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E-120C - Basin Assessment & Modeling Certification

E-120C - Basin Assessment & Modeling Certification

60 days
This course is not scheduled.
Who should attend?


    • Geologists, geophysicists and reservoir engineers, with 1 to 3 years of experience involved in basin analysis and prospect generation, and in the evaluation of exploration-related risks.


  • Proficiency
  • This course provides a comprehensive, practical knowledge of basin exploration, analysis & modeling workflow, and to develop competencies and know-how via hands-on activities, case studies and simulations based on state-of-the-art techniques and methods for play assessment and prospect definition.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • have a clear comprehension of analysis methods and techniques applied to basin exploration and related challenges,
  • analyze and interpret a dataset from a specific basin, and integrate the data in order to elaborate a reliable petroleum system model,
  • build a structural, stratigraphic and sedimentological model, and track back basin evolution in order to understand play concept and define related prospects,
  • characterize the evolution of a basin, and build the corresponding stratigraphic and thermal models,
  • contribute to the reduction of uncertainty and risks, and optimize investments.
Course Content


  • Lectures, hands-on activities and case studies are distributed in several modules of 1-2 weeks long.
  • Training content presents a clear operational orientation in order for participants to get familiar with specific techniques via an extensive exposure to simulations on real cases allowing them to anticipate the problems they will have to cope with later in their own projects.
  • The course covers the following topics: Petroleum exploration techniques and methods; Petroleum system analysis; Seismic and well data interpretation; Basin infilling and architecture for trap geometry prediction; Prospect generation and assessment of related risks and uncertainties; Basin analysis and modeling.
  • Part 1: Exploration techniques (15 days)
  • Petroleum geology
  • Hunting for Oil (serious game on E&P overview) (E-101).
  • Petroleum systems (hydrocarbons from source rock to reservoirs) (E-121).
  • Structural geology, basin development and associated traps (E-122).
  • Part 2: Basin analysis (30 days)
  • Well log analysis (15 days)
  • Sedimentology and sedimentological well log interpretation.
  • Well logging and qualitative log interpretation (E-123).
  • Quantitative well log analysis (E-221).
  • Seismic and stratigraphy (15 days)
  • 3D seismic interpretation workshop (structural & stratigraphic) (E-124).
  • Sedimentology & sequence stratigraphy workshop (E-125).
  • Part 3: Basin evaluation and modeling (15 days)
  • Prospect evaluation (5 days)
  • Play assessment and prospect generation (E-126).
  • Final project – Basin modeling workshop (10 days)
  • Stratigraphic modeling (basin architecture and sediment distribution) (E‑127).
  • Basin modeling (thermicity, maturation and migration) (E-128).


  • The training program ends with a project on a real case. Participants are involved in a simulated situation and their mission is to summarize, integrate and apply acquired knowledge. Each team will present final results of a project to a jury.
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Ways & Means
  • An important part of the formation is dedicated to hands-on activities and simulations on real cases.
  • Emphasis is put on practical work to develop participants’ autonomy and their capacity to make appropriate decisions.
  • Both personal and group work will contribute to team-building, stimulate debating and communicating about results.
  • Case studies are carried out on most popular software tools used in the petroleum industry.
  • An international recognition of your competencies.
  • A Graduate Certificate is obtained.
  • An expertise confirmed in E-120C - Basin Assessment & Modeling Certification.
  • Ready-to-use skills.