PETROGEO 7021 - Advanced Petroleum Geoscience II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

PETROGEO 7021 covers topics in seismic data acquisition and processing, and seismic interpretation, which build on the principles of seismic data interpretation presented in PETROGEO 7011. The Acquisition and Processing module will introduce the equipment used to collect seismic data; and the considerations in planning a survey. It will also outline the techniques used to process seismic field data to produce seismic images of the subsurface. The Interpretation module will cover quantitative interpretation topics including thin bed interpretation, direct hydrocarbon indicators (DHI), amplitude versus offset (AVO), seismic attributes, inversion, and 4D seismic surveying. There is also a one-day course in the interpretation of image log data.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PETROGEO 7021
    Course Advanced Petroleum Geoscience II
    Coordinating Unit Australian School of Petroleum & Energy Resources
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact This course will be taught in intensive format, with modules scheduled in a block during Semester.
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites PETROGEO 7010, 7011, 7012, 7013 or Demonstrated Training and/or Experience in Applying Fundamental Principles of Seismic Wave Theory & both Seismic and Wireline Log Interpretation.
    Assumed Knowledge Fundamental Principles of Seismic Wave Theory, Seismic Interpretation & Wireline Log Interpretation.
    Assessment Assessment may include an end of semester assignment or an exam to supplement assessment of work throughout the semester.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Mark Bunch

    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 Fundamental knowledge of the principles and practice of seismic data acquisition, processing, and selected advanced techniques for seismic interpretation.
    2 Demonstrated understanding of the important parameters and process for designing a seismic survey.
    3 Demonstrated understanding of the important processes and workflow for seismic processing.
    4 Demonstrated capability to use selected advanced seismic interpretation techniques for hydrocarbon exploration and development.
    5 Demonstrated ability to work in a team to plan and execute tasks involving seismic reflection technology.
    6 Experience in the analysis, synthesis and interpretation of petroleum industry-standard seismic data.
    7 Communicated their knowledge and understanding to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.

    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)
    1-4, 6
    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
    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
    3, 5-7
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 3-7
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    5, 7
    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
    5, 7
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Evans, BJ, 1997. A Handbook for Seismic Data Acquisition in Exploration. Geophysical Monograph Series No. 7, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa.

    Yilmaz, O, 2001. Seismic Data Analysis (2 Volumes) - Investigations in Geophysics No. 10, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa.

    Brown, AR, 2011.  Interpretation of Three-Dimensional Seismic Data, 7th Edition, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Tulsa.
    Online Learning
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures are presented in the mornings.  Afternoons are devoted to practical work.  Practical tasks are designed in order that students can synthesise theoretical concepts learned earlier in the day.  These tasks take the forms of hands-on exercises and extended challenges in processing and interpretation of 3D seismic datasets using computer workstations and industry-standard software.

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

    This information is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with course requirements.  This block course involves approximately the same number of contact hours as would be delivered in a semesterised course.  You should spend between one and two times the number of contact hours out of class engaged in further learning, revision, reading more widely about the topics covered, practicing example problems, finishing exercises, etc.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Details of the topics to be covered each day will be provided during the first lecture of each course component.
  • 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
    Seismic Acquisition & Processing Class Exercises 9 Individual Formative Week 1 1. 2. 6.
    Seismic Data Processing Group Practical Exercise 13 Group Summative Week 1 1. 3. 5. 6. 7.
    Advanced Seismic Interpretation Class Exercises 11 Individual Formative Week 2 1. 4. 6.
    Advanced Seismic Interpretation Group Practical Oral Presentation 4 Group Formative Week 2 1. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    Advanced Seismic Interpretation Group Practical Report 13 Group Summative Week 2 1. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    Examination 50 Individual Summative Week 14 1. 2. 3. 4. 6.
    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
    The final course mark will be a weighted average of each subject component, with applied weights being in proportion with the duration of contact days per subject component.
    Assessment Detail
    Exam questions will comprise mainly interpretive questions, along with some descriptive ones. Answers will range from the result of a calculation, through to a brief essay, but most questions will require no more than a paragraph or two.

    Details concerning the nature and requirements of assessed practical assignments will be explained during the introductory lectures of each subject component.
    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 thereof) that an assessment task is late for submission, 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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