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Reservoir Characterisation GEO630

Petroleum geologists need to adapt permanently to modern developments in the application of analytical techniques besides the standard geophysical, structural and stratigraphic methods used in the normal workflow. This course will introduce various methods used in petroleum geology which are aimed to understand source, reservoir and seal rocks of hydrocarbon reservoirs. The student will be introduced to the principles of state-of-the-art methods and theory behind these.

Course description for study year 2021-2022

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Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Energy Resources

Learning outcome

After completing this course the student should be able to evaluate the significance and usefulness of different modern methods on the understanding of hydrocarbon reservoirs. This will be achieved by introducing examples of applications to hydrocarbon reservoirs on a global scale.


  • Understand the theory and the application of classic and state-of-the-art analytical methods for their applications in Earth Sciences including reservoir characterisation
  • Evaluate the significance of "classic" and state-of-the-art analytical methods for a specific (research) project in the field of geosciences and renewable energies


  • Use quantitative data to understand the rock composition of a reservoir, or rock related to a petroleum play or any other rock formation
  • Assess quantitative data from state-of-the-art methods for a specific geological scenario
  • Select the ideal analytical method for a geological scenario and evaluate the impact of the data
  • Evaluate the quality of quantitative data in geological contexts

General competence:

  •  Quantitative methods using geochemical and isotope geochemical data besides petrographic ones are THE tool in nowadays to understand reservoirs and a paramount for modelling purposes - they also are THE major tool to interpret correlation and stratigraphy. Modelling and subsurface studies are dependent on the quantitative results when possible to gain as a comparative tool or THE basic information source. Ideal is a combination of sub-surface and quantitative data to evaluate rock successions for a wide area of expertise including geothermal energy and other renewable energy forms.
Essential topics to be addressed in the course are:
  • Geochemical applications for hydrocarbons, reservoir, host and seal rocks.
  • Isotope geochemical applications for hydrocarbons, reservoir, host and seal rocks.
  • Diagenesis and movement of hydrocarbons in rocks.
  • Biostratigraphy: methods and analytical techniques.
  • Non-standard correlation techniques (chemostratigraphy, magnetostratigraphy, others).
  • Modern fieldwork methods.
  • State-of-the-art quantification methods of geological material.
  • Others.
  • short excursions in the region
Required prerequisite knowledge
Recommended prerequisites
GEO500 Depositional Systems and Sequence Stratigraphy, GEO510 Structural Styles, MPG160 Structural styles and basin analysis, MPG210 Depositional systems and sequence stratigraphy

Mappe, muntlig-og skriftlig eksamen

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Oral Exam 35/100 30 Minutes A - F All.
Portfolio evaluation 50/100 1 Semesters A - F All.
Mid-term test 15/100 2 Hours A - F All.

The course has a continuous assessment consisting of one portfolio, one presentation, and one during semester exam. All parts must be passed in order to pass the course.The Portfolio contains Laboratory reports and two projects. The grade of the Portfolio is not given until all the reports have been assessed and the folder as a Whole graded. For the Portfolio, there are no resit possibilities.

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Udo Zimmermann
Course teacher: Mona Wetrhus Minde
Head of Department: Alejandro Escalona Varela
Method of work
Lectures and laboratory exercises, homework, fieldwork and short tests.
Open for
Single Course Admission to PhD-courses Petroleum Geosciences Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme
Course assessment
Standard UiS procedure
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Applied geosciences methods (MPG220) 10
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