PETROENG 3019 - Structural Geology & Seismic Methods

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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
    Restrictions Available to BE(Petroleum) students only
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Khalid Amrouch

    Course Coordinator: Dr Khalid Amrouch
    Teaching staff:
    Dr Khalid Amrouch (structural Geology and Geomechanics)
    Dr Mark Bunch (Seismic Methods, processing and Interpretation)
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

     
    1 Develop a solid understanding of the techniques and skills used to locate and characterize oil, gas and geothermal reservoirs
    2 Providing fundamental knowledge of structural geology and geomechanics techniques
    3 Providing fundamental knowledge of seismic data acquisition, processing and interpretation
    4 Examine the applications of seismic and structural geology and geomechanics information for petroleum engineering, in view of increasing the future engineers readiness to work into multi-disciplinary teams during their future career in the oil, gas or energy industry
    5 Improve student abilities to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment

     
    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.4   1.5   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.4   3.1   3.2   3.3   3.4   3.6   

    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
    4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Please bring pencils, coloured pencils, eraser, ruler and calculator to all lectures and practical classes.

    Recommended Resources

    “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

    “Geodynamics”
    By Turcotte and Schubert; published by Cambridge University Press

    “Introduction to Structural Geology”
    By Fossen, Haakon, and Cambridge; New York : Cambridge University Press.

    Online Learning

    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 for and development of petroleum accumulations.

    Workload

    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 Summary
    Geomechanics
    Week Lecture Practical
    1 Intro to the course and structural geology/faults Intro to the course and structural geology
    2 Faults/Fault seal analysis Faults/Fault seal analysis
    3 Folds/Traps Folds/Traps
    4 Tectonic regimes Tectonic regimes
    5 Source of Stresses Source of Stresses
    6 Geomechanics Geomechanics
    7 Geomechanics Geomechanics
    8 Seismic Methods  Seismic Methods
    9 Velocity anomalies and depth conversion Seismic interpretation
    10 Seismic attributes, DHIs/Data acquisition Seismic attributes
    11 Processing methods Processing methods
    12 Processing methods/ACO, time lapse seismology Processing methods
    Specific Course Requirements

    Not Applicable

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    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
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
     
    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.

    Assessment Detail

    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

    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.

    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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