Geosciences: from Basin Exploration to Discovery Certification


Who should attend?

  • 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 for play assessment and prospect definition.
Audience :
  • Newly-hired geoscientists or reservoir engineers with no or limited experience in geology, geophysics and involved in exploration projects, from basin analysis to prospect generation.

Level : Proficiency

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 exploration techniques via an extensive exposure to 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 tools and techniques; seismic and well data analysis and interpretation; basin analysis (infilling and architecture) and assessment (trap geometry prediction); prospect generation; basin modeling; exploration project workshop (case study).

      Part 1: Exploration Tools and Techniques (40 days)

      Fundamental petroleum geosciences:

      • Play assessment: from basin analysis to exploration opportunities.
      • Structural geology, basin development and associated traps.
      • Petroleum systems (hydrocarbons from source rock to reservoirs).
      • 3D seismic interpretation workshop (structural model construction and trap analysis - 2 weeks).

      Well log analysis:

      • Well logging and qualitative log interpretation.
      • Quantitative well log analysis.
      • Assimilation workshop:
      • Review and synthesis of exploration tools (Assimilation workshop) - Presentations.

      Part 2: Basin Analysis and Assessment (40 days)

      Sedimentology, stratigraphy and seismic:

      • Fundamentals of sedimentology (clastics and carbonates)
      • Applied sedimentology in the field (geological objects vs. exploration tools).
      • Core description and facies analysis.
      • Sedimentological well log interpretation.
      • Sedimentology & sequence stratigraphy (workshop).
      • Seismic interpretation and attributes analysis workshop: qualitative and quantitative methods.

      Prospect evaluation:

      • Play assessment and prospect generation.

      Paper review workshop:

      • Synthesis of regional exploration (paper review workshop) - Presentations.

      Part 3: Basin Modeling Workshop (30 days)

      Basin modeling:

      • Stratigraphic modeling (basin architecture and sediment distribution).
      • Basin modeling (thermicity, maturation and migration).

      Final project - Hands-on workshop:

      • Team workshop on case study.
      • Reporting and final presentations.

      • 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 the final results of a project to a jury.

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,
  • analyze and interpret a dataset, and integrate it to build a coherent model for basin assessment,
  • integrate data and process leading to play assessment and prospects definition.

Ways & Means

  • Hands-on activities and simulations on real cases.
  • Emphasis on practical work to develop participants’ autonomy and appropriate decisions.
  • Both personal and group work, team-building, group discussion in results and workflows.
  • Software tools used in the petroleum industry.


  • An international recognition of your competencies.
  • A Graduate Certificate is delivered.
  • An expertise confirmed in Geosciences: from Basin Exploration to Discovery .
  • Ready-to-use skills.