GEO 330K Energy Exploration

Energy Exploration (GEO 330K)

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Course Description
This course exposes the upper level undergraduate in Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering to energy exploration geology. We will cover fundamental elements of the petroleum system, including the origin of source rocks, rock properties, migration of hydrocarbons, and correlation methods of rock formations. During the final weeks of the course students participate in a ‘lease sale’: students will be placed into exploration teams and will work up real subsurface data from the Gulf of Mexico based on skills learned over the semester. Explorationists and Engineers from BHP will evaluate the exploration projects. Highlights include:

* Seismic Stratigraphy * Team-based Project
* Wireline log analysis * Exploration Project in Gulf of Mexico
* Trap Analysis * Risk and Uncertainty Analysis

A special emphasis will be placed on the growing need to integrate skills in petroleum engineering, geophysics and geology in the search for hydrocarbons. The course is recommended for students interested in applied geology, whether petroleum or hydrogeology. It will serve as excellent preparation for the Imperial Barrel Competition pursued each year by the Jackson School.

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Lease Sale Spring 2012

Gluyas, J. and Swarbrick, R., 2004, Petroleum Geoscience, Blackwell Publishing Company, 359 p. Recommended class text

Other background reading:
Selley, Richard C., 1998, Elements of Petroleum Geology 2nd ed., Academic Press, 470 p.
A squith, G., 1982, Basic Well Log Analysis for Geologists, Methods in Exploration Series, AAPG, 216 p.
Yergin, D., The Prize, Simon and Schuster, 885 p.
Levorsen, A.I., 1967, Geology of Petroleum, W. H. Freeman and Company, 724 p.