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Introduction to Petroleum Geology

Get a firm grip on petroleum geology principles, concepts, technology and terminology with this comprehensive introduction to the dynamics of exploring and developing both conventional and unconventional plays for oil and gas reservoirs.

The new crew shift of workers entering the industry can rapidly achieve technical and commercial depth by understanding the various phases of activity in the life of a producing field. Current and future frontiers in deepwater, arctic shelf and new discovery geological provinces are reviewed along with growing global attention to shale gas and tight oil plays. The world energy market is undergoing fundamental, structural change which will impact oil vs. gas utilization and geopolitical relationships in profound ways.

Full Course Description
  • The role of the geologist (geotechnical teamwork, plate tectonics, geologic time scale, E&P process).
  • The petroleum system (origin of hydrocarbons, essential elements for a commercial find – traps, seals, reservoir, source rock, reserves and resources).
  • Exploration and production geology (data, tools, mapping, seismic interpretation, appraisal).
  • Field development (field plan decisions, drilling wells, mineral leasing, reservoir engineering).
  • Infrastructure and environment (pipelines, processing, emissions, fluids management, fracking).
  • Future trends and market implications (peak oil, price drivers, growing gas usage, changing global relationships).

This course is intended for general audiences. Ideal for professionals seeking to gain a fundamental understanding of petroleum geology in the energy industry. Program assumes little to no previous knowledge of geological concepts or data.

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