Introduction to Basin Exploration


Who should attend?

  • This course provides a practical knowledge of petroleum exploration. It aims to develop required competencies for an effective participation in multidisciplinary project teams.
Audience :
  • Non-geoscientific technicians interested in petroleum exploration techniques, young professionals in geosciences with limited experience in the E&P industry.

Level : Foundation

Course Content


      • Basin potential evaluation, play concept assessment and prospect generation.
      • Risk analysis. Probability of success.
      • Prospect ranking. Decision-making process. License block leasing.
      • Examples.

      • Basin analysis:
      • Geodynamics: earth deformation and basin structuration (extensional & compressional).
      • Review of geological environments and related reservoir distribution.
      • Sedimentary basins: sediment infill and associated traps (structural & stratigraphic).
      • Hands-on practice on real examples.
      • Petroleum systems:
      • The petroleum trilogy: source rocks, reservoir rocks and seal rocks.
      • Source rock potential and maturity evaluation: hydrocarbon generation.
      • Structural evolution, hydrocarbon expulsion, migration and entrapment, relative timing of events.
      • Hands-on practice on real examples.
      • Seismic interpretation:
      • Review of acquisition techniques.
      • Seismic interpretation: objectives and methodology.
      • Structural interpretation of basins in extensional and compressional contexts.
      • Stratigraphic interpretation of basin fill.
      • Hands-on practice on real examples.
      • Well log analysis:
      • Wireline log acquisition and well log analysis.
      • Review of logging tools and recorded parameters.
      • “Quick-look” qualitative well-log interpretation.
      • Hands-on practice on real examples.

      • Basin potential evaluation: tectono-stratigraphic framework, petroleum trilogy, entrapment, migration and timing.
      • Play assessment and mapping for exploration opportunities. Sweet spots identification.
      • Prospect definition and related geological risk analysis (“Prospect review card”).
      • Workshop on a case study.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • understand exploration strategy and follow the standard exploration workflow,
  • get familiar with most common exploration techniques, via a multidisciplinary approach and data integration,
  • acquire requested competences for basin analysis in order to assess the hydrocarbon potential and identify potential plays and related prospects.

Ways & Means

  • Short daily lectures followed by exercises and hands-on sessions.
  • Both individual work (exercises) and team work (short case study).