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GEOLOGY AND PETROLEUM GEOLOGY

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GL 2512
INTRODUCTION TO GEOLOGY FOR PETROLEUM ENGINEERS
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Professor D Macdonald

Pre-requisite(s): Only available to students who have completed Level 1 of a BEng or MEng programme.

Co-requisite(s): None

1. Introduction to the Earth as a Planet; the constitution and physical conditions of the subsurface

2. An introduction mineral species and to the petrogenesis of three major rock groups; igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary

3. The application of various techniques in the identification of the common rock-forming minerals and of rocks important in the petroleum industry

4. The physical, chemical and mechanical properties of common sedimentary rocks. This section will focus on their reservoir and seal properties.

5. Deformation of rocks; the formation of faults and folds and their signifiicance in the petroleum industry.

12 x 1 hour lectures; 10 x 2 hour practical classes.

1 half-day fieldwork after the Easter break.

1 half-day visit to a local consulting company supporting the oil industry in Aberdeen.

1st Attempt: 1 x 90 minute examination (50%) and in-course assessment (50%).

Candidates must pass both elements of the assessment.

In-course assessment will include class tests in rock and mineral identification.

Resit: 100% examination (2 hours) including practical section.