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Classically, basin modeling is done with the intention of modeling oil and gas generation and migration for a specific existing basin of interest.

Pore pressure prediction is important for both real-time drilling to optimize field safety conditions, and for paleo-modeling to provide a framework for development of the basin and petroleum syste

Three-dimensional (3D) basin modeling is often over-simplified in tectonically and structurally complex sedimentary basins, neglecting structures that are potentially critical to understanding hydr


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The Basin and Petroleum System Modeling Group (BPSM) is an industrial affiliates program and recognized center of excellence for training and research in the geohistories of sedimentary basins and petroleum systems. It was started in 2008 to meet the growing demand by industry, the service sector, and academia for graduates with quantitative modeling expertise. BPSM is supported through the Department of Geological Science and the Department of Energy Resources Engineering in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences at Stanford University. Our graduating geoscientists are exposed to the latest geochemical, visualization, and quantitative numerical modeling technologies based in a rich and comprehensive curriculum. 


Registration is now open for the 8th annual Stanford BPSM Industrial Affiliates Fall Conference.

BPSM Principal Scientists Ken Peters and Bjorn Wygrala will teach a pre-conference course in “Geochemistry and Modeling of Unconventional Petroleum Systems” at the AAPG ICE in Melbo
Hart Energy

The discovery and exploitation of oil and gas in unconventional reservoirs has been called a revolution for the energy industry.

A highlight of the Winter Quarter (January-March, 2014) was the inaugural teaching of Quantitative Methods in Basin and Petroleum System Modeling as a full-fledged course; a pilot course of 6 lectu