Discipline Geology
LevelFoundation
Duration3 Days
Delivery Mechanism Virtual Classroom
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Structural Geology for Petroleum Applications

This course is delivered in 3 hour segments over 3 days. The course is delivered by virtual means using Skype for Business.

This Virtual Classroom has been designed to familiarize class participants with the fundamentals of Structural Geology, as used and required in and for the Oil & Gas Industry.
Structural Geology is defined as “The discipline within the science of Geology that relates to rock unit geometry and the deformational histories that produced those geometries.”
This class is presented in 3 sessions, each of which will be approximately 3 hours

Each student will need the following to attend.

  1. Computer
  2. USB Headset
  3. Video Capabilities (720HD)
  4. Internet Access
  5. MS Office
  • Agenda
  • Audience
  • Agenda

    Day 1

    Session One (3 hours) - Structural Concepts and Fundamentals

    Forces - Stress and strain

    Tectonics - Extensional, Compressional, Strike-Slip

    Scale - Regional to Microscopic

    Students will gain an understanding of the forces involved in the creation of structure, and of the relationship between those forces and the subsequent structure type. This will be discussed at all scales, from scall-scale to regional. The tectonic origin of the forces will be discussed in relation to the large-scale structures that result. At the end of the session, students will have a clear understanding of how and why structures happen.

    Day 2

    Session Two (3 hours) - Expression of Structure

    Ductile Deformation - Folding

    Brittle Deformation - Faulting

    Brittle Deformation - Fracturing

    This session is devoted to understanding the types of structures that can be formed, how they are formed, and how to recognise and describe the structure. The three basic categories - folding, faulting, and fracturing - will be covered, with respect to their relevance to the petroleum industry and their ability to create petroleum traps. At the end of the session, students will understand how to recognise and classify structure.

    Day 3

    Session 3 (3 hours) - Interpretation of Structure

    Seismic Interpretation of Structure

    Structural Interpretation of Borehole Images

    Surface Representation of Structure

    This session is devoted to the interpretation of structure from the data meansurements and types currently employed in the petroleum industry. This is divided into Geophysical, Borehole (Petrophysical) and Mapping sections. At the end of this session, students should be able to perform functional interpretations from these types of data.

  • Audience

    Geoscientists in the Oil & Gas Industry who need a fundamental understanding of the contributions and effects of structure.

  • Prerequisites

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