Keynote Address

Location: Theatre 1 - Capitol Theatres

Time: Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 - 2:30pm

Planar Stratification – the thread that binds the shallow- and deep-marine sedimentary records and unconventional petroleum reservoirs. How, why, and does it matter?

Dr. Bill Arnott


Increasingly it is being recognized that the transport of silt and coarser sediment in the shallow and deep sea is by sediment-gravity flows. The ubiquity of planar stratification attests not only to the existence of these currents, but also illuminates details about their internal structure, provides insight into their long-distance mobility, and ultimately the character of their depositional record – a record that over the past decade has completely revolutionized the petroleum industry.


Bill Arnott is a professor of siliciclastic sedimentology at the University of Ottawa. He completed his B.Sc. at McMaster University, M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of Alberta, and Pre- and Postdoctoral research at Syracuse University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research over the past several years has focused on the use of physical first principles to unravel the marvels of the sedimentary record from the continental to the deep sea.


Dr. Bill Arnott