Oil & Gas Training
and Competency Development

Location Pau, France
Start24 Sep 2018
End28 Sep 2018
Discipline Geology
Duration5 Days
CostEUR 3,500.00
Delivery Mechanism Field Trip

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Introduction to Geology Including Pyrenees Field Trip

The primary objective of this course is to introduce E&P professionals from disciplines other than Geology to the key concepts and principles of Geology as applied to the Oil & Gas industry. 

The course will provide a summary of the fundamentals of Geology that need to be understood in order to integrate such information in the processes of petroleum exploration, development, and production. 

This couse is a derivative of the 4-day Introduction to Geology course that includes a 1-day fieldtrip into the Pyrenees. 

  • Agenda
  • Topics
  • Instructors
  • Audience
  • Location
  • Agenda

    Day 1


    Course Objectives - History and Economics of Petroleum - Prudhoe Bay Example

    Geology in General

    Geological Principles - Earth Structure and Plate Tectonics - Geological Time and Age Dating - Major Rock Types

    Structural Features

    Structural Style and Stress Fields - Folds, Faults, Unconformities, and Fractures - Structural and Hydrocarbon Traps

    Clastic Depositional Systems

    Continental Systems – Fluvial Systems - Deltaic Systems and Types - Marine Systems – barriers and deepwater fans

    Day 2

    Carbonate Depositional Systems

    Carbonate and Clastic systems contrasts - Carbonate Facies Models - Carbonate Platforms and Ramp Systems - Carbonate Reservoir Properties - Classification of Carbonate Rocks

    Geologic Mapping and Cross-Sections

    Mapping and Contouring Concepts - Contouring Types and Guidelines - Isopach / Net Pay Mapping Exercises - Structural and Stratigraphic Cross-Sections - Constructing a Cross-Section - Property Mapping Exercises - North Frisco City Field Example

    Day 3

    The Petroleum System

    What is a Petroleum System? - Processes of Hydrocarbon Generation - Source Rocks – Organic Matter Types - Traps and Seals – definition and types - The Play Concept - Petroleum System Processes and Events

    Correlation and Stratigraphy

    Principles of correlation - Use of Wireline Logs for Correlation - Correlation Approaches – Lithostratigraphy and Chronostratigraphy - Sequence Stratigraphy, Seismic Stratigraphy & Biostratigraphy

    Pore Systems and Diagenesis

    Characterizing the Pore System - Porosity and Permeability - Classification of Clastic Rocks - Creation, destruction and preservation of porosity - Diagenesis - Clay Types and Distributions - Porosity types in clastic and carbonate rocks

    Day 4

    Field Trip on the Trans-Pyrenean geological road

    This is the first international geological road crossing the French & Spanish Pyrenees. It has been jointly developed by a French Organization called “Geoval” and two Spanish Organizations called “Geoambiente”and “GeoTransfert”. This road is a wonderful way to discover the geological heritage of both the Aspe Valley and Upper Aragon. This 200 Kms road records the fabulous story of the formation of the Pyrenees through 400 millions years, which have determined the actual aspect of the Pyrenees and the way of life of its local people.

    The itinerary consists of 25 main spots/sites along the road, easily accessible, with incredible views and boards in both French and Spanish which offer a very good and original illustration of the different views and rocks.

    This 200kms trip illustrates, step by step, the formation of the Pyrenees: from the sediment settling in seas that have now disappeared, to the erosion of the valleys by the floods, going through the deformation of rocks and the action of the glaciers.

    For this course, this itinerary starts in Belair with a Panoramic view on the Pyrenees, and goes through Oloron Sainte Marie, Mail Arrouy, Defile d’Escot, Fontaines d’Escot, Bedous, Accous to end in Cette-Eygun. Throughout this itinerary, you will be able to discover main rocks of the road as well as the geological history of the Western Pyrenees.

    Day 5

    Geological Modeling

    Building a Static Reservoir Model - Input Datatypes - Reservoir Heterogeneity and Scales of Investigation - Deterministic and Stochastic Modeling - Using Seismic Data in Modeling - Derivation of Geological Models using Flow Units

    Seismic Methods and Petroleum Geology

    Use of Seismic Tools in Petroleum Geology - Basic Principles of the Reflection Seismic Method - Data Acquisition – Land, Marine, and Borehole - Data Processing - Seismic Interpretation – 2D, 3D, and 4D

    Basics of Wireline Logging and Interpretation

    What Logging Means - Different Measurements We Make - Basic Wireline Tools, and what they measure - Processing and Interpretation - Analysis of Porosity, Saturation, and Lithology

  • Topics

    Basic understanding of the Oil & Gas industry and the processes involved in Petroleum Exploration, Development, and Production.

    Ability to do a moderate amount of walking and low-incline climbing for the field trip day.

  • Instructors


    Anthony Kirkham was awarded his PhD by Bristol University before gaining his 39 years of experience in the petroleum industry where he initially spent 20 years as a sedimentologist, explorationist and development geologist with British Petroleum mainly engaged on international projects. He was then recruited as Geology Specialist by Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Operations (ADCO) before becoming a Managing Director of Reservoir Characterization, Research & Consulting and concurrently as a Director with HOT Engineering. He later became a Consulting Manager for Petrel before his transfer to Schlumberger as a Principal Geologist for 8 years.

    He is currently Director of Sedimentology and Reservoir Development Ltd. and an associate trainer with NExT.

  • Audience

    Entry level to mid-level Engineers, Geoscientists, and other E&P staff who need an understanding of the role Geology plays in their everyday business activities.

  • Prerequisites

  • Location


    The historic town of Pau has a mild climate, numerous parks and gardens, and stunning views of the Pyrenees Mountains.

    Pau Château

    The town and surrounding region are renowned for excellent food and superb local delicacies and offer a wide range of sporting events and activities to keep you entertained on evening and weekends. Pau is home to several top national sports teams (basketball, rugby, handball), the oldest golf course in continental Europe and superb new spa facilities, and is just a stone’s throw from ski slopes, mountain trails and sandy beaches.

    The NExT Training Centre Pau is easily accessible via regular international flights to Pau Pyrenees Airport and TGV rail links from Paris. NExT can help you with organizing your local transport and accommodation.

    • Timezone : GMT+01:00, Europe (Paris)
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