Petroleum Geology for the Non-Geologist

This course is designed to help non-geologists in petroleum-related fields understand just what all these geologists are talking about! We’ll discuss why oil is found in some areas and not in others, what kinds of tools geologists use to assess the petroleum potential and petroleum reserves in an area and what factors they consider when deciding where to drill.

Oil and Gas—Sources and Maturation: Composition—CH as gas vs. liquid; Properties—light vs. heavy, sweet vs. sour; Sources; Source maturation—the kitchen

Rock Types—Reservoirs and Seals:
Sedimentary Rocks— Porosity and Permeability—logs and cores; What kinds of rocks act as reservoirs?
Where do they form? — Basins; Non-Marine; Shallow Marine; Deep Marine; Facies Changes

Traps: Folds, role of seismic; Structure contour maps and fluid contacts; Faults; Stratigraphic Traps; Finding oil on electric logs