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Development Geology (GEO64)


    A profitable development of an oil or gas field starts with a good understanding of the subsurface. As part of a PE team, the development geologist interprets subsurface data and provides geological models that form the basis for development planning.
    During this course, the “Development Life Cycle”, starting with the gathering of geological data, the interpretation thereof, the preparation of geological models and the quantification of subsurface uncertainty, are discussed. The development geologist is equipped with the skills to construct these models. Attention is given to the impact on field operations and on field management during its entire lifecycle.

    Course Level: Skill
    Duration: 5 days
    Instructor: Evert Uitentuis

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • A petroleum engineer or geologist involved with exploration and development of oil and gas reservoirs

    Participants need a basic understanding of reservoir/petroleum geology and preferably some 2 - 4 years’ experience.

    How we build your confidence

    Participants will be guided through the full development process following a discovery i.e. from appraisal to abandonment of the (fictional) Robin Field. Next to the exercise relating to the Robin Field, other dedicated exercises are included throughout the course to ensure participants understand the concepts discussed.

    The benefits from attending

    At the end of the course, participants will be able to apply geological concepts, construct maps and sections and validate computer-generated interpretations.

    In addition, participants will:
    • Be able to calculate subsurface volumes and assess the uncertainties
    • Learn about the contents of a well proposal
    • Be able to plan appraisal wells and assess their economic value
    • Acquire practical experience by working on an actual field study in teams
    • Better understand their own role in the development life cycle


    • Planning, gathering and management of geological data
    • Geological concepts, global tectonics
    • Geophysical methods, production seismic
    • Correlation principles and techniques using logs, Walther’s Law, Sequence stratigraphy
    • Environments of deposition (clastic, carbonates)
    • Mapping of reservoir parameters and structure
    • Structural styles, trapping conditions
    • Reservoir fluids, initial conditions
    • Reservoir Architecture, geological modelling
    • Oil and gas volumetric calculations
    • Subsurface uncertainty and risk analysis
    • Case histories
    • Vertical and horizontal well applications, operational geology

    Customer Feedback

    "Very informative course and related to our job." - Geologist at Oxy

    "Great instructor, great exercises." - Geologist at Oxy

    "The topics discussed were interesting and we learned new information." - Geologist at Oxy



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