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The course covers aspects of geology, geophysics and prospect evaluation to illustrate how geologists deal with uncertainty and risk during the exploration process. It will look at the place of the geoscientist during the productive life of an oilfield. Another key aspect of this course will be the issue of communication between geoscientists and engineers. By the end of this course students should understand how geologists explore for oil and gas, and the main tools at their disposal; the role of the geophysicist; how to make prospect maps; petroleum volumetrics; subsurface fluid flow; and the creation of static reservoir models.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
1. Basic geology and geological nomenclature
2. The petroleum system: geological controls on formation and accumulation of hydrocarbons
3. Fundamentals of geophysical acquisition and data processing
4. Defining plays, fairways and prospects
5. Prospect mapping
6. Dealing with uncertainty and risk
7. Production geology and subsurface fluid flow
8. Formation evaluation and interpretation
9. Geological input into completions (particularly in late field life)
10. Data archiving and management.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
There are some in-course exercises for formative feedback. The summative element consists of two exercises totalling 60% of the assessment, and an examination (40%) The exercises are: 1. a workbook of lab exercises accross the whole course (40%), and 2. a prospect map completed under time pressure in class (20%). The examination will be by multiple choice and will be computer marked.
There are no assessments for this course.