Subsurface Geology (GEO501)
This course is designed to give students a deep understanding of sedimentary reservoir systems, as well as basement, both as primary (hydrocarbon) and secondary reservoirs (e. g., carbon dioxide). The course aims to the ability to interpret reservoir systems, their genesis and development as results of rock emplacement, depositional environments, and tectonic deformation. Moreover, reservoir systems will be set in a sequence stratigraphic context, in order to understand and predict the architectures and facies distributions and variations. The course also covers interpretation and validation (e. g., structural restoration) of faults and salt structures that can modify reservoir systems and control their formation. Also techniques to assess the impact of faults on fluid flow are included.
Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.
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- Interplay between clastic, carbonate and evaporitic depositional systems
- Faults and salt structures in reservoir contexts, including growth structures and fault sealing
- Validation of geological models
After completing the course, the student should know:
- Preconditions for basement as reservoirs,
- Sedimentary depositional response to changes in external factors,
- Sequence stratigraphic concepts and depositional systems as controls for predicting reservoir properties,
- Deep burial-related, reservoir alteration processes,
- Faults and salt structures and their impact on reservoir systems,
- Techniques to quality-control sedimentary and structural interpretations and reconstruct the evolution of sedimentary basins,
- Techniques to evaluate the impact of faults on reservoir properties and fluid flow.
After completing the course, the student should be able to:
- Evaluate different types of lithological successions for their potential as reservoirs,
- Use sequence stratigraphic concepts for predicting elements of the petroleum system,
- Apply various methodologies to perform predictive sequence-stratigraphic interpretations in both clastic and carbonate systems,
- Use concepts and techniques for recognition and prediction of reservoir and source-rock facies changes,
- Interpret faults and salt structures for their role in reservoir systems,
- Validate and restore structural models,
- Assess the impact of faults on reservoir properties and fluid flow.
After completing the course, the student should be able to communicate:
- Sedimentary and tectonic concepts in a basin-scale perspective, in the context of both basin-external and internal influencing factors,
- The importance of tectonic structures for reservoir systems,
- The value and uncertainty of sedimentary and structural interpretations in reservoir contexts.
Required prerequisite knowledge
|Form of assessment||Weight||Duration||Marks||Aid|
|Assignment 1||1/2||1 Weeks||Letter grades||All|
|Assignment 2||1/2||1 Weeks||Letter grades||All|
Continuous evaluation.You must pass all parts to pass the course. All parts must be assessed in order to receive a grade. If you fail the assessment, you must retake this the following year. There are no continuation opportunities on the assessment parts. Students who wish to take these sections again must do so the next time the course has regular instruction.
Course teacher:Ingrid Carita Augustsson
Study Program Director:Lisa Jean Watson
Course coordinator:Nestor Fernando Cardozo Diaz
Programme coordinator:Karina Sanni
Course teacher:Udo Zimmermann
Head of Department:Alejandro Escalona Varela
Method of work
The course includes lectures and laboratory practices.
6-8 hours teaching per week.
|PVT of Petroleum Reservoirs and Fluids (PET500_1)||5|