PETROENG 7067 - Advanced Geomechanics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

This course comprises an integrated set of modules focusing on rock mechanics, structural geology, source of stresses in the subsurface and petroleum geomechanics to cover a large range of geomechanical issues such as stress quantification, pore pressure prediction, brittle deformation and fluid flow interaction, determination of optimally stable and productive well trajectories. The course is designed for petroleum and subsurface resources engineers, and for engineers or scientists interested in understanding the stresses in the earth subsurface.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PETROENG 7067
    Course Advanced Geomechanics
    Coordinating Unit Australian School of Petroleum & Energy Resources
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Intensive format
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Assessment, oral examination and final examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Khalid Amrouch

    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 PETROENG 7067 - Advanced Geomechanics, students will learn about:
    1- Rock mechanics (forces, stress and strain and Mohr's circle of stress) 
    2- Geomechanics (understanding the difference between Rock and Geo-Mechanics);
    3- Fault mechanics (fault/fracture meshes, and the Andersonian classification of faults);
    4- 2D, 3D and 4D stress quantification and Basic Structural Geology;
    5- Pore Pressure Prediction;
    6- Geomechanics applications in Subsurface Resources.
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    “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
  • 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.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
    There are twelve half-days intensive format lectures (9am - 1pm or 1pm - 5pm) during the first semester.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Please refer to the Program coordinator Dr Alireza Salmachi (

  • Assessment

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    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
    Assessed exercises include activities such as take-home assignments, practical class exercises and oral presentations.
    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

    No information currently available.

    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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