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Seismic Interpretation GEO600

This course will provide advanced skills in subsurface interpretation by integrating various type of geological and geophysical information. Worldwide real case examples using leading edge software and methodologies will exposed students to different geological scenarios for understanding of the subsurface. the knowledge acquired in the course is of high relevance for the energy sector within hydrocarbon exploration and production, CO2 sequestration, geothermal, geoteknikk, among others. The course includes two parts:

1- An exploration interpretation project. this project might be part of the known Imperial Barrel Award AAPG competition or a project from a relevant geological area

2- a reservoir interpretation project from Norwegian Continental Shelf

Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.

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Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Energy Resources

Learning outcome


  • Knowledge on recognition of different structural styles and sedimentation processes that make up the basin using various types of geological and geophysical data
  • Knowledge on different methodologies and interpretation techniques for subsurface mapping of sedimentary basins
  • Knowledge of the various geological elements that make the energy system and their importance
  • Knowledge on the uncertainty and risk associated to the different types of data and interpretation analysis used for optimizing decisions


  • Be able to interpret and integrate complex subsurface data in different geological settings
  • Expertise in leading edge interpretation software, equivalent to that use in the energy sector
  • Be able to quantify the different elements of the energy system and make decisions related to their exploitation and management

General Competence:

  • The ability to communicate technically, effectively in written and oral form
  • The ability to work in teams and interact with colleagues in an ethical and professional manner.
  • The ability to apply the technical knowledge of modern valuation and decision-making methods to optimise the use of corporate and personal resources.
  • Introduction to subsurface interpretation methods.
  • Introduction to the different geologic settings to be investigated, e.g. extensional, compressional and strike-slip.
  • Subsurface interpretation methods as an approach to complex problems and integration of different types of data from regional to reservoir scale. Students will work on different geological projects and integrate seismic, well and petrophysical interpretations.
  • Note: A two-day software course (e.g. Petrel) is provided at the beginning of the semester. It is highly recommended to participate in the course, as following activities will be based on the software.
Required prerequisite knowledge
Recommended prerequisites
GEO510 Structural Styles, GEO520 Seismic Reflection Methods, GEO550 Sequence Stratigraphy and sedimentology
Previous knowledge in subsurface interpretation methods is highlgy recommended (equal or equivalent to GEO220). Knowledge in structural geology, seidmientology, stratigraphy and seismic data is also recommended

Mid-term test, report and oral presentation

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Mid-term test 25/100 2 Hours A - F None permitted
Report 35/100 1 Semesters A - F All.
Oral presentation 40/100 40 Minutes A - F All.

The course has a continous assessment consisting of one mid-term test, one report and a presentation. All parts must be passed in order to obtain a final grade in the course. There is no re-sit possibilities on any of the parts. Students who have failed one or more parts, or that wish to improve their grade, must re-take all assessment parts when the course is offered again.

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Alejandro Escalona Varela
Course teacher: Guro Laurentze Sætre Skarstein
Head of Department: Alejandro Escalona Varela
Method of work

4-8 hours per week theory

8 hours per week lab exercises

8-16 hours individual work

Course participation is highly recommended as of the training of computer/software skills and application of exercises in the laboratory.

Open for
Master in Petroleum Geosciences Engineering, Master in Petroleum Engineering - Reservoar
Course assessment
Standard UiS protocol
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Seismic interpretation and formation evaluation (MPG200) 10
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