Geology for Non-Geologists (2 Day)

Course Overview
This two-day introductory course targets industry professionals with no prior geological training. It will provide an understanding of fundamental geological principles and provide the background required to communicate more effectively with geoscientists. The course provides preliminary exposure to the main geologic principles that are employed in petroleum exploration. It introduces the various "tools of the trade" and explains their use. Examples are provided from a small selection of the major plays in the locale where the course is taught. The course provides a practical and useful overview of geology for those able to dedicate only two days to this important topic.

For an expanded version of the topic, we recommend the 4 day "Geology for Non-Geologists" course.

A complete set of course materials and lunches are included.

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Course Syllabus
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Course Outline
  • Evolution of Geology as a Science and Principles in Geology
  • The Origin of the Universe and the Earth
  • Geologic Time and Age Dating
  • Plate Tectonics and the Evolution of the Continents
  • Unconformities
  • Rocks and Minerals / the Rock Cycle
  • Classification of Rocks
  • Stratigraphy, Facies and Depositional Environments
  • Sequence Stratigraphy
  • The Origin of Hydrocarbon
  • The Petroleum System
  • Hydrocarbon Migration, Reservoirs, Traps and Seals
  • Petroleum Exploration – Tools of the Trade
  • Defining, Evaluating and Ranking Prospects
  • North America through Geologic Time
  • Resource Plays
  • World Hydrocarbon Reserves

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Andy Burnett is a Professional Geologist based in Calgary, Alberta. He earned both a Bachelor's degree in Geology and a Master's degree in Geology from the University of Saskatchewan, and has worked for a number of petroleum producing companies in Canada, ranging from start-ups to large multi-national oil companies. He has spent half of his 40+ year career in an executive role, and relies on that experience to help him to maintain a focus on the business side of geology in his presentations. Andy has instructed evening courses in geology at Mount Royal College (now Mount Royal University) in Calgary.

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Training Venue

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Participant Evaluations
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February 21, 2017, Drilling Engineer, Calgary
The course met all my training objectives. It covered all the key concepts clearly and was supported by easy to understand course materials etc. The instructor was well versed with the subject matter and was also friendly and helpful.
September 21, 2016, Director, Calgary
This course delivers on its advertised title.
September 17, 2014, Sales & Marketing, Calgary
Mr. Burnett is very knowledgeable about the topics presented in this course. It was nice to get a better understanding of a geologist's role throughout the entire oil and gas industry cycle.
April 14, 2014, Administrative Assistant, Calgary
Very good! For someone with no experience in Geology this was a very informative course.
April 17, 2014, Engineer, Calgary
This is a great short course. The basics are covered and the instructor will get into as much detail as the class wants
April 17, 2014, Development EIT, NAO CAN Developmnt Engineering, Calgary
March 26, 2014, Geo Tech, Houston
If you are looking for a generalized overall lesson of Geology this class is beneficial.
March 26, 2014, Seismic Services Project Manager, Houston
Introduction to Geology for Non-Geologists was a worth while course for people that are new to the industry and would like to gain a better understanding of exploration geology. The instructor takes you from basic geology principles and formations, describes exploration processes and types as well as prospecting and explains drilling and production. The course includes a lot of information but the instructor tried to hit on topics related to your field.
October 4, 2013, Sr. Finance Manager, Houston
Great class! I am definitely more prepared now and I can communicate with confidence with our geology team.