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    Development Geology

    A profitable development of an oil or gas field starts with a good understanding of the subsurface. As part of a PE team the development geologist interprets subsurface data and provides geological models that form the basis for development planning.

    During this course the “development life cycle” starting with the gathering of geological data, the interpretation thereof, the preparation of geological models and the quantification of subsurface uncertainty are discussed. The development geologist is equipped with the skills to construct these models. Attention is given to the impact on field operations and on field management during its entire lifecycle.

    In addition to the ones quoted in the course schedule (relating to the Robin Field) dedicated exercises are included throughout the course to ensure participants understand the concepts discussed.

    Options: this course can be tailored to pure clastic or pure carbonate reservoirs on Client’s request.

    Day 1
    • Introduction & Course Overview, The energy business, development projects, subsurface data
    • Scope of the energy/oil & gas business
    • Oil and gas development projects
    • Film – Partners for Progress
    • Robin Field Team Exercise 1, project activities planning
    • Petroleum Geology Introduction, exercise correlation
    Day 2

    Subsurface Models, Input Data and Concepts

    • Seismic data gathering, processing and interpretation
    • Exercises: Robin Field Exercise 2 – Field Appraisal planning
    • Structural types, traps, fault seals, maps and sections
    • Robin Field Exercise 3, Correlation
    • Clastic sedimentary environments
    • Robin Field Exercise 4, Seismic well data structural map, cross section
    Day 3

    Measurements and Evaluation of Subsurface Data

    • Basic well technology, horizontal wells, well data
    • Log and core data, uncertainties and mapping
    • Robin Field Exercise 5, net sand mapping
    • Carbonate reservoirs
    • Subsurface pressures, with exercise
    • Pressure exercise, Robin Field Exercise 6, Contacts
    Day 4

    Subsurface Development Options

    • Volumetrics, subsurface uncertainties
    • Robin Field Exercise 7 Volumetrics
    • Subsurface development planning
    • Robin Field Exercise 8, static and dynamic models
    • Field Operations, Well Deisgn, Geological Input
    Day 5

    Field Operations and Development

    • Field Operations, Well Design, Geological input
    • Field studies, examples
    • Film – Offshore Development – Troll Field (optional)
    • Robin Field Exercise 9 Surface Development Options, Project Planning, Phased Costs
    • Impact of Subsurface Uncertainty on Project Economics
    • Basic project economics and financial performance indicators
    • Exercises The Robin Field Project 10 EconomicsDetermine project economics and sensitivities using an Excel economics spreadsheet

    Engineers, Geologists, Geophysicists and all those involved in reservoir appraisal and development projects

    At the end of the course participants will be able to apply geological concepts, construct maps and sections and validate computer-generated interpretations.

    They will be able to calculate subsurface volumes and assess their uncertainties.

    They will learn how to prepare a well proposal.

    They will be able to plan appraisal wells and assess their economic value.

    They will acquire practical experience by working on an actual field study in teams.

    Better understand their own role in the development life-cycle




    Participants need a basic understanding of Reservoir/Petroleum Geology and preferably some 2 – 4 years experience.

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