PETROENG 3019 - Structural Geology & Seismic Methods
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code PETROENG 3019 Course Structural Geology & Seismic Methods Coordinating Unit Australian School of Petroleum Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description Structural Geology: Basic concepts of stress (resolving stresses and Mohr Circle) and rock failure (friction, Coulomb); present-day stresses from oil field data; implications for wellbore stability and water flooding; basic concepts of structural geology; faults; folds; structural traps and fault seal analysis. Seismic Methods: Principles of reflection seismology, such as wave propagation phenomena, and seismic velocity and resolution. Data acquisition and processing methods, mechanics of seismic interpretation. Velocity anomalies and depth conversion. Techniques for evaluating reservoir and fluid properties, such as seismic attributes, DHIs and AVO, and time lapse seismology.
Course Coordinator: Dr Khalid AmrouchCourse Coordinator: Dr Khalid Amrouch
Dr Khalid Amrouch (Structural Geology and Geomechanics)
Dr Mark Bunch (Seismic Methods, processing and Interpretation)
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Develop a solid understanding of the techniques and skills that geologists use to locate and characterize oil, gas reservoirs. 2 Providing fundamental knowledge of seismic data acquisition, processing and interpretation as well as structural geology and geomechanics techniques. 3 Examine the applications of seismic, structural geology and geomechanics information for petroleum engineering, particularly drilling and reservoir engineering, in view of increasing your readiness to work into multi-disciplinary teams during your future career in the oil, gas or energy industry. 4 Improve student abilities to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
3, 5 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1, 2, 4, 5 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4, 5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
5 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Please bring pencils, coloured pencils, eraser, ruler and calculator to all lectures and practical classes.
“An Introduction to Geophysical Exploration”
By Philip Kearey, Michael Brooks and Ian Hill; published by Blackwell
“Fundamental of rock mechanics”
By Jaeger, Cook and Zimmerman; published by Blackwell
By Turcotte and Schubert; published by Cambridge University Press
“Introduction to Structural Geology”
By Fossen, Haakon, and Cambridge; New York : Cambridge University Press.
Lectures and practicals will be available on MyUni (http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/)
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
This course provides a solid base to the practical aspects of structural geology, geomechanics and seismic data acquisition, processing and interpretation. Weekly lectures are supported by problem-solving practical sessions, developing material covered in lectures.
During the course, we hope to have fun (a bit), to introduce you some of the key concepts and techniques used by geologists and geophysicists to explore for economic resources, map the geometries of these resources, and provide information to improve the management of these resources through time. Finally, we hope to imbue you with our enthusiasm for analysing the earth's subsurface and advancing the exploration and development of petroleum accumulations.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
There are two lectures (50 minutes each) and two practical sessions per week.
Learning Activities SummaryGeomechanics
Week Lecture Practical 1 Intro to the course and Seismic Methods & Structural Interpretation Interpreting Shot Gathers 2 Stratigraphic Interpretation/ Velocity Models & Time-to-Depth Conversion Seismic Horizon/Unconformity Interpretation (OpendTect) 3 Seismic Data Attributes and their Interpretation / Direct Hydrocarbon Indicators in Seismic Data Velocity Models & Time-to-Depth Conversion / Seismic Data Attributes and their Interpretation 4 4D (Time-Lapse) Seismic Surveys & Reservoir Monitoring 4D (Time-Lapse) Seismic Surveys & Reservoir Monitoring 5 Intro to Structural Geology/Faults Faults type and geometry 6
Fault seal analysis
Fault seal analysis
7 Folds/Traps Folds/Traps 8 Tectonic Regimes Tectonic Regimes 9 Source of Stresses Source of Stresses 10 Geomechanics Basic Concepts Geomechanics Basic Concepts 11
Geomechanics Stress Quantification
Geomechanics Stress Quantification
Geomechanics application in petroleum
Geomechanics application in petroleum
Specific Course Requirements
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes tutorials and quizzes 10.5 Individual formative Weeks 2-12 1. 2. 3. 4. oral presentations 14.5 Group Summative Week 6-7 1. 2. 5. Seismic projects 12 Group formative Weeks 8-12 1. 3. 5. Practicals 3 Individual formative Week 2-12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. final exam 60 Individual formative Week 13 1. 2. 3. 4. Total 100
This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
Assessment Related Requirements
You will be advised of the practical collected at the beginning of the prac session. Alternative test dates for students who cannot be present on the date of the test on medical and compassionate grounds can be requested through the Course Coordinator.
The course will be assessed with a weighting of 40% on practicals and quizzes and 60% based on the results of the final exam.
Submission of Work for Assessment
Practicals are to be completed within seven days of the practical session, with a completed copy of the assessment coversheet that is available from the school office. This should be signed to indicate you have read the above university policy statement on plagiarism, collusion and related forms of cheating.
Extensions for Assessment Tasks
Extensions of deadlines for assessment tasks will only be permitted for legitimate medical or compassionate reasons. Evidence for an extension on medical or compassionate grounds must be provided to the lecturer (e.g. copy of medical certificate).
Penalty for Late Submission of Assessment Tasks
Assessment tasks must be submitted by the stated deadlines. There will be a penalty for late submission of assessment tasks. The submitted work will be marked „without prejudice‟ and 10% of the obtained mark will be deducted for each day (or part of a day) that an assessment task is late, up to a maximum penalty of 50% of the mark attained. An examiner may elect not to accept any assessment task that a student wants to submit after that task has been marked and feedback provided to the rest of the class.
Provision of Feedback to Students
Exercises will be returned to students within three weeks of their submission.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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