Geology For Non-Geologists
Training Course

4 Days

$2695 CAD

Upcoming Sessions
Calgary, Alberta

Tuesday, October 8, 2024
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday, October 9, 2024
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday, October 10, 2024
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday, October 11, 2024
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Register before September 12 and receive $100 off! Use the discount code EarlyBird.

Course Description
This popular four-day course will provide non-geologists with a practical understanding of the principles used by petroleum geologists in the search for oil and gas. The sessions will include both the scientific background and the practical applications of geology. The tools, techniques, and vocabulary of the petroleum geologist will be emphasized throughout the course.

Participants will learn to:

Who Should Attend
The course is designed for anyone in the oil and gas industry who does not have a geological background. Previous attendees include petroleum engineers, geophysicists, geotechs, finance and personnel officers, managers, administrative assistants, and accounting, IT, land, and public/investor relations personnel.

Day One
  • Introduction; the practice and profession of petroleum geology
  • Physical and historical geology; methodology – the principal of uniformity
  • Earth’s structure; the Big Picture – How the Earth works
    • Plate tectonics
    • Basin formation and importance to oil and gas
  • Rocks and minerals
    • Rock identification and classification: source rocks, reservoir rocks, and seals
    • Primary and secondary porosity
    • Permeability
  • Sedimentology
    • Depositional environments and their significance to reservoir rock properties
  • EXERCISE: rock and mineral identification
  • Origin, nature, and occurrence of petroleum
  • The Total Petroleum System concept
    • Primary and secondary migration of hydrocarbons
    • Conventional and unconventional resources – shale gas, oil shale, oil sands, gas hydrates

Day Two
  • Stratigraphy
    • Utility of fossils in oil and gas
    • Stratigraphic correlation
  • Geological time and dating events
    • Radiometric age dating
  • The geological time scale
  • Transgressions and regressions
    • Facies and prediction of reservoir trends
  • EXERCISES: working with cross sections and relative dating of events, creating and interpreting fence diagrams, facies mapping
  • Structural geology; determining the attitude of beds – strike and dip
    • Brittle vs. ductile deformation – folds, faults and fractures
  • Block diagrams: formation and description of petroleum traps

Day Three
  • History of petroleum exploration
  • Surface and subsurface mapping methods
    • Field work
  • Structural and stratigraphic cross-sections
  • Contouring
    • Structure maps
    • Isopach maps
  • Exploration methods - generating and evaluating prospects
  • EXERCISES: Geological map interpretation and constructing cross-sections, correlating cross-sections, structure contour mapping

Day Four

  • Introduction to wireline well logging
    • Picking tops
    • Calculating subsea values for structure mapping
    • Formation evaluation
    • Logging methods
    • Interpreting gamma ray
    • SP
    • Sonic
    • Neutron-density and PE curves
    • Image tools
    • Logging while drilling – geosteering
  • Calculating reserves – oil in place (OIP)
  • Geophysical methods
    • Seismic data acquisition, processing, and interpretation
    • Direct hydrocarbon indicators (DHI)
    • 2D, 3D, and 4D seismic
    • Multi-azimuth, VSP, and Microseismic applications
  • Geochemical methods
    • Microseeps
    • Surface soil sampling
  • Well-site geology
    • Sample examination
    • Oil and gas shows
    • Mud logs
    • Formation evaluation
    • Drill Stem tests
    • Sources of data
    • Scout tickets
    • Land/lease/license maps
    • Oil and gas field publications
    • Geological reports
  • EXERCISES: Log interpretation – picking tops, determining lithology, calculating porosity, water saturation, and calculating reserves

Paul H. Pausé, P.Geol
Paul H. Pausé is an independent petroleum geologist in Midland, Texas, centrally located in the prolific and currently booming Permian Basin of west Texas and southeast New Mexico.He earned a bachelor's degree in geology at the University of California at Berkeley, and a master's degree in geology at UCLA. 

Paul began his career as a petroleum geologist with AtlanticRichfield Company, and moved to Midland, Texas, with ARCO in 1977.  After leaving ARCO, he worked for JM Huber, Davis Oil, and HCW Exploration.  Paul now consults on exploration and development projects, generates and sells his own drilling prospects, and teaches courses in petroleum geology at the Petroleum Professional Development Center in Midland, and worldwide through public and in-house offerings.
Paul is an active member of several professional societies including the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Geological Society of America, the Geological Society of London, the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain, the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES), and the West Texas Geological Society.

Paul has received the Dedicated Service award from the WTGS and the Permian Basin Section SEPM and has been awarded Honorary Life Membership in both organizations, their highest recognition.  He is a recipient of the A.I. Levorsen Award for Best Paper Presentation at the Southwest Section meeting of the AAPG.

Paul is currently President of the Southwest Section AAPG

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