Online Short-Course on Oil and Gas Exploration Methods

Course Details

Welcome to the Online Short-Course on Hydrocarbon Exploration Methods. We understand that with the global pandemic, oil price crash, and with most companies slashing training budgets, travel expenses are the biggest hurdle in getting the training you need.

To acquire the best acreage in a hydrocarbon play, and to drill profitable wells, explorers must have an adequate and holistic understanding of petroleum system elements at the regional, play and prospect scales.  This short course introduces (and applies through collaborative mapping exercises) the datasets and workflows that the explorationist needs to consider when assessing new opportunities, planning wells or evaluating data acquisition requirements.  Emphasis is placed on fundamental geologic understanding, multidisciplinary data integration, team collaboration, and consistency to define play fairways and rank common risk segments.

Course notes and exercise materials will be provided to you using a dropbox link. The price of this module is $300.

Each module runs for 3-hours and is taught live on Zoom so you have an opportunity to be interactive and ask the instructor questions.  

Who Should Attend

• Geologists • Geophysicists • Petrophysicists • Engineers  • Graduate Students (Masters or Doctorate) 

Everyone who is involved in the initial screening, finding leads, prospect evaluation, and well planning during exploration.

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    Course Outline

    Module 1

    In this module, we address each petroleum system element and the many subsurface datasets that can be used to characterize them — including potential fields, seismic, well logs and petrophysics, geochemical, thermal, and production data – and discuss data utilities, limitations, and ways to integrate data to build conventional plays and prospects.  We also address how to choose appropriate geologic models and analogs, evaluate data quality, assess uncertainty, and strategies to mitigate common cognitive biases that can impact explorers’ interpretations.

    Our location

    Our headquarters are twenty minutes away from downtown Denver and half an hour from the largest core facility in the United States. Or field office in Ouray allows us quick access to world-class outcrops in Utah and New Mexico.