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GL5044: APPLIED SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY (2021-2022)

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Course Overview

The course aims to develop practical geological skills applicable to the hydrocarbons industry, embracing the subdisciplines of tectonics and structural geology together within clastic and carbonate sedimentology, stratigraphy, and diagenesis; The main basin-forming processes with be introduced to provide context for the sedimentary geology. The basics of structural geology for trap definition and characterisation are developed and applied, deducing structural styles on seismic images and examples of how deformation influences reservoir behavior and trapping mechanisms. The course will show how structural, sedimentological and stratigraphic knowledge is crucial in both exploration and development activities, and is fundamental in making predictive models.  It will impart a practical knowledge of depositional environments which form hydrocarbon reservoirs, linking these together using the techniques of sequence stratigraphy as applied to siliciclastic and carbonate settings. The origin and effects of reservoir fluids and subsequent diagenesis will also be covered. 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Adrian J. Hartley

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?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course will embrace the sub disciplines of clastic and carbonate sedimentology, stratigraphy, diagenesis; it will show how sedimentological and stratigraphic knowledge is crucial in both exploration and development activities, and is fundamental in making predictive models. It will impart a practical knowledge of depositional environments which form hydrocarbon reservoirs, linking these together using the techniques of sequence stratigraphy as applied to siliciclastic and carbonate settings. The origin and effects of reservoir fluids and subsequent diagenesis will also be covered.

The structural geology component will instead looks at Mechanisms of basin formation and their stratigraphic expressions; discuss the Seismic expressions of structural style. It will also introduce the Methods for building and testing structural interpretations in the subsurface with a focus on the Uncertainty;

The Geomechanics module will instead looks at fundamentals of stress and pressure; the concept of Failure, fractures and faults

Rock properties; The practical will focus on the use of geomechanical data sources in the oil & gas industry; Building mechanical earth models; Wellbore stability; Fracture stability


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

Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown

  • 8 Lectures during University weeks 13 - 14, 16 - 18

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Geomechanics

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Brent palaeo-delta interpretation

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Formative Assessment

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Course Learning Outcomes

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ConceptualApplyDiscuss the application of the sedimentology and structural geology concepts to the exploration and production of hydrocarbons

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