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GL5534: FUNDAMENTALS OF PETROLEUM GEOSCIENCE (2020-2021)

Last modified: 07 Jul 2020 15:00


Course Overview

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.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Colin North

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

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.


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 25 - 28

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In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Prospect Map completed under time pressure in class

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Workbook of lab exercises accross the whole course

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Exam - Multiple Choice Questions

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Formative Assessment

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