Development Geology & Geophysics

Date: May 8, 2017 1h Advanced

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This lesson covers the development phase of an asset's life, and also reviews the exploration and production phases of the life cycle. In the exploration phase, there is an opportunity to capture opportunities and discover hydrocarbons through large-scale to finer-scale analyses. The three (3) major considerations in the development phase are: (1) the area and thickness of the oil or gas reserves so we can estimate the volume; (2) the internal architecture of the reservoir rocks; and (3) how the reservoir is broken into separate compartments to be produced. The last stage of an asset's life is the production phase.

I would divide the class time into three (3) segments: (1) review of the previous exercises (15 minutes); (2) lecture on this unit (Development Geology and Geophysics; 30 minutes), and (3) introduce the exercise presented here (15 minutes). This lesson will therefore take about 60 minutes to cover. 

The exercise itself has each team complete well ties for three (3) additional wells. Then they will correlate six (6) horizons on a seismic traverse that passes through all four (4) well locations (discovery well and three (3) delineation wells). This exercise should take about 25-30 minutes.


In this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Describe the three (3) major phases of an asset's life
  • Review the exploration phase of an asset
  • List the key major considerations of the development phase

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