Sedimentary Analogs Database Research Program

The Sedimentary Analogs Database and Research Consortium (SAnD) carries out geologic studies of the processes, tectonics, and quantitative morphology of basins around the world. SAnD research emphasizes the use of mega-merged 3D seismic data sets for quantitative seismic geomorphologic study of the basin fill, evaluation of source-to-sink relationships between the shelf, slope and deep basin and analyses of the influence of tectonics and fluids (such as gas hydrates) on the evolution of these complex continental margin settings. The program is currently in its 18th year and is funded by a consortium of hydrocarbon companies and supported by numerous software vendors and foreign energy ministries. The SAnD is widely considered the world’s premier research group in the application of seismic geomorphology to reservoir characterizations.

SAnD 2019 Annual Meeting

San Diego, California
May 13-18, 2019

The SAnD consortium will hold its 2019 Spring Meeting May 13 and Field Course to follow May 14 – May 18, 2018 in San Diego California and along the beautiful deepwater exposures of the California coast. Dr. Zane Jobe will collaborate with us to lead a field trip to see these world-class deepwater exposures. We will visit Point Loma, as well as Blacks Beach and other localities. We will send out an all invite and details soon.

AAPG is being held in San Antonio Texas, May 19-22, 2018 and we hope some of you can join us for this AAPG ACE meeting. We hope to have final plans for this meeting to members early in 2019. Cost for the meeting and follow-on field trip will be only transportation, hotel and meals. Come and join us!

SAnD 2018 Annual Meeting

Salt Lake City, Utah
May 24-25, 2018

SAnD 2017 Annual Meeting

San Bernillio, New Mexico
October 6-8, 2017

El Vado in core, Verde Field, San Juan Co., NM

El Vado in core, Verde Field, San Juan Co., NM

The SAnD consortium will hold its annual Fall Fluvial-Deltaic-Shallow Marine meeting October 6 in Bernillio, New Mexico at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort with a core workshop in tight sand reservoirs. We will devote Friday to discussions of rift basin research, low net gross shelf sand reservoirs, reservoir modeling methodologies in transgressive, tidally-influenced reservoirs, parallic to slope seismic geomorphology of the NW Australian shelf, lacustrine mass failures, fluvial channel morphology, clinoforming fill in the Berbice Canyon of offshore Guyana and other topics.

Attendees and other company members are invited to attend a follow-on, two-day core and field workshop at the same location on October 7 and 8. We will spend the mornings looking at core from the San Juan Basin, the largest conventional gas basin in North America, then take the afternoon to visit the outcrops west of Bernillio, where Tiffany Hedayati, Khushboo Arora, Matt Huels and Alex Cheney have all worked. We will be examining in outcrop the lateral relationships in the low net:gross fractured tight sand reservoirs of the Tocito and El Vado Sandstones, the primary producing units of this massive gas basin. We will talk about controls on sand quality distribution, fracturability and how to recognize good versus bad rock. You will be able to fly out of Albuquerque, New Mexico early Sunday evening, or stay over if you want! Cost for the meeting and workshop will be only transportation, hotel and meals. Come and join us! We will send out an all invite and details soon.