University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

PETROENG 7058 - Petroleum Geology & Geophysics

Career: Postgraduate Coursework
Units: 3
Term: 3210
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Intensive short course
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Yes
Assumed Knowledge: PETROENG 7030 recommended.
Assessment: Examination, exercises, group project, quiz

This course provides a working knowledge of the main qualitative and quantitative techniques used by petroleum geoscientists in finding and evaluating subsurface resources. Basic techniques utilised in geological and geophysical analyses of the subsurface are discussed. Practical application of these techniques are demonstrated in exercises. The Petroleum Geology section provides a detailed description of clastic and carbonate reservoir rocks, with the unifying theme being that reservoir location, shape and properties can be understood and predicted from knowledge of the environments in which the sediments forming the rocks were deposited, and the various processes which occur following deposition (diagenesis). The behaviour of fluids in reservoir rocks is covered next, with capillary pressure principles as a basic concept for understanding issues such as vertical and lateral distribution of fluids in a reservoir, seal capacity, and recovery efficiency. Volumetric reserve estimation is covered next, followed by discussions on enhanced oil recovery, unconventional reservoirs and the storage of carbon dioxide in reservoir rocks as a technique for greenhouse abatement. The Petroleum Geophysics section presents an introduction to reflection seismology, the main geophysical method used in hydrocarbon exploration and development. After an outline of the various types of information that can be obtained using the method, the basic physics at its heart is described - the reflection of (sound) waves from interfaces within the earth, and the refraction and attenuation of these waves as they travel down and back up to the surface. The interpretation of the data to produce maps or models of the reflecting interfaces is covered, and the section concludes with a brief description of the data acquisition and processing required to produce the seismic images which the interpreter works with. The interpretation process is illustrated by a project in which pairs of students interpret a small seismic data set on workstations, and use the resulting maps to propose drilling targets.

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Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
3210 Mon 12/03/2012 Sat 31/03/2012 Fri 04/05/2012 Fri 08/06/2012

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
14620 LE01 30 12 28 Feb - 28 Feb Tuesday 9am - 5pm Petroleum Engineering, G04, Conference Room
29 Feb - 29 Feb Wednesday 9am - 5pm Petroleum Engineering, G04, Conference Room
1 Mar - 1 Mar Thursday 9am - 5pm Petroleum Engineering, G04, Conference Room
5 Mar - 5 Mar Monday 9am - 5pm Petroleum Engineering, G04, Conference Room
6 Mar - 6 Mar Tuesday 9am - 5pm Petroleum Engineering, G04, Conference Room
7 Mar - 7 Mar Wednesday 9am - 5pm Petroleum Engineering, G04, Conference Room