C&ENVENG 7052 - Geostatistical Simulation

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

Concepts - differences between estimation and simulation. Monte Carlo simulation. Extension MC to spatially correlated simulation. Conditional and non-conditional simulation. The turning bands method of simulation. Simulating coregionalisations (multivariate spatial correlations). The LU decomposition method of simulation. Sequential methods - sequential Gaussian, sequential indicator simulation. Simulating geological structures - indicator simulation, truncated Gaussian simulation, plurigaussian simulation

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 7052
    Course Geostatistical Simulation
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Block teaching mode, 9-5, Mon-Fri, one week only
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites C&ENVENG 7056, STATS 7061
    Corequisites STATS 7062
    Restrictions Available to M. Geostatistics students only
    Assessment coursework 50%, formal written exam 50%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Peter Dowd

    Course Timetable

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

    The course runs in intensive mode 9-5pm each day for one week with a mixture of tutorials and lectures. An hour break is provided for lunch. Assignments are to be completed in remaining time outside contact hours.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course students will:

    1. have a detailed appreciation of the rationale of simulation and, in particular, the differences between simulation and estimation and when each is appropriate to use,

    2. be able demonstrate the ability to apply simple dilution methods of simulation by writing a simple computer program and generating and interpreting output,

    3. have a broad understanding of the methods, advantages and disadvantages of the various commonly used forms of geostatistical simulation, and

    4. be able to use computer programs (e.g., GeostatWin) to generate and interpret geostatistical simulations using the various methods.

    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)
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Lecture notes are required reading for this course.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Delivery is intensive mode, involving: lectures, tutorials and examples classes.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A standard 3 unit load is 156 hours. 35 hours are allocated for lectures and tutorials. Approximately 120 hours are allocated to completing assignments and revising for the exam.
    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

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    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
    50% coursework and 50% formal, written examination.
    Assessment Detail

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    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

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