Geology and Geophysics for Other Disciplines (2 days)

Duration: 2 days

Audience: The course is suitable for new entries to the petroleum industry in a variety of professions, junior geoscientists, engineers, business professionals, investment advisers, analysts, regulators, government employees, accountants, lawyers, community leaders and the general public.

Course Description: The course is presented in simple language with many explanatory graphics as well as animations and videos. You will learn the fundamental concepts of geology and geophysics and how they are applied to finding and developing oil and gas fields. You will also learn the essential aspects of unconventional 'shale' oil and gas exploration and development that has revolutionized the North American petroleum industry and is spreading to other parts of the world.

Topics Covered:

  • Fundamentals of Earth Science
    • Big bang, dark energy, dark matter
    • Formation of the earth and planets
    • Composition and structure of the earth
    • Rocks and minerals
    • Plate tectonics
  • Petroleum Geology
    • Elements of a petroleum system
    • Fossils and the geologic time scale
    • Weathering and erosion
    • Types of sedimentary basins
    • Depositional environments
    • Clastic and carbonate systems
    • Structural environments
    • Types of sedimentary basins
    • Understanding geologic maps and cross sections
    • Atlantic Canada geology
  • Petroleum Geophysics
    • Fundamental ideas
    • Gravity, magnetic and electromagnetic methods
    • Reflection seismic
    • Refraction seismic
    • Geo-hazards
    • Onshore seismic acquisition
    • Offshore seismic acquisition
    • New technological trends
    • Seismic processing
  • Seismic interpretation
    • Integration of geological, geophysical and engineering data
    • Synthetic seismograms
    • Vertical seismic profiles
    • Structural interpretation
    • Seismic stratigraphy
    • Creating geological cross sections and maps
    • Direct hydrocarbon indicators
    • Seismic attribute analysis (e.g. AVO)
    • Calculating reserves and resources
  • Petroleum Systems Analysis
    • Reservoirs
    • Source rock
    • Migration
    • Hydrocarbon traps
    • Reservoir drive mechanisms and recovery factors
    • Where are the world's best basins and why are they the best?
    • Estimating geologic risk
    • Factors favouring hydrocarbon abundance in a basin
  • Unconventional resources
    • Types of unconventional resources
    • Fracking
    • Horizontal drilling
    • Microseismic
    • Environmental challenges
    • Economic challenges
    • Geological factors affecting success and failure

Instructor: Phonse Fagan, M.Sc.


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