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Basic Subsurface Interpretation Methods

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

The course provides an introduction for techniques of well and seismic interpretation for exploration of hycrocarbons. Special focus is given to the subsurface geology of the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Learning outcome

This course is based on the application of concepts that have been provided in previous courses in the area of petroleum geology, structural geology, stratigraphy and geophysics through the use of specialized interpretation software.
  • Fundamental background on how to build a subsurface 3D model
  • Knowledge on basic well correlation and time intervals in sedimentary basins
  • Knowledge on the geologcail significance of subsurface mapping and importance for hydrocarbon exploration and production

  • Be able to built a subsurface earth model using leading edge software tools.
  • Be able to integrate geological and geophysical data in order to build a subsurface model.
  • Be able to to correlate well and seismic data using time/depth relationships and syntethic seismograms.
  • Be able to make oral presentations in order to provide an overview of the geological model and provide guidelines for exploration and production.

General competence:
  • Have fundamental skills on integration of different types of data in petroleum geology and petroleum engineering, and provide the understanding for other engineering activities such as drilling and reservoir.
  • To communicate and make technical presentations in the area of expertise.


  • Introduction to the subsurface interpretation software
  • Introduction to the subsurface geology of the Norwegian Continental Shelf
  • Seismic and well data interpretation
  • Synthetic seismogram
  • Basic mapping of reservoirs
  • Generation of deliverables for report and presentation
  • Techniques for fault interpretation
  • Depth conversion
  • Reservoir model
  • Note: A two-day intensive software course (e.g. Petrel) is offered at the beginning of the semester. Participation in the two-day course is highly recommended as all following activties during the semster will be done using the software.

Required prerequisite knowledge

GEO100 Earth, energy and climate, GEO210 Structural Geology, PET110 Geophysics and Well Logging

Recommended previous knowledge

It is recommneded to have basic knowledge in general and petroleum geology, sedimentology and stratigraphy, structural geology and geophysics


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Portfolio assessment and oral presentations1/1 A - F
Portfolio assessment: 60% (written test 20%, laboratory task 40%) Oral presentations: 40% The final grade is the average of all assignments. A student fails the course if the average grade is below E. If a student fails or want to improve the grade, she/he have to take the whole course again the following year.

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher
Dora Luz Marin Restrepo , Guro Laurentze Sætre Skarstein
Course coordinator
Alejandro Escalona Varela
Head of Department
Alejandro Escalona Varela

Method of work

Course participation is highly recommended as of the training of computer/software skills and application of exercises in the laboratory.
Four hours a week of lectures (theory and computer program introduction) and at least four hours a week of laboratory practicals to develop the course project.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Basic subsurface interpretation methods (BPG140_1) 5

Open to

Bachelor Petroleum Geoscience Engineering, Bachelor Petroleum Engineering

Course assessment

Standard UiS protocol


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 15.08.2020