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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This module focuses on the design, implementation and quality control of geophysical data acquisition in the field. The theory and practical aspects of modern data collection for seismic reflection, seismic refraction, magnetic, resistivity, gravity, electro-magnetic (EM) and passive seismology will be taught so that the students will be equipped to plan and undertake their own geophysical experiments focusing on a variety of geophysical targets. The use of a variety of geophysical equipment in the field will form a significant component of this module.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Jean-Christophe Comte

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Geology And Petroleum Geology (GL) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

1. Fieldwork Safety
2. Factors controlling geophysical survey design
3. Acquisition and processing of gravity and magnetic data
4. Role of EM, resistivity, gravity and magnetic methods in the hydrocarbon industry
5. Familiarity with geophysical field acquisition and associated data processing and interpretation
6. Self potential, fixed and moving source resistivity methods
7. Physical basis of electro-magnetic (EM) technique, EM and magnetotelluric surveying, GPR (ground penetrating radar methods)
8. 2D and 3D seismic reflection acquisition
9. Passive seismology arrays for imaging and monitoring
10. Structure and context of geophysical reports
11. Extended field class; processing and interpretation of data on the fieldwork campaign

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

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Summative Assessments

There are in-course exercises for formative feedback. The summative element consists of two exercises, totalling 60% of the assessment, and an examinations (40%). The exercises are: 1. a workbook recording practical work throughout the whole course (30%), and 2. an assigned exercise (30%). The examination will be by multiple choice and will be computer-marked.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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