Petroleum Geology and Geoscience - The Basics

Petroleum Geology and Geoscience - Basics

An interactive course designed for individuals desiring to expand and increase their petroleum geology and geoscience knowledge. It is suitable for petroleum industry new hires, revenue, joint interest, business professionals, investment advisors, analysts, exploration, transportation, regulators, government employees, and lawyers or anyone who interacts with Geologists and Geoscientists.

Course Content

This course covers the following topics:

The Big Picture

  • Origin of Earth’s Structure
  • Rocks and Fundamentals of Geology
  • Hydrocarbon Generation


Earth’s Layers

  • Hydrocarbon Movement
  • Production Payment Consequences
  • Leasehold Costs


Federal Oil and Gas Taxes: Finding Oil

  • Pre-drilling Exploration Costs
  • Rock Types, Traps, and Properties Related to Hydrocarbons



  • Traps in More Detail
  • Unconventional Resources
  • Reservoir Types
  • Data Used


Where to Drill

  • Mineral Rights and land management
  • Aligning the Data
  • Predicting Well Costs


Drilling and Reservoirs

  • Vertical and Horizontal Wells
  • Materials Used in Drilling
  • Protecting the Environment


How Wells are Drilled and Completed

  • Drilling Processes
  • Drilling – Where, How and Why?
  • Completions


Production Patterns

  • Production Patterns and Decline Curves
  • Field Performance and Life Cycle
  • Expertise for Optimal Performance


Production Geology

  • Core Analysis
  • Reservoir Connectivity, Dynamics, and Estimates
  • Produced Water and Issues


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the origin and occurrence of oil and gas reservoirs
  2. Explain how geologists and geophysicists explore drill and complete wells for oil and gas
  3. Discuss the tools and techniques used by geologists and engineers to evaluate oil and gas reservoirs
  4. Identify data sources such as well logs, maps, 2D seismic, 3D seismic, Micro-seismic, geochemistry, core analysis
  5. Create a plan for bringing together a team to effectively recover hydrocarbons from a producing field, incorporating reservoir geology, fluid flow characteristics


Program Level: Basic        CPE Credits: 8 - 16 hours      Delivery: Group-Live       Prerequisites: None

Advance Prep: None         Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

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