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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

The subsurface course module will cover the input, storage, management, mapping and image process of seismic dataset. The module will be taught through laboratory practicals supported by short introductory lectures to the seismic acquisition, processing and interpretation and that will cover general theories, methodologies and applications. The laboratory exercises will be based on using and implementing Petrel and Midland Valley’s Move software to solve a range of issues and to highlight their use for seismic interpretation and test.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr David Iacopini

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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

  • Any Undergraduate 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?

  • GL4521 Basin Analysis & Geophysics (Studied)
  • GL4525 Interpreting the Subsurface (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Basics of reflection seismology. Signal theory and propagation of waves. Reflection seismic acquisition. Seismic processing fundamentals and digital filtering. Seismic interpretation for structures. Reservoir aspects of seismic interpretation. Amplitude analysis. Loading GIS datasets. Collecting digital geological data. Analysis of uncertainties in data collection and interpretation. 3D datasets, using visualisation to understand 3D geometries, and using of restoration software tools to assess the validity of models.

Further Information & Notes

The course is timetabled for a lecture session on thursday followed by practical sessions on Monday and Friday mornings. Note we will not use all of the allocated time slots, so check the timetable and notices carefully. The Computer labs will be available for use at the timetabled times for you to complete the course work and practical exercises set. You will need to complete any remaining work in your own time. The software is available in all computing labs. The exercises include datasets and applications that cover geological topics and datasets. Each exercise will include a set of deliverables (e.g. ppts, files, brief reports, posters).  The course will be entirely assessed through your individual portfolio of exercises and group work.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Examination 50%: In-course assessment 50% Resit: Not applicable

Formative Assessment

The students will mark each others' poster- based on a pro-forma, providing the students with peer-review of their own work. The teaching staff will complete the same forms and provide further feedback verbally to the groups. During the individual project work there will be drop-in sessions for students to get feedback on their work.


During the individual project work there will be drop-in sessions for students to get feedback on their work.

Course Learning Outcomes


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