N644 - Geology for Non-Geologists (4 Day)

Course Overview
This popular four-day course will provide non-geologists with a practical understanding of the principles used by petroleum geologists in the search for oil and gas. The sessions will include both the scientific background and the practical applications of geology. The tools, techniques, and vocabulary of the petroleum geologist will be emphasized throughout the course.

Participants will learn to:
•	Understand how the nature of geology itself affects the way geologists approach problem solving.
•	Describe the paradigm of plate tectonics and how modern exploration uses the concepts of the plate tectonic
        model in the search for oil and gas.
•	Communicate more effectively in geoscience meetings through an understanding of the terms, tools, and 
        techniques used in the exploration and development of hydrocarbons.
•	Tell the difference between rock types and know why some are, or are not, suitable reservoirs for oil and gas
•	Define the concept of the petroleum system and how it aids in the interpretation and evaluation of 
        hydrocarbon generation, maturation, migration, and accumulation.
•	Understand the information illustrated through the construction and interpretation of cross sections and maps.
•	Describe the importance and use of analogs in interpreting subsurface data.
•	Distinguish the difference between stratigraphic and structural traps for oil and gas and how to recognize them 
        from cross sections and maps.
•	Know how to recognize different depositional environments using facies maps, isopachs, and fence diagrams. 
•	Describe the importance of environments of deposition in predicting the distribution, location, and geometry of 
        reservoir rocks. 
•	Describe the difference between porosity and permeability and discuss the importance of each in conventional 
        and unconventional reservoirs.
•	Describe the characteristics of shales and the geologic parameters that control "sweet spots" in shale plays 
•	Understand the basics of well-log analysis and formation evaluation, including basic tool types, their 
        measurements, and interpretation of lithology, porosity, and water saturation
•	Calculate oil-in-place (OIP) reserves using log-derived data.
•	Appreciate the importance of sample examination and the recognition and interpretation of oil shows at the wellsite.
•	Understand the basic principles of seismic prospecting and know the difference between 2D, 3D, and 4D seismic.

A complete set of course materials and lunches are included.

All scheduled event(s) for this short course:
15-Oct-19 Calgary (4 days) $ 2,595 CAD
Course Syllabus
Download course syllabus
Course Outline
  • Origin, Nature, and Occurrence of Petroleum
  • Identifying and Classifying Rocks - Source Rocks, Reservoir Rocks, and Seals
  • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • Depositional Environments and their Significance to Reservoir Rock Prediction
  • Geologic Time and Dating Geologic Events
  • Structural Geology - Folding and Faulting
  • Formation of Petroleum Traps
  • Surface and Subsurface Mapping Methods
  • Reconstructing Geologic Events Through Field Work, Maps, and Cross Sections
  • Exploration Methods - Generating and Evaluating Prospects
  • Working with Logs
  • Sources of Data
  • Sample Examination
  • Oil Shows at the Wellsite
  • Formation Evaluation

Need more information about this course from the instructor(s)? Click Here

More info...

Paul H. Pausé is an independent petroleum geologist in Midland, Texas, centrally located in the prolific and currently booming Permian Basin of west Texas and southeast New Mexico. He earned a bachelor's degree in geology at the University of California at Berkeley, and a master's degree in geology at UCLA. Paul H. Pausé is an independent petroleum geologist in Midland, Texas, centrally located in the prolific and currently booming Permian Basin of west Texas and southeast New Mexico. He earned a bachelor's degree in geology at the University of California at Berkeley, and a master's degree in geology at UCLA. Paul began his career as a petroleum geologist with AtlanticRichfield Company, and moved to Midland, Texas, with ARCO in 1977. After leaving ARCO, he worked for JM Huber, Davis Oil, and HCW Exploration. Paul now consults on exploration and development projects, generates and sells his own drilling prospects, and teaches courses in petroleum geology at the Petroleum Professional Development Center in Midland, and worldwide through public and in-house offerings. Paul is an active member of several professional societies including the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Geological Society of America, the Geological Society of London, the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain, the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES), and the West Texas Geological Society. Paul has received the Dedicated Service award from the WTGS and the Permian Basin Section SEPM and has been awarded Honorary Life Membership in both organizations, their highest recognition. He is a recipient of the A.I. Levorsen Award for Best Paper Presentation at the Southwest Section meeting of the AAPG.

Training Venue

To avoid potential course disruptions caused by the attendance of unconfirmed registrants, the training venue address will ONLY be provided to registrants upon receipt of payment (via an email confirmation note).

Participant Evaluations
Average participant rating 4.5 out of 5 stars
50 participant evaluations
Very Good
Very Poor
All course reviews are unedited.
October 9, 2018, Safety Advisor, Calgary
June 29, 2018, Research Associate, Calgary
Great course, super content heavy. Gave me a greater understanding and appreciation of geologist.
July 5, 2018, Exploration Technician, Calgary
Paul is a very knowledgeable and great instructor. I feel that the layout of his course was excellent, and the amount of information which was covered was done very effectively over the duration of the 4 day course. His approach to teaching was extremely effective in helping me learn & expand my knowledge of Geology.
July 9, 2018, Research Engineer, Calgary
The course met my expectations as non-geologist. I felt the content provide me with an good background/overview of petroleum geology.
November 23, 2017, Acquisition Engineer, Calgary
As an engineer working with geologists, this course was terrific. I learned more than expected and feel I will be able to participate more thoroughly in exploration discussions going forward.
May 23, 2017, Reservoir Engineer, Calgary
Fantastic course. The material is extremely applicable and easy to follow. Additionally, Paul Pause is a fantastic instructor. His methodical approach to teaching made all the difference.
May 23, 2017, Reservoir Engineer, Calgary
Excellent course - phenomenal instructor!
April 19, 2017, Petroleum Engineer, Houston
This training was very helpful, as a Petroleum Engineer with a chemical engineering background. I found it to be a very complete geology training and I feel I will be able to better understand what the geologists in my office are discussing.
September 3, 2015, IR Coordinator, London
I really enjoyed the course and learned a lot. It was very helpful and useful for my role.
September 3, 2015, Geodetic Specialist, London
Excellent introduction to Geology with a Petroleum focus. I have been in the Oil & Gas industry for 25 years it was a very useful course to consolidate (with real examples) the knowledge I had absorbed over the years. Highly recommended!
July 16, 2015, Drilling Engineer, Houston
One of the best courses I've ever taken, if not the best! Time well spent if you're looking to enhance your understanding of Geology.
June 25, 2015, Production/Completion Engineer, Calgary
The instructor's passion for Geology was very evident, this made the course very enjoyable and made it easy to stay engaged.
March 30, 2015, Market and Business Analyst, Houston
Paul Pause a very passionate geologist and made the course interesting and engaging for all of the attendees. I definitely learned a lot about geology and have gained knowledge that I feel will benefit me as a Business Analyst in the oil industry. I highly recommend this course.
February 12, 2015, Technical Advisor, Calgary
The course was excellent. The teacher was excellent.
February 12, 2015, Simulation EIT, Calgary
This course will answer all the questions that you have out of working with geologist, with not too much detail but adequate amount of explanation.
February 13, 2015, Sales Account Manager, Calgary
I will be pursuing a career in Geology. This was a great learning experience
December 18, 2014, Sr Researcher Computational Geosciences, London
Good course