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E-110C - Geosciences: from Basin Exploration to Discovery Certification

E-110C - Geosciences: from Basin Exploration to Discovery Certification

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


    • Geologists, geophysicists and reservoir engineers involved in exploration projects, from basin analysis to prospect generation as well as newly-hired geoscientists with limited experience.


  • Proficiency
  • This course provides a comprehensive, practical knowledge of basin exploration, analysis and modeling workflow.
  • To develop competencies and know-how via hands-on activities, case studies and simulations based on state-of-the-art techniques and methods for basin analysis, assessment and modeling.
  • To get familiar with the exploration workflow: from play assessment to prospect generation and related risk evaluation.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • understand analysis methods and techniques applied to basin exploration and be aware of related challenges,
  • analyze and interpret a dataset from a specific basin, and integrate the data in order to characterize the petroleum system,
  • learn how to build structural, stratigraphic and sedimentological models, and track back basin evolution in order to identify potential plays and generate related prospects,
  • characterize the evolution of a basin, and build the corresponding stratigraphic and thermal models,
  • contribute to reducing uncertainty and risks along the exploration process.
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:
  • Hunting for Oil: Exploration & Upstream overview (“Serious game” simulation).
  • 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.
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Ways & Means
  • A large part of the training program 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 works will contribute to stimulating communication and debate about results, and team-building.
  • 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-110C - Geosciences: from Basin Exploration to Discovery Certification.
  • Ready-to-use skills.