Fundamental Skills for Petroleum Geoscientists

HOT Engineering
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5 days
3,300 EUR excl. VAT
Next available date: 08/07/2019 - Vienna
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Fundamental Skills for Petroleum Geoscientists

HOT Engineering

Fundamental Skills for Petroleum Geoscientists: 5-Day Training Programme

This 5-day training programme from HOT Engineering has been designed for early career geoscientists, technical assistants and petroleum engineers who wish to build a strong understanding of the fundamental elements of petroleum geology. It provides hands-on experience of typical oil industry data types and workflows for exploration and production, taught by a very experienced petroleum geoscientist.

The course starts by placing hydrocarbons in a global context; the philosophy and structure of the oil industry; energy trends, future resources. The petroleum environment is then reviewed: source rocks, reservoirs, traps, seals and the timing of generation relative to trap formation. The course then examines the subsurface environments, subsurface temperature and pressure and the impact on petroleum systems, the usage and display of typical subsurface geological data, and gives an introduction to seismic and wireline logs. This is then developed into a definition of petroleum systems and an introduction to play fairway definition and finally leads / prospects.

The course concludes by introducing the assessment of subsurface resources by calculating in-place reserves using deterministic methods.

The course will help you build a solid understanding of the elements of the petroleum systems, and introduce key data types and methods of analysis. You will understand key language used, worflows and the extensive practicals give you introductory experience of using and interpreting typical oilfield data. Examples are taken from global petroleum systems, drawing on the experience of the tutor.

Suitability - Who should attend?

This training programme is best suited for newly graduated or newly hired geologists, geophysicists or engineers with limited experience of hydrocarbon exploration.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Upon successful completion of this training programme, delegates will gain an understanding of:

  • The context of world oil, and a critical assessment of current estimates of remaining world resources
  • Typical workflows and drivers in the oil industry
  • The hydrocarbon habitat and basic techniques used in exploration, appraisal and production
  • The key elements of the petroleum system: reservoirs (including unconventional), seal, source and trap
  • The types, usage and display of subsurface geological data and its acquisition, and the limits on the reliability of such data
  • The qualitative interpretation of basic wireline log data
  • Basic facies interpretation from wireline data
  • The subsurface environment and the implications for the petroleum system
  • What causes variations in subsurface temperature and how to interpret temperature data from well data
  • How to calculate geothermal gradients and understand the control temperature has on hydrocarbon generation and reservoir quality
  • How pressure is developed in the subsurface
  • The interpretation of pressure data acquired from wells to assess overpressure and the fluids present in the subsurface
  • Seismic acquisition and processing and basic seismic facies interpretation
  • What petroleum systems are
  • How to map play fairways
  • Leads and prospect definition
  • How to calculate deterministic reserves

Training Course Content

The content of this training programme is structured as follows:

  • History of the oil industry
  • Future resources
  • The elements of the petroleum system
  • Source rocks, maturation and migration
  • Seals
  • Reservoirs
  • Traps
  • Timing
  • Data acquired from a well
  • Introduction to wireline log analysis
  • Introduction to seismic acquisition and interpretation
  • The subsurface environment; subsurface temperature; subsurface pressure
  • Petroleum systems
  • Play fairway definition
  • Leads / prospects
  • Calculating in-place resources


The course fee includes tuition, course material, refreshments and lunch per session day and a 100 EURO non-refundable registration fee. Course fees do NOT include accommodation or living costs. Applicable taxes will be added.

The course is held at a top quality hotel with excellent meeting facilities.

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