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Introduction to Geology

Geology is a core science that underpins much of what we do in the Oil & Gas business. A good understanding of the principles of Geology as they apply to Petroleum is essential for any subsurface discipline.

The primary objective of this course is to introduce E&P professionals 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.

The course is classroom-based, containing a mix of theory, application, exercises and videos.

Day 1

Introduction

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

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

Day 4

Unconventional Resources

Shale as a hydrocarbon source and reservoir - Unconventional Gas and Oil - History, definitions, economics.

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

Wellbore Data - Wireline and Core

What Logging Means - Different Measurements We Make - Basic Wireline Tools, and what they measure - Processing and Interpretation - Analysis of Porosity, Saturation, and Lithology - Coring a well, Conventional and Sidewall - Core Analysis - Log-Core Correlation and Calibration.

Learning activity mix

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.

  • General Geology
  • Structural Geology
  • Clastic and Carbonate Depositional Systems
  • Geologic mapping and Cross-Sections
  • The Petroleum System
  • Correlation and Stratigraphy
  • Pore Systems and Diagenesis
  • Geological Modeling
  • Unconventional Resources
  • Seismic Methids
  • Wellbore Data - Wireline and Core

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

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