December 03, 2011




The principal of GDGC, Dr. Graham Davies, teaches various technical courses for petroleum engineers and geologists. Most courses are conducted through the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG) or the Petroleum Society of Canada.
They include:

1: Geology for Engineers: presented in conjunction with Dr. Michael D. Wilson of Denver, Colorado.

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This course has been presented twice a year since 1980, on contract to the Petroleum Society of Canada (formerly, CIM). It is a five-day course incorporating a half-day core seminar and a three-quarter day field trip to the Rocky Mountains. The same course or a modified version has been presented to individual exploration companies in western Canada, and in the Phillipines.

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2: Hydrothermal Dolomite Reservoir Facies: global and western Canadian perspectives

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This one or two day course (with or without a core seminar) has been presented by Graham Davies since 1996 through the CSPG and more recently to the Eastern Section of the AAPG. Variations of the course have been presented in-house to various exploration companies since 1993. Updated versions emphasize the role of fault-influenced fluid movement, the significance of strike-slip faults, and the association with leached limestone reservoirs. Hydrothermal dolomite reservoirs (and leached limestones) are major exploration targets and producers in western Canada, in eastern Canada, the northeastern and southern USA, and the Middle East [Note: this course is now superceded by the Hydrothermal Dolomite Reservoir Facies Report and associated course.]

3: Triassic of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin (Discontinued)

Graham Davies has been the principal contributor to several versions of this course, presented through the CSPG, initially with Dr. Tom Moslow beginning in 1992, and more recently with a group of speakers as part of the CSPG "Advantage" program, first presented in 1996. Aspects of the content of this course presented by Graham have been published as a series of six papers in the Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology, Volume 45, 1997. Graham has also presented the Triassic section of the CSPG "Advantage" course on the "Geology of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin" (1998).

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