Spring 2018 - EASC 610 G100
Petroleum Geology (3)
Class Number: 10241
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3510, Burnaby
1 778 782-5492
Office: TASC 1 Room 7227
Prerequisites:Knowledge and/or experience in sedimentary geology, stratigraphy, and facies models.
An introduction to the practical application of geological and geophysical concepts in the petroleum industry. The course will focus on the use of facies models, porosity and permeability, geophysical logs, drillstem tests, drilling, and production strategies in petroleum exploration and exploitation. Particular emphasis is placed on the geologist's role in the industry, both in discovering new hydrocarbons, and in improving recovery (through waterflooding and carbon-dioxide flooding) from existing hydrocarbon reservoirs.
EASC 610 is a practical course that covers all aspects of petroleum geology: from oil generation and migration to exploration and development. The focus is on how petroleum is trapped, and the types of tools, information, and methods geologists use to explore for and develop hydrocarbons. Material covered includes: source rock deposition and maturation, migration pathways, hydrocarbon trapping mechanisms, well log interpretation, DST interpretation, secondary and tertiary recovery strategies, and unconventional hydrocarbon resources. Laboratory exercises will demonstrate classroom concepts and will introduce students to software commonly used in the petroleum industry.
1. Introduction to petroleum geology. Summary of the fundamental elements of the hydrocarbon system.
2. Source rock types, deposition, and hydrocarbon generation.
3. Hydrocarbon migration pathways and trapping mechanisms.
4. Tools used in petroleum exploration: seismic, core, facies models, and sequence stratigraphy.
5. Well-log interpretation. How well logs are used to discover oil and gas and the weaknesses and strength of each tool.
6. Drill stem test (DST) interpretation.
7. Mapping techniques and contouring.
8. Land surveys, land sales, royalties, and basic economics.
9. Secondary (waterflood) and tertiary (CO2)enhanced oil recovery strategies.
10. Unconventional play types: oil sands, coal-bed methane, shale gas.
One 2-hour lecture class and one 3-hour laboratory class per week.
- 1. Laboratory Assignments 30%
- 2. Presentation and Handout 30%
- 3. Final Project 40%
Slatt, R.M. 2006. Stratigraphic Reservoir Characterization for Petroleum Geologists, Geophysicists and Engineers.Handbook of Petroleum Exploration and Production, Vol. 6, Elsevier.
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