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E-190 - Introduction to Petroleum Systems: Field Course

E-190 - Introduction to Petroleum Systems: Field Course

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


    • Oil & Gas professionals, with little or no knowledge in geology.


  • Foundation
  • This course provides a comprehensive overview of petroleum geology processes (emphasizing basin geometry, deposition, hydrocarbons’ origin, migration, and accumulation) with an introduction to the ways and means of Oil & Gas exploration.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • learn about exploration methods and tools, such as geophysics and well logging,
  • understand the factors required for the existence of an accumulation of hydrocarbons,
  • grasp the methodology used to assess the hydrocarbons potential of sedimentary basins.
Course Content


  • General introduction to petroleum geology.
  • Place of exploration in the petroleum industry.
  • Concepts and techniques used in petroleum exploration.
  • Mechanisms of sedimentary basins formation.
  • Infilling and deformation of sedimentary basins.
  • Geophysical, geological, geochemical and wireline logging methods.


  • The field trip unfolds along the scenic cliffs of the south coast of Devon and Dorset.
  • The two most important topics are:
  • Basin analysis (Weld and Channel basin) from Permian and Tertiary times and building.
  • Petroleum system of the neighboring Wytch Farm oil field.
  • Continental deposits (Permian): horst, graben and faults outcrops.
  • Dawlish: alluvial fan and dunes deposition.
  • Ladram bay: braided rivers. Sherwood sandstones.
  • Bridport: shallow marine diagenetized sands.
  • Langton Herring: limestones.
  • Osmington Mills: oil seepage.


  • Last day: synthesis of all observations and introduction to reservoir characterization, using both geological and geophysical methods.
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Ways & Means
  • Field trip on outcrops in Dorset (UK).