This introductory course in petroleum geoscience is designed for petroleum industry personnel who have no prior geological training and require a basic understanding of how geoscientists acquire and analyse data to explore and produce hydrocarbons. Typical attendees include engineers, technical support and administrative personnel (human resources, legal, procurement or accountancy).
The tuition is gauged to the level of the group to ensure full understanding of the complex concepts being discussed. Group activities and hands-on interpretation at a basic level of typical oilfield data allows the participants to be fully engaged and to develop a broad understanding of geological concepts, the complexity of data acquisition and analysis as well as the concepts of uncertainty in geological analysis.
Course Level: Foundation Instructor: Jonathan Redfern
Designed for you, if you are...
A new hire engineer, technical support staff, administrator, economist or legal staff with limited or no experience of the technical interpretation of geological data
No geological knowledge is assumed and the course does not have a prerequisite for scientific or numerical standards.
How we build your confidence
The course will help you build a solid understanding of the oil industry, the key drivers in the business and global perspectives. You will understand key language used and workflows in the industry. Extensive practicals will give you introductory experience of using and interpreting typical oilfield data.
The benefits from attending
By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:
The context of world oil and a critical assessment of current estimates of remaining world resources
Typical workflows and drivers in the oil industry
Risk, resource and the reward from exploration and production
Health, safety and environmental issues
Fundamental concepts of rock types and subsurface fluids
How oil is formed and trapped in the subsurface
Basic techniques used in exploration, appraisal and production, how wells are drilled
How we image the subsurface using seismic data and other techniques
The key elements of the petroleum system: reservoirs (including unconventional), seal, source and trap
Examples of the types, usage and display of subsurface geological data and its acquisition, and the limits on the reliability of such data
The subsurface environment and the implications for the petroleum system
How we identify locations to drill
How to calculate the amount of oil and gas within prospects or fields
History of the oil industry
The elements of the petroleum system
Source rocks, maturation and migration
Subsidence and sedimentary basins
Global oil reserves and the oil business
Data acquired from a well
Basic introduction to wireline log analysis
Basic introduction to seismic acquisition and interpretation
The subsurface environment; subsurface temperature; subsurface pressure