PETROGEO 7021 - Petrophysics of Energy Resource Systems

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

Petrophysics of Energy Resource Systems will give participants an overview of well logging concepts, the measurement or inference of basic rock properties, the wellbore environment, petrophysical tools, interpretation concepts and the standard petrophysical analysis, interpretation and modelling workflow. Students will learn the best techniques in the interpretation of wireline logging tool datasets, including the determination of lithology, porosity, fluid content and movement, and net pay. Both, qualitative (quick look) and quantitative analyses methods are covered. Practical aspects, such as logging operations, including MWD, and logging program design will also be addressed. Practical examples are used throughout and case histories are used to demonstrate specific aspects. Specialised Methods and Recent Advances give an overview of dipmeter and borehole imaging logs, as well as NMR, and determination of permeability from logs. The main interactive modes of assessment will be through progressive petrophysical analyses to build up the complete picture of a geological energy resource system recorded by real well data. Industry-standard petrophysical reporting will also be demonstrated and assessed.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PETROGEO 7021
    Course Petrophysics of Energy Resource Systems
    Coordinating Unit Australian School of Petroleum & Energy Resources
    Term Semester 2
    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 ? 12 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 7012, PETROGEO 7022
    Assumed Knowledge Honours degree level training or equivalent in geoscience.
    Restrictions Available only to students undertaking the Master of Science in Petroleum Geoscience (to eventually be renamed MSc in Energy Geoscience)
    Assessment In-class tests; quizzes; spreadsheet exercises, reports; assignments; take-home end-of-course assessment (summative).
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1-4, 6

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    3, 5-7

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    1, 3-7

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    5, 7

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    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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