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Introduction to Petroleum Geology
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Introduction to Petroleum Geology

2-Day Training Course: A Technical Introduction to Geology for Non-Geologists. Acquire an understanding of the geological principles employed to find, develop & produce oil & gas reservoirs. Learn about the data required to build a model of the subsurface, & the different methods used to display information & analyse risk.

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Key Learning Objectives

  • Understand the elements of a petroleum system: Source, seal, reservoir, trap
  • Appreciate the key elements of petroleum geology and their control on well and reservoir productivity
  • Build your awareness of types and value of geological information and data acquisition techniques onshore and offshore
  • Understand geological risks and uncertainties and how they affect technical and commercial decision making processes
  • Discover the geological documentation required for exploration, appraisal and development well planning projects
  • Examine the impact of petroleum geological parameters on valuation of oil and gas asset

About the Course

The course demonstrates the critical importance and relevance of petroleum geology, and how the appropriate use of geological information can lead to better management decisions, thus improve project values

Participants will acquire an understanding of the geological principles employed to find, develop and produce oil and gas reservoirs, the type of data required to build a model of the subsurface, and the different methods used to display information.

Using a set of hands on projects, the course will demonstrate how appropriate use of geological information can lead to better management decisions and thus improve the value of oil and gas projects.

The main elements to be discussed are the elements of a petroleum system: Source, seal, reservoir, trap, the elements of petroleum geology and their control on productivity, the acquisition of geological data, geological risks and uncertainties, along with geological input to exploration, appraisal and development well planning.

This course will demystify the language used by geoscientists and help participants understand the relevance of petroleum geology within the overall framework of the upstream oil and gas industry.

Who Will Benefit

This course is targeted at any professional who needs grounding in petroleum geological fundamentals

  • Technical – reservoir engineers, petroleum engineers, drilling engineers, petrophysicists, technical support staff, facilities and processing engineers
  • Commercial – commercial analysts, managers and decision makers, oil and gas investors, regulators approving or monitoring exploration or development projects


Professor Peter Moore

Keith Davison

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Keith was very approachable, knowledgeable and had a wealth of experience… a great help.”
Technical Assistant, Santos

Very articulate and approachable, clearly very comprehensive experience of subject matter to be able to add relevant detail to illustrate points and answer questions.
Stream Leader – Flow Assurance, CSIRO

Very relaxed and knows the course content well. Very good at explaining the technical parts to non-technical people.”
Document Controller, BHP Billiton

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Course Outline

The Petroleum System

  • Elements and timing required to create an oil or gas accumulation
  • Source, seal, reservoir, trap
  • Basin formation and plate tectonics
  • The world’s main petroleum provinces
  • Project: Screening of an exploration play

Exploration Methods & Concepts

  • Elements of petroleum geology and their control on productivity
  • Gravimetry
  • Magnetometry
  • Seismic – 2D , 3D; onshore – offshore
  • How much oil or gas to be found?
  • Valuing a prospect – risked volumes and expected monetary value
  • Outcrops and analogues
  • The environmental impact of exploration

Depositional Environments

  • Depositional processes in different environments
  • Sedimentation patterns and lithologies
  • Large and small scale depositional features
  • Reservoir geometry, heterogeneity and the impact on productivity
  • Lithostratigraphic vs sequence stratigraphic correlation
  • Project: Building a reservoir geological model


  • Types and scales of deformation
  • Faulting and fault seal mechanisms
  • Fractures, fracturing and the impact on productivity
  • Structural models
  • Project: Recognising structural patterns


  • Diagenetic overprint of the pore system
  • Dissolution
  • Precipitation
  • Replacement
  • Diagenesis in carbonate reservoirs: The role of dolomitisation
  • The role of clays

Data gathering objectives and methods

  • The importance of accurately acquiring geological data
  • Coring
  • Wireline logging and logging while drilling
  • Outcrop studies
  • Analogue data
  • Field reviews

Applications of maps and sections

  • Various types and purposes of geological maps
  • Cross sections
  • Symbols and abbreviations on geological maps
  • Horizontal/vertical scales
  • Project: Construction of a geological cross section

Volumetric estimation

  • Parameters required for volumetric estimation
  • Deterministic vs probabilistic estimates
  • Geological uncertainty affecting in place volumes
  • Geological uncertainty affecting reserves

Geological input to exploration, appraisal and development well planning

  • Deviated well terminology
  • Normal and abnormal pressures
  • Borehole stability issues
  • Leak off/limit tests
  • Geological factors leading to drilling problems
  • Project: Well planning exercise

Mud logging

  • Designing a mud logging programme
  • Overpressure detection
  • Interpretation of mud logging data
  • Geosteering

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