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Subsurface Geology GEO501

This course is designed to give students a deep understanding of sedimentary reservoir systems, as well as fractured and altered rocks as reservoirs, 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 2022-2023. Please note that changes may occur.

Facts
Course code

GEO501

Version

1

Credits (ECTS)

10

Semester tution start

Autumn

Number of semesters

1

Exam semester

Autumn

Language of instruction

English

Content
  • Interplay between clastic, carbonate and evaporitic depositional systems 
  • Fractured and altered rocks as reservoirs 
  • Faults and salt structures in reservoir contexts, including growth structures and fault sealing 
  • Validation of geologicall models 
Learning outcome

Knowledge 

After completing the course, the student should know: 

  • Preconditions for fractured and altered rocks 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. 

Skills 

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. 

General competence 

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
None
Exam

Assignments

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 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(s)
Study Program Director: Lisa Jean Watson
Course coordinator: Nestor Fernando Cardozo Diaz
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. 

Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
PVT of Petroleum Reservoirs and Fluids (PET500_1) 5
Open for
Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology Energy, Reservoir and Earth Sciences, Master of Science Degree Programme Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology
Literature
The syllabus can be found in Leganto