PETROGEO 7011 - Advanced Energy Geoscience

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023

PETROGEO 7011 builds on PETROGEO 7010 and covers advanced topics in sedimentology, stratigraphy, structural geology and geomechanics, seismic data acquisition and processing, seismic interpretation, image log interpretation, and geostatistics and machine learning. Emphasis is placed on the application of advanced techniques and concepts for the analysis and interpretation of subsurface sedimentary rock systems at a variety of scales relevant to exploration and production operations for both conventional and unconventional petroleum resources, resources for gas energy storage and by-product sequestration, water resources and geothermal resources.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PETROGEO 7011
    Course Advanced Energy Geoscience
    Coordinating Unit Australian School of Petroleum & Energy Resources
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per day (classroom sessions taught in intensive short-course mode ? 11 classroom days required).
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Honours degree level training or equivalent in Geoscience ? no specific course pre-requisites; Honours degree GPA of 5/7 or greater; substantive research project experience or equivalent workplace experience in a related technical role
    Corequisites PETROGEO 7010, PETROGEO 7012 & PETROGEO 7013
    Assumed Knowledge Honours degree level training or equivalent in Geoscience.
    Restrictions Master of Science in Petroleum Geoscience
    Assessment Possible field trip assessment/report; in-class tests; quizzes; image log interpretation exercise; seismic acquisition, processing and advanced interpretation exercises; oral presentation; take-home end-of-course assessment (summative).
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Khalid Amrouch

    Structural Geology and Geomechanics: Khalid Amrouch
    Sedimentology and Stratigraphy: Kathryn Amos and Ulrike Schacht
    Petroleum System: Simon Holford
    geophysics, Geostatistics and Machine Learning: Mark Bunch

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Upon successful completion of PETROGEO 7011, students will have:
    1 1. From Structural Geology & Geomechanics
    - Knowledge of Rock mechanics parameters (forces, stress and strain and Mohr's circle of stress) and fault mechanics (fault/fracture meshes, and the Andersonian classification of faults);
    - Principles of dynamic part of structural geology analysis, in different structural styles associated with extension, compression, inversion and strike-slip.
    2 From Sedimentology & Stratigraphy:
    - Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge to the interpretation and correlation of wireline log data to produce palaeogeographic interpretations and facies maps;
    - Knowledge about 'carbonates' and why are they important? Carbonate depositional environments; Carbonate grain types and composition; Carbonate classification; Carbonate diagenesis and Clastic vs Carbonate sediments;
    3 From Petroleum System:
    - Specialist knowledge of fluid flow in sedimentary basins subject to multiple phases of deformation, and experience in appraising their resource potential.
    4 Image Logging
    - Understand the principles of image logging techniques;
    - Know how to interpret image log data and apply findings to the interpretation of structural geology and sedimentary stratigraphy.
    5 From Seismic interpretation, acquisition and processing:
    - Understand the principles of seismic survey acquisition design;
    - Understand the principles of, and need for, seismic reflection survey data processing;
    - Know how seismic survey acquisition design and data processing both affect the final seismic survey dataset used for interpretation.
    6 From Geostatistics and Machine Learning:
    - Understand the principles of spatial statistics and their relationship to geological variables;
    - Know how to model spatial estimation of a random variable and how to simulate spatial statistical realisations;
    - Know the principles and applications of machine learning to demonstrate and model data relationships in hyper-dimensional data space.
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    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

    “Introduction to Structural Geology”
    By Fossen, Haakon, and Cambridge; New York : Cambridge University Press
    Online Learning
    Lectures and practicals will be available on MyUni (
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be taught in intensive format, with modules scheduled during Semester 1. During the dates of this course, students are expected to attend class each week day, between 9am and 5pm. Activities will include lectures, practicals, research, individual and group work. Coursework activities to be completed outside of class time are a part of the expected student workload within this course.

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

    There are three weeks intensive format lectures (9am - 5pm) during the first semester.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Please refer to the curriculum of Petroleum Geoscience Program 2016.
  • 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 includes a final exam and assessment of work completed during the semester. The only change in mode is that a final time-limited exam covering Structural Geology & Geomechanics topics will probably become a digital take-home question booklet to answer and submit online via MyUni.
    Assessment Detail
    Late submission policy:
    Work will be marked without prejudice, and 10% of the obtained mark will be deducted for each 24 hour period (or part of) 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.
    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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