Geology and Geophysics Applied to Industry:
An Introduction to the Hunt For Oil for Geoscientists not within Industry
- Basic - 6 hours
- Basic - 4 hours
- Intermediate - 5 hours
- Seismic Data - 5 hours
- Prospecting - 4 hours
- Structure - 5 hours
- Stratigraphy - 5 hours
- Plays, Wells, Prospects - 5 hours
- 1 Day
- 2 Day
Supplies needed for most exercises:
- Pen or pencil (for taking notes)
- Colored pencils: red, yellow, blue, green and #2 (graphite)
Most of the material in this short course is courtesy of ExxonMobil and the original material was compiled by Fred W. Schroeder.
All units contain slides and lectures with lecture notes. Those including exercises are designated with the word “Exercise”.
- Unit 0: Introduction
- Unit 1: The Focus of Industry Exercise
- Unit 2: Basics of Prospecting Exercise
- Unit 3: Types of Data Exercise
- Unit 4: Well Log Data Exercise
- Unit 5: The Seismic Method Exercise
- Unit 6: Seismic Reflections Exercise
- Unit 7: Well-Seismic Ties Exercise
- Unit 8: Seismic Resolution Exercise
- Unit 9: Overview of Seismic Interpretation
- Unit 10: Structural Analysis Exercise
- Unit 11: Stratigraphic Analysis Exercise
- Unit 11b: Seismic Facies Analysis Exercise
- Unit 12: Data Analysis Exercise
- Unit 13: Seismic Attributes Exercise
- Unit 14: Prospect Analysis Exercise
- Unit 15: Next Steps-Going Beyond Exploration
- Unit 16: The Prospect Game-Which Prospects to Drill? Exercise
- Unit 17: Carbonate Lease Sale Exercise
Materials provide herein was designed for an AAPG-VGP short course. The intended audience is upper class undergraduate students, Masters candidates and PhD candidates in any branch of geoscience. Much of the material is basic and is intended for students who do not have much prior knowledge of Petroleum Geology and/or Exploration Seismology.
Portions of this short course have been presented on 35+ U.S. campuses with a wide spectrum of students (Freshman to Post Docs). Feedback from students and faculty has been very positive.
There are 17 units that can be used to build an agenda "cafeteria-style" based on the needs of the department and the instructor's experience. Most units consist of a lecture (20 to 40 minutes) and one or more hands-on, paper-based exercises. Lectures have "notes" pages with speaking points and exercises have a "READ ME" file with recommendations on running each exercise. Several agendas are provided to the right.
Short courses to date have varied between 4 hours and 16 hours (over 2 days). The most common agendas have been (a) 5 to 6 hours on weekdays starting between 3:00 and 5:00 PM, and (b) 5 to 8 hours on Saturdays starting between 8:00 AM and noon.
Professors or volunteers teaching students are encouraged to use these materials with the following understanding. Materials presented here (lectures and exercises) can be modified by the presenter subject to the following constraints:
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