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Our Next Luncheon Talk

(11:30 Reception; 11:45 Lunch; 12:15 Talk)


The next talk of the 2019 RMS-SEPM Luncheon Lecture Series will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.

Quantified facies distribution and sequence geometry of the Yates Formation, Slaughter Canyon, New Mexico

Charlie Harman

Whiting Petroleum Corp


11:30 Reception, 11:45 Lunch, 12:15 Talk
at the
Wynkoop Brewing Company
1634 18th St., Denver, CO

The cost is $25.00 for current members and $35.00 for non-members ($10 of which pays for an annual RMS-SEPM membership). Unemployed individuals may sign up for lunch for just $10.00. Persons who do not wish to have lunch are welcome for a $10.00 fee. Walk-ins may purchase a lunch for the standard fees ($25.00 or $35.00) although quantities are limited. Walk-ins without a lunch are charged a $10.00 fee.

Please submit reservations by 10:00 a.m., the Friday before the talk.

After the reservation deadline, you may attend the talk for a $10.00 "walk-in" fee. Reservations may be secured online, by e-mail at
or by calling Robin Swank at 720-272-6697


This study uses a new integrated outcrop data and airborne lidar from Slaughter Canyon, New Mexico, to quantitatively characterize the cycle-scale facies architecture within the G23-G26 high frequency sequences of the Yates Formation. High frequency cycle-scale mapping of these sequences shows sedimentological evidence for accommodation reduction associated with the Permain composite sequence (CS) 13 highstand (G23-G25). Development of the G26 HFS additionally demonstrates the isochronous balance of mixed carbonate-siliciclastic deposition across the Yates-Capitan reef-rimmed shelf during the initial CS-scale transgression following significant exposure and bypass of sand across the shelf. Detailed individual-HFS reconstruction was required to correctly correlate cycles across multiple syndepositional fault zones.

This sequence framework is quantitatively analyzed using progradation to aggradation (P/A) ratios, facies tract dip widths, and facies bedding angles to characterize the spatial evolution of depositional environments as they respond to the interplay of eustacy and syndepositional deformation. Individual facies distributions and cycle stacking patterns largely reflect eustatic change; while syndepositional faulting locally alters facies, cycle, and sequence thicknesses. The accommodation trends recorded in this largely shelf crest to shelf margin window can be additionally projected into the middle shelf producing zones of the prolific Yates-aged reservoirs on the Northwest Shelf and Central Basin Platform. The syndepositional fault zones may also correlate to drilling hazards encountered while pursing deeper unconventional targets in the Delaware Basin.


Speaker Biography:

Charlie Harman grew up in Southport, CT and received his BS in Geology from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York in 2009. He was lucky to do field work in Croatia looking at Cretaceous carbonates and wrote an undergraduate thesis on the Aptian stage outcrops in Southern Croatia. He then moved to Austin, TX to attend UT and pursue a master's at the Jackson School of Geoscience under Dr. Charlie Kerans. He continued to work carbonates in the field and in core with the Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory (RCRL) consortium which led to a thesis (2011) in Slaughter Canyon in the Guadalupe Mts. focusing on the mixed carbonate-clastic facies and sequence geometry of the Yates Formation. He moved to Denver, CO in the fall of 2011 and has worked for Whiting Petroleum in various roles since, currently holding the title of Geology Discipline Manager. Charlie enjoys live music, outdoor adventures, and is ecstatic to be just past 2 months into fatherhood.



Speaker List

Click on the talk title for a PDF version of the abstract.


Jan 29

William Drake

Regional Mapping of Organic Porosity: Pros and Cons of an Exploration Tool, Permian Basin

Feb 26

Marshall Deacon

New insights and discoveries of the Lyons sandstone, DJ Basin, Colorado

Mar 26

Charlie Harman

Quantified Facies Distribution and Sequence Geometry of the Yates Formation, Slaughter Canyon, New Mexico

Apr 23

Mark Longman and Barbara Luneau

Revisiting the Upper Cretaceous Niobrara Petroleum System in the Rocky Mountain Region

Jun 4

Lisa Stright

Template-based Modeling: Bridging the gap between quantitative outcrop studies and subsurface reservoir characterization


No Luncheon - Summer Break

Aug 27

Jason Eleson


Sept 24



Oct 24

Ali Jaffri

Virtual Field Trip to the Persian Gulf

Nov 26

Ellen Wilcox



No Luncheon - Winter Break


In order to keep our Luncheon Program solvent and operating on schedule,
the RMS-SEPM Board has adopted the following guidelines for reservations and seating at the Wynkoop:

  • Reservations for this Luncheon Talk will be closed at 10:00am on Friday, before the talk. (No reservations are needed for walk-ins.)