N356 Production Geoscience (Pembrokeshire, UK)
N356 Production Geoscience (Pembrokeshire, UK)
Production geoscience is a common job in E&P, but many petroleum engineers do not receive specific training in the discipline and geoscientists often receive more specific sub-discipline geoscience training. The course will integrate the specialisms of sedimentology, stratigraphy, structure and seismic interpretation into a coherent subsurface concept. That concept is then used to generate deliverables such as resource determination, well planning and input to production forecasting.
A five-day field course with a mix of classroom tuition and fieldwork. Case material and use of the outcrops as exercise material will be a focus of the class.
Participants will learn to:
Production geoscience is a common job in E&P, but many petroleum engineers do not receive specific training in the discipline. Even geology graduates will normally have received training in more specific sub-disciplines of geoscience, rather than practical application of geoscience in the production environment.
By its nature, production geoscience involves the integration of specialisms in sedimentology, stratigraphy, structure and seismic interpretation into a coherent subsurface concept. That concept is then used to generate deliverables such as resource determination, well planning and input to production forecasting.
The competent geoscientist also has to be able to know when and how to update the concept for new data, notably when surprises happen.
The course is therefore about practical integration and application of diverse data and knowledge into real world petroleum engineering deliverables. The chosen field location is ideal as it offers a wide range of reservoir types in a small location, superbly exposed. This allows for a highly practical class and field event with minimal daily transport.
Topics to be studied include:
Day 0 - Fly to London Heathrow and transfer to Tenby, Pembrokeshire.
Day 1 - Structure and seismic-based, outcrops in Saundersfoot.
Day 2 - Structure–based, outcrops in Stackpole.
Day 3 - Stratigraphy-based, outcrops in Freshwater West and Manorbier.
Day 4 - Sedimentology-based, outcrops in Amroth.
Day 5 - Application-based, outcrops around Tenby.
Day 6 - Transfer back to Heathrow and depart.
This is a cross-discipline course and is designed primarily for non-geologists working in petroleum engineering, i.e. reservoir engineers, geophysicists, petrophysicists and well engineers who do not have geoscience as their core discipline but work with geologists. The course is also of use to those providing technical support to production geoscientists, or to geologists moving into production from exploration. The course may also be of value to geologists just starting work as production geoscientists, as a practical supplement to sub-discipline-based training.
There are no formal prerequisites for this class but for non-geologists N253 (Geoscience for the Oil Industry: The Jurassic Coast Petroleum System) or N140 (Introduction to the Earth Sciences and the Oil Industry) would be a good primer. Junior geologists might like to consider as a follow-on to this course N008 (An Introduction to Reservoir Appraisal and Devlopment) and N012 (Reservoir Modelling Field Class). Linking courses include N019 (Play Fairway Analysis: a Tool for Effective exploration and Risk Quantification) and N031 (Prospect Evaluation and Volumetric Methods).
The physical demands for this course are LOW according to the Nautilus field course grading system. The outcrops comprise sea cliffs and wave-cut rocky platforms with access via cliff top paths and sandy beaches. Walks on most days will be up to 2/3 km.
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Mark has 33 years industry experience, initially as a production geologist with Shell, working in the UK, Oman and the Netherlands and subsequently training and consulting with TRACS. He has spent most of his career working in integrated study teams on a wide variety of reservoir assets. His specialist fields of expertise are 3D reservoir modeling and scenario-based approaches to handling subsurface uncertainty and risk. He publishes widely on the topic and co-authored the reference text 'Reservoir Model Design' with Phil Ringrose.
In addition to his role as Training Director at AGR TRACS, he is also an Associate Professor in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, holding a Chair in the field of Mature Field Management.
Affiliations and Accreditation
PhD University College of Wales, (Aberystwyth) - Structural Geology
BSc University College of Wales, (Aberystwyth) - Geology
Fellow of the Geological Society, London
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