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TITLE Prospect Generation and Geoinformatics

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Geosciences

DESCRIPTION - Seismic interpretation, picking wavelets, well ties, synthetic seismograms, depth conversion, contouring & mapping, seismic attributes, structural control, facies analysis, seismic stratigraphy;
- Use of work stations such as Kingdom Suite (TM) for seismic interpretation;
- Prospect evaluation - potential reserves and risk analysis;
- Well proposal - regional geology, hydrocarbon habitat, exploration history, structural/stratigraphic maps, well prognosis, risks, economics, well costs;
- Geoinformatics, maps, aerial photos, contouring, terrain data, relief map, geological map, drainage map, structure map, facies map, anomaly map, dip map, etc.;
- Compilation of base maps, map design and layout, lettering and typology, tools and techniques for map-drawing, map-reproduction, computer assisted cartography;
- Image processing & interpretation, tone, colour, texture, landforms, drainage pattern, soil and vegetation, GIS.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to provide the knowledge of the principles of seismic structural and stratigraphic interpretation needed to develop an understanding of prospect generation and evaluation. The unit also aims to provide the student knowledge of geoinformatics in general and the use of a seismic work station for the generation of structural and stratigraphic maps, and maps of other seismic attributes.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to understand the:
- Concepts used in seismic interpretation including seismic attributes;
- Nature of seismic interpretation pitfalls;
- Techniques of seismic interpretation including mapping and use of work stations;
- Principles of prospect generation, geological risk and economic evaluation.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Undertake seismic interpretation on work stations;
- Generate structural and stratigraphic maps and maps of other seismic attributes;
- Generate prospects and evaluate their geologic risks and potential economics;
- Research and synthesise local and regional information of relevance to the evaluation of the petroleum potential of prospects;
- Make well prognoses for prospects;
- Select and use mapping and other presentation techniques in a variety of situations;
- Prepare a prospect evaluation report for presentation to management.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- R Simm, M Bacon (2014 ) Seismic Amplitude: An Interpreter's Handbook, Cambridge University Press.
- M Bacon, R Simm (2007) 3D Seismic Interpretation, Cambridge University Press.
- Robert Stoneley (1995) Introduction to Petroleum Exploration for Non-Geologists, Oxford University Press.
- W Ashcroft (2011) A petroleum Geologist's Guide to Seismic Reflection, Wiley-BlackWell.
- G.R. Keller, C. Baru (2011) Geoinformatics: Cyberinformation for the Solid Earth Science, Cambridge University Press.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: Honours degree, 2nd upper or above, in Science, Engineering or a related discipline

Co-requisite Study-units: GSC5200, GSC5205, GSC5206, GSC5207, GSC5209


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 20%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 80%

LECTURER/S Julie Ann Auerbach
Godwin Debono (Co-ord.)

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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