Geology For Non-Geologists

Course Summary

This in an introductory level course designed to give an overview of basic geological principles with a strong focus on the application of these to business decisions. The course will focus on the role of geology that is most important to the oil and gas industry including both conventional and unconventional ‘fracking’ resources. It covers basic geological elements that are important in petroleum geology, such as the role of source rocks, reservoirs and seals in a petroleum play. As well as interpretation of geological data such as well logs and seismic data, and teaches the effect that geology has on engineering practices. It will also briefly examine fracking practices and the E&P business in general.

Who Should Take the Course

This course is designed for participants with no prior knowledge of geology. It is recommended for everyone with an interest in the understanding of the geological surface and subsurface considerations affecting the oil and gas industry. The course has been tailored towards non geologists in oil and gas, IT, banking, HR or governmental agencies interested in, or working within the oil and gas industry. Who are looking to gain a greater understanding of the principles guiding geological consideration to enable them to make better informed decisions.

Course Outline

Day 1

Introduction to Geology

  • Learn about plate tectonics and geological time/history concepts
  • The fundamentals of rock formation and deformation, from local to continental scale
  • The rock cycle – Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary rocks.

Energy: Oil and Gas Geology

  • Overview of the main characteristics needed to form a working petroleum system (source/reservoir/seal (+trap/migration).
  • Reservoir types: Depositional environments (modern analogues etc)
  • Unconventionals:
    • History
    • Methods
    • Impacts

Day 2

Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Timeline

  • Introduction to how the oil and gas business works: Field Development Cycle – Interactive exercise to simulate oil company decisions.
    • Exploration
      • Choosing which basins to focus on
      • Data Acquisition
      • Role of geology in play/prospect identification
    • Development
    • Production
    • Drilling
      • Fracking
      • Land Use
    • Abandonment

Case 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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