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Play Assessment and Prospect Evaluation (GEO56)

  • 30 Mar-3 Apr 20205 daysVienna, AustriaCourse Fee: 3450 EUR + VAT


This course consists of 3 days of Play Assessment and Prospect Evaluation followed by a 2 days practical module on evaluation of fractured reservoir.

The first 3 days cover the major aspects and essential elements to generate and evaluate play and prospect for hydrocarbon exploration.
This course offers a qualitative and quantitative play/prospect assessment procedure easy to apply and reply in any industrial context. It is mostly focused on the evaluation of geologic uncertainties and risks, and practical procedure to quantify opportunities in the exploration phase.

In this course the participants will act as an exploration company following a ready-made workflow based on a real case and will learn the procedures used in oil companies. Lessons will focus on risks, limits, typical problems and uncertainties of the play assessment, especially in quantifying geological risks. Economic analysis and assessment, aggregation and presentation of data and best practice will help participants to provide insights for managers.

The 2nd part of the course (2 days) focuses on geologic concepts, methodology, and technology used to characterize, evaluate, and manage naturally-fractured reservoirs. Applications and limitations of geologic procedures and tools are discussed. Field examples and case studies demonstrate the importance of integrated geologic studies in developing effective, economical reservoir management strategies for different types of reservoirs.

Course Duration: 3-5 days

Course Level: Foundation / Skill
Instructor: Gabriele Lena

Designed for you, if you are...

  • A member of the exploration team: geologist, petroleum engineer or geoscientist, or an analyst or manager, working on exploration data and keen to learn a methodology for exploration project assessments

How we build your confidence

  • A practical course with didactical procedures and workshops
  • Provision of an operational workflow from play to prospect to basic economics that is applicable worldwide
  • A real case workshop evaluated in a team setting
  • Simulation of economic strategy

The benefits from attending

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

  • The evaluation of assessment techniques in the industrial application scheme
  • How to quantify geological risk and uncertainties on a play
  • The definition, assessment and risk evaluation of a prospect
  • A basic economic analysis for management strategy


  • Petroleum systems - geological control factors
  • PS stages, regional parameter
  • Local effects
  • Exploration workflow
  • Play assessment and play fairway maps
  • Prospect generation and evaluation
  • Risk analysis and probability
  • POS and POF
  • Economics
  • Aggregation and presentation of results
  • Decision tree and exploration program

  • Practical geological evaluation of fractured reservoir
  • Classification and control factors
  • Criticity in fractured reservoir evaluation. Matrix porosity vs fracture porosity
  • Evaluation check list and geo-modeling in fractured reservoirs
  • Derisking activities
  • Exercises




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