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Petroleum Geoscience for Non-Geologists (GEO29)


    This introductory course in petroleum geoscience is designed for petroleum industry personnel who have no prior geological training and require a basic understanding of how geoscientists acquire and analyse data to explore and produce hydrocarbons. Typical attendees include engineers, technical support and administrative personnel (human resources, legal, procurement or accountancy).

    The tuition is gauged to the level of the group to ensure full understanding of the complex concepts being discussed. Group activities and hands-on interpretation at a basic level of typical oilfield data allows the participants to be fully engaged and to develop a broad understanding of geological concepts, the complexity of data acquisition and analysis as well as the concepts of uncertainty in geological analysis.

    Course Level: Foundation
    Duration: 5 days
    Instructor: Jonathan Redfern

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • A new hire engineer, technical support staff, administrator, economist or legal staff with limited or no experience of the technical interpretation of geological data

    No geological knowledge is assumed and the course does not have a prerequisite for scientific or numerical standards.

    How we build your confidence

    The course will help you build a solid understanding of the oil industry, the key drivers in the business and global perspectives. You will understand key language used and workflows in the industry.
    Extensive practicals will give you introductory experience of using and interpreting typical oilfield data.

    The benefits from attending

    By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:

    • The context of world oil and a critical assessment of current estimates of remaining world resources
    • Typical workflows and drivers in the oil industry
    • Risk, resource and the reward from exploration and production
    • Health, safety and environmental issues
    • Fundamental concepts of rock types and subsurface fluids
    • How oil is formed and trapped in the subsurface
    • Basic techniques used in exploration, appraisal and production, how wells are drilled
    • How we image the subsurface using seismic data and other techniques
    • The key elements of the petroleum system: reservoirs (including unconventional), seal, source and trap
    • Examples of the types, usage and display of subsurface geological data and its acquisition, and the limits on the reliability of such data
    • The subsurface environment and the implications for the petroleum system
    • How we identify locations to drill
    • How to calculate the amount of oil and gas within prospects or fields


    • History of the oil industry
    • Future resources
    • The elements of the petroleum system
    • Source rocks, maturation and migration
    • Seals
    • Rock types
    • Subsidence and sedimentary basins
    • Tectonics
    • Plate tectonic
    • Geological time
    • Stratigraphy
    • Global oil reserves and the oil business
    • Reservoirs
    • Traps
    • Timing
    • Data acquired from a well
    • Basic introduction to wireline log analysis
    • Basic introduction to seismic acquisition and interpretation
    • The subsurface environment; subsurface temperature; subsurface pressure
    • Petroleum systems
    • Play fairways
    • Leads / prospects
    • Calculating in-place resources




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