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GL5511: PRODUCTION GEOLOGY (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This course aims to deliver key skills and understanding in production geology, in the hydrocarbon industry;

• An appreciation of the role of the geologist during the development and production stages of a hydrocarbon field.

• Knowledge of the types of geological heterogeneity that might impact hydrocarbon production.

• The approaches employed in building qualitative and quantitative geological models of the subsurface, and the difficulties associated with doing this reliably.

• The basis from which to convey the expectations of the reservoir engineer, and procedures that will lead to improved reservoir performance evaluation.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Adrian Hartley

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

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

The course will cover: Reservoir geometry and heterogeneity from depositional and structural causes The role of the geologist in development planning and driving production, and the interface with reservoir engineering The concept of model cells and the role of upscaling Building a reservoir model.

Further Information & Notes

Acceptance on MSc Integrated Petroleum Geoscience required

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

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

There will be two major formative assessments with instant feedback: a well-planning exercise, and a group exercise on a field development plan. The summative assessments are:

Bruce field development exercise (BP) 10% and Alba well planning exercise (Chevron) 10%

3 hour written examination 80%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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