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An Introduction to Petroleum Geology

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

----------------------------------------------- Course Description:-

This 2-day Introduction to Petroleum Geology course is designed for anyone interested in basic petroleum geology, hydrocarbon structure, and geological methods.

This course is designed as a non-technical overview to give the participant a good understanding of why hydrocarbon is produced in certain areas and how it is found. Participants can expect to learn terminology and methods commonly used in the industry.

A complete set of course materials and lunch is included in the Introduction to Petroleum Geology course.

-------------------------------------------- Who Should Attend:-

An Introduction to Petroleum Geology is a non-technical overview of Geology and is open to anyone in any discipline in the Oil and Gas industry.

------------------------------------------------- Course Outline:-

The following topics are covered in An Introduction to Petroleum Geology

Geology Basics

•Minerals and Rocks



◦Rocks that hold hydrocarbon – Porosity


•Sedimentary rocks




•From Sediment to stone

◦Compaction and lithification

•The Structure of the Earth

•Plate tectonics – the theory

◦Importance to the petroleum industry

•Structural Geology

◦Folding and faulting

•Geologic Time and the Time Scale

•Stratigraphic Correlation Chart


◦Stratigraphic exercise

•The influence of the ocean on sedimentation

•Sedimentary Environments of Deposition

•Sedimentary Basins and the WCSB

Understanding Hydrocarbon

•Methane and moving hydrocarbon to market

•Composition of Natural Gas

◦Molecules and humans

◦Natural gas and the series

◦Coal bed methane


◦Gas terminology

◦Impurities common with natural gas production


•Oil – Petroleum

◦API gravity; light, medium, heavy

◦Conventional resources/non-conventional resources

◦Impurities common with oil production

•Hydrocarbon series

•Oil field water

◦Formation water

◦Chemical components

◦Handling and disposal

•Geothermal Gradient

•Predicting the existence of hydrocarbon

◦Source – origin of hydrocarbon

◾Organic or inorganic

◦Reservoir – hydrocarbon storage

◾Porosity and permeability

◦Trap – keeping it in the subsurface

◾Stratigraphic or structural

◦Migration – movement in the subsurface

◾Primary and secondary

Finding a location to drill – Search for hydrocarbon

•Step 1: Locate a sedimentary basin

Examine the Earth’s history

•Step 2: Find any information possible about the subsurface geology

◦Offset well data

◾Well logs

◾Drill stem tests

◾Drill cuttings

◾Core Analyses

◦Geophysical information

•Step 3: Use offset well data to build a model ◦Mapping

◾Structure Maps

◾Isopach maps

◾Other maps

◾Mapping exercise

◦Cross Sections



◦Cross section exercise

Geophysics – basics

•Gravity and Magnetics


◦First uses, WWII and Leduc

◦Acquiring seismic

◦The seismic section


◦Brokers and governments

------------------------------------------------- Instructor:-

Annelise Freeman Annelise Freeman is a Calgary-based geologist who has extensively worked the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin and onshore basins of Australia in the search for oil and gas.

Annelise holds a B.Sc. in geology (1986, University of Calgary), and has been teaching courses for Mount Royal University for over 15 years. She is the sole author of the book “Exploring the Petroleum Industry” and is a member of AAPG and APEGA.

Annelise enjoys hiking and searching for fossils and minerals and loves nothing better than exploring the backroads of Alberta and the western States.

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