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Introduction to Petroleum Geology for Non-Geologists (GEO23)


    The course covers the fundamental principles of petroleum geology and the activities of the oil industry from basin analysis and prospect definition to drilling, field development, transportation and refining.

    Course Level: Foundation
    Instructor: Daniel Clark-Lowes

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • Working for an oil company but have little or no technical background in geosciences
      You may be working in administration, human resources, accounting, legal, finance or technical support.

    How we build your confidence

    Numerous actual examples are used throughout the course to illustrate the points covered.

    Exercises are used to reinforce understanding of points explained in lectures and emphasis is on discussing and supporting interpretations. These include construction of geological cross sections giving you the opportunity to visualise geological structures in the subsurface in three dimensions.

    The interactive discussion sessions that follow both formal teaching and exercises are considered particularly important. Learning is as much by open discussion with course instructor and classmates, as it is by formal instruction.

    The benefits from attending

    By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:

    • The components of the structure of the earth
    • The main rock types, their origins and their roles in petroleum generation and entrapment
    • The main features of geology, such as structural geology, stratigraphy and geological time
    • Sedimentary basins and their global distribution within a plate tectonic setting; their significance in terms of hydrocarbon occurrence
    • The basic principles of petroleum generation, hydrocarbon migration, oil and gas traps and the relevance of the timing of these events, all set within a play fairway and petroleum system analysis framework
    • The global distribution of reserves of oil and gas and the workings of the oil industry (production, transportation and refining) on an international scale


    • Geological characteristics of the earth
    • Sedimentary rock fill of depositional basins
    • Fundamental principles of petroleum geology
    • Different settings in which accumulations of conventional oil and gas are found
    • Features of a good source kitchen
    • Migration pathways and reservoir traps
    • Procedures adopted for assessing resources and reserves
    • How exploration and production are undertaken
    • The infrastructure required for field development and oil and gas transportation and refining

    Customer Feedback

    "A combination of theory and exercises, good overview of the topic, presentation material nicely structured" - Junior Analyst at OMV




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