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DGMK/KIT Short Course: Applied Clastic Diagenesis


About the Course

Reservoir quality in clastic lithologies is governed by the rock composition and diagenesis, controlling the development of porosity, pore surfaces and pore connectivity. This short course provides an overview of applied clastic diagenesis and its control on reservoir quality in sandstones, relating to exploration, production, and storage of fluids and gases in the subsurface (O&G, geothermal, CCUS, H2 storage). The course is aimed for students, PhD students, and professionals within a geoscience-related discipline who wish to learn about the fundamentals of clastic diagenesis in relation to reservoir quality and contains practical exercises using the microscope.

Aims of the Course

  • Learn about the classically applied tools and workflows in clastic diagenesis
  • Learn the light microscopic recognition of the main detrital and diagenetic components
  • Develop an understanding of realistic diagenetic processes, their relative and absolute timing and their effect on reservoir properties (n-value, Sw, petrophysics, formation damage)
  • Assess reservoir quality differences and their causes
  • Learn to use physical and chemical rules to distinguish diagenesis myths from realistic diagenetic processes in order to build data-based diagenesis models

About the Lecturers

Dr. Marita Felder a is Senior Geoscientist at PanTerra Geoconsultants B.V., where she carries out core based reservoir characterization studies from thin section to asset scale. She works on the petrography of reservoirs in various parts of the world, including Central America, Africa and Europe. Focus of her work are hydrocarbon and geothermal reservoirs in the Netherlands and Germany. Marita is also responsible for quality assurance and training. Aside of her industry work she carries out applied research in cooperation with universities and publishes mainly in diagenesis.

Dr. Benjamin Busch is an Assistant at the Department of Structural Geology at KIT, focusing on reservoir quality and diagenesis including aspects of structural diagenesis and fracture network characterization. He uses petrographic datasets as input for predictive reservoir quality models and has worked on numerous applied joint industry-academia research projects.


Tuesday, October 4th

  • General introduction to sedimentary rock textures and methods
  • Detrital composition
  • General introduction to clastic diagenesis

Wednesday, October 5th

  • Compaction
  • Authigenic components
  • Dissolution and porosity

Thursday, October 6th

  • Building diagenesis models
  • Examples of mineral specific diagenesis models
  • Rock typing and upscaling to the reservoir scale

Course Fee

  • for Individual Members of DGMK
370,00 €
Academia / Non-Profit Organisation
520,00 €
640,00 €
  • for Non-Members
510,00 €
Academia / Non-Profit Organisation
720,00 €
890,00 €

Registration Information

Please use the registration form below for your binding registration and you will receive an invoice for the course fee after registration. If you cancel your registration by August 31, 2022, DGMK will refund any fees already paid minus a processing fee of EUR 30.-. AfterAugust 31, 2022, the full course fee must be invoiced.

Course materials and beverages are included in the course fee for all course days.


Dr. Susanne Kuchling

Leiterin der Abteilung Geo-Energiesysteme und Untertagetechnologien

Ines Musekamp

Koordination des Fachbereiches Geo-Energiesysteme und Untertagetechnologien