N443 Essentials of Geophysics

Course Facts

Course Code:
1 days
0.8 Continuing Education Units
8 Professional Development Hours
Certificate Issued Upon Completion


This course is an introduction to geophysical technologies currently being applied to solve petroleum exploration and production problems. Participants will learn how projects are executed, how certain tools might be used to evaluate projects, and be exposed to terminology that will facilitate multidisciplinary teamwork.

Duration and Training Method

This is a one-day classroom course with lectures and exercises. Participants will work through a simple seismic interpretation problem on paper.

Participants will learn to:

  1. Explain how various geophysical tools might be used to evaluate oil and gas projects.
  2. Identify the limitations of certain tools.
  3. Outline the stages of a seismic project and examine key milestones.
  4. Participate in team discussions to insure that project objectives are met.
  5. Recognize what can go wrong.
  1. Why use geophysical data?
  2. Reservoir response to seismic waves: What we should expect to see?
  3. 3D seismic acquisition and processing: How is it done? At what cost?
  4. Seismic reflection amplitudes: What geologic information do they contain?
  5. Seismic interpretation: What is involved?
  6. Seismic tools that can add value to your drilling programs.

Who should attend

This course is designed for engineers, supervisors, and those who would like to have a better understanding of how geophysical data is acquired and analyzed, and how it might impact oil and gas projects.

Prerequisites and linking courses

There are no prerequisites for this course. Participants should have a general understanding of petroleum industry terms and practices.

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John Randolph