanni Bertotti (TU Delft).
•Sedimentology, stratigraphy, structural and petroleum geology
•Carboniferous, Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous. Siliciclastics and carbonates

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