Basic Subsurface Interpretation Methods (GEO220)
The course provides an introduction for techniques of well and seismic interpretation for energy exploration and geological storage. Special focus is given to the subsurface geology of the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.
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- Introduction to the subsurface interpretation software
- Introduction to the subsurface geology of the Norwegian Continental Shelf
- Seismic and well data interpretation
- Synthetic seismogram
- Basic mapping of reservoirs
- Generation of deliverables for report and presentation
- Techniques for fault interpretation
- Subsurface geology for the energy transition
- Depth conversion
- Reservoir model
Note: A two-day intensive software course (e.g. Petrel) is offered at the beginning of the semester. Participation in the two-day course is highly recommended as all following activties during the semster will be done using the software.
This course is based on the application of concepts that have been provided in previous courses in the area of petroleum geology, structural geology, stratigraphy and geophysics through the use of specialized interpretation software.
- Fundamental background on how to build a subsurface 3D model
- Knowledge on basic well correlation and time intervals in sedimentary basins
- Knowledge on the geological significance of subsurface mapping and importance for energy exploration and production and geological storage
- Be able to built a subsurface earth model using leading edge software tools.
- Be able to integrate geological and geophysical data in order to build a subsurface model.
- Be able to to correlate well and seismic data using time/depth relationships and syntethic seismograms.
- Be able to make oral presentations in order to provide an overview of the geological model and provide guidelines for exploration and production.
- Have fundamental skills on integration of different types of subsurface geophysical and geological data and provide the understanding for other engineering activities such as drilling and reservoir.
- To communicate and make technical presentations in the area of expertise.
Required prerequisite knowledge
GEO100 Earth, Energy and Climate, GEO210 Structural Geology, PET110 Geophysics and Well Logging
GEO100 Earth, Energy and Climate, GEO130 Geophysics, GEO210 Structural Geology
The course has a continuous assessment with a final written exam. All assessment parts must be passed in order to obtain a final grade in the course. Resit opportunities for the presentations follow the regular course offering. A continuitation exam is offered the following semester for students who fail the written exam.
Course teacher:Dora Luz Marin Restrepo
Course coordinator:Alejandro Escalona Varela
Study Program Director:Lisa Jean Watson
Programme coordinator:Karina Sanni
Head of Department:Alejandro Escalona Varela
Method of work
Course participation is highly recommended as of the training of computer/software skills and application of exercises in the laboratory.
Four hours a week of lectures (theory and computer program introduction) and at least four hours a week of laboratory practicals to develop the course project.
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