Geology For Non-Geologists

Course Summary

This course is designed to support multi-disciplinary team members, seniors executives of oil & gas businesses who are not geologists by training in delivering business objectives.  Fundamental geological principles will be presented with class exercises to enable participants to &appreciate the inherent uncertainties associated with geological evaluations. It will cover the role of Geology in Exploration, Development and Production.

Who Should Take the Course

This course is designed for participants with little understanding of geology. It is recommended for Subsurface & Production engineers, Economists, Commercial, Finance, Asset Management & HR personnel,  Interestingly, new geologists will little or no industry experience will also benefit from a broader appreciation of the link between what they know and how this impacts  E&P decision making.

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Class Introduction
  • Course Expectations
  • The Key E&P Subsurface Considerations
  • “The filling in the Gap question”
  • “The Known to Unknown principle”
  • Introduction of Geological Principles
  • Space and Time Conundrum
  • -Introduction to the geological time scale
  • The Rock Cycle
    • Igneous, Metamorphic, Sedimentary
  • Introduction to Structural processes
    • Plate Tectonics
    • Extension and Contractional processes
  • Introduction  to Sedimentary Processes
    • Tectonostratigraphic Considerations
    • Basin Formation
    • Depositional Environments – Clastics & Carbonates
  • Introduction to Stratigraphic Considerations
    • Biostratigraphy
    • Lithostratigraphy
    • Sequence Stratigraphy
    • Class Exercises

Geological Data, Tools and Methods

  • Geophysical Data
    • Seismic
    • Potential Field data
  • Geological Data
    • Outcrops
    • Well Samples
      • Ditch Cuttings
      • Sidewall Samples
      • Cores
  • Petrophysical Data
  • Logging
  • Correlations
  • Mapping


Geology In Exploration

  • Petroleum System Analysis
    • Source Rocks
    • Reservoirs
    • Trap
    • Seal
    • Migration
    • The concept of critical Timing
  • Introduction to the Play concept

Recap And Summary

Geology In Exploration

  • Play Fairway Analysis
  • •Play Definition and Distribution
  • •Play Segments
  • •Play Maps
  • •Leads and Prospects
  • •The concept of CoS (Chance of Success)


  • •Portfolio Management
  • •Application to Building New Business
    • •Frontier Exploration
    • •Near Field Exploration (NFE and NIE)
    • •Evaluating assets for M&A and other such activities
  • •Defining Operational Requirements
  • •Selecting Well Locations
  • •Data Acquisition planning
  • •Mapping and New Ventures


Geology in Development

  • Evaluating Exploration Discoveries
  • Appraisal Drilling/Planning campaign
  • Seismic Interpretation – (More 3D)
  • Reservoir Characterisation
  • Static Reservoir Modelling and Volumetrics
  • Rock Sampling
  • Field Development Planning
  • Reservoirs
  • Wells & Facilities

Geology in Production

  • Reservoir management
  • Updating Reservoir Models
  • Attic Oil Identification
  • Addressing Production Challenges

Other Areas

Carbon Storage Reservoir Studies

Geotechnical Survey

Environmental Studies

Recap And Summary

Course Schedule

Courses include lunch. We have arranged a discounted room rate close to or at the venue and for overseas attendees we can assist you with a Visa application if necessary.


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