The course gives a general introduction to the theory and practice of geophysical exploration, with a focus on the physical principles, methodology, interpretational procedures, and fields of application of various methods.
The methods covered include surface methods such as reflection seismic (emphasized), refraction seismic, gravity, magnetic, electric, and electromagnetic methods. Furthermore, the course also covers borehole geophysical methods used in Formation evaluation, such as resistivity, sonic and radioactive methods. Data from these methods will be used to determine lithology, porosity, water saturation, permeability, and hydrocarbon volumes.
Programming languages, such as python and Matlab, are used to help model different geological scenarios and visualize the different methods and data.
After completing this course the student should be able to:
Identify how the various geophysical methods used in petroleum exploration, development, and production, including seismic, gravity, magnetic, electric, and electromagnetic methods can be used to obtain geological information about the subsurface.
Explain how geophysical data is acquired in the field.
Process and analyze geophysical data using the Python programming language.
Perform a petrophysical evaluation of lithology, porosity, water saturation, net to gross, permeability, and segmentation using well logs and core measurements.
Required prerequisite knowledge
FYS100 Mechanics, GEO100 Earth, Energy and Climate
Form of assessment
Approved, basic calculator
Up to 7 obligatory assignments must be approved before the student can take the exam.
There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.