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Play-Based Exploration/Player© Workshop

This course will combine the most important aspects of two other course offerings – Rose & Associates, LLP’s PBE ‘Concepts’ course (Three Days) and the Player© Workshop (Two Days), a GIS-pax course, which provides hands-on training in the Player© software.

The Player© software is compatible with both Rose &Associates, LLP prospect software as well as other popular software tools used by Industry so that use of any specific prospect risk analysis software is not necessary. Key terminology differences between the major software products are explained, together with a glossary and ‘Rosetta stone’ comparison. The course teaches a fully quantitative approach, making maps that show Play Chance and Prospect Success Ratio (PSR). The chance scheme used can be customized to the needs of client. While it is preferable that attendees be at least familiar with the ‘look and feel’ of an ARC project, enough basic ARC techniques will be taught to make attendees functional in all aspects of Player©. Emphasis of the course will be upon automated tools built into Player©, with addition of basic ARC editing skills.

Course Description (PDF)

Who Should Attend: geoscientists, engineers, planners and land (negotiating) personnel


Each topic referenced below generally follows a hands-on exercise, touching upon all aspects of PBE and using Player© functions to manage the process. As with the PBE Concepts course, what makes this course unique is that participants form multi-disciplinary teams to analyze a dataset (maps, cross sections, wildcat drilling results, field volumes) for a mature basin based upon state of knowledge from circa 1980. The dataset has been pre-loaded into Player©, but participants will gain hands-on experience importing map data, making adjustments to their segment boundaries, and conducting key well analysis.

The data is used to make Common Risk Segment maps for play- and prospect-specific chance, predicted ultimate trap density, and predicted future field size characteristics. Each team will make a prediction for the undiscovered potential in each play segment. At the completion of the exercises, a ’solution set’ of actual results (1980-present) is provided so that participants can learn powerful lessons about what they did well and areas for improvement.

This is not a basic level course. Attendees should generally have at least a few years prospecting experience and some exposure to basic statistical patterns common in our industry. By the end of the course, the attendees will be able to:

  1. Define a project (a basin scale structure for one or more play analyses)
  2. Define the stratigraphic hierarchy for data analysis
  3. Understand the basics of importing/exporting datasets including importing and geo-rectifying maps
  4. Define an overall play outline, and how to subdivide the play into segments
  5. Utilize the powerful key well analysis functionality built into Player©
  6. Establish parameter values for Play Chance/PSR, consolidate into Overall Play Chance/PSR/Total Chance maps
  7. Adjust segment boundaries and then recombine and recalculate maps
  8. Analyze field size distributions,
  9. Estimate for undrilled prospect counts
  10. Calculate undiscovered volumes associated with play segments.

Course Outline

Day 1: Introduction, objectives, and global trends
Basin analysis and global basin classification
Overview of Player© and basics of ARC editing functionality
Day 2: How to build a project
Defining play boundaries
Segmenting plays
Common Risk Segment mapping – different mapping methods
Day 3: Treatment of chance – plays vs. prospects
Data issues and key well analysis
Calculating undiscovered potential (conventional plays)
Using Field size distributions
Day 4: Risk Analysis for plays
YTF Exercise for Brent Play
Unconventional gas PBE and YTF (Optional)