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Seismic Interpretation

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

This course will provide advanced skills in subsurface interpretation methods and to integrate different types of geological information by using leading edge software and worldwide data examples that will expose the students to different types of geologic problems in exploration and production of hydrocarbons. The course includes to parts:
1- An exploration interpretation project that may be part of teh Imperail Barrel Award competition
2- A reservoir interpretation project in the Norwegian Continental Shelf

Learning outcome

  • Expertise on recognition of different structural styles and background of the geologic processes that make them using subsurface data that can be applied to any basin in the world.
  • Knowledge on different interpretation techniques of seismic and well data using modern interpretation tools
  • Knowledge on different elements of petroleum geology and the value of integrating them in order maximise the resources

  • Be able to interpret and integrate complex subsurface data in different geological settings
  • Expertise in leading edge interpretation software equivalent to the used in industry
  • Be able to interpret subsurface data and understand the geological different processes in the area will impact the earth model

General Competence:
  • The ability to communicate technically, effectively in written and oral form
  • The ability to work in teams and interact with colleagues in an ethical and professional manner.
  • The ability to apply the technical knowledge of modern valuation and decision-making methods to optimise the use of corporate and personal resources.


  • Introduction to subsurface interpretation methods.
  • Introduction to the different geologic settings to be investigated, e.g. extensional, compressional and strike-slip.
  • Subsurface interpretation methods as an approach to complex problems and integration of different types of data from regional to reservoir scale. Students will work on different geological projects and integrate seismic, well and petrophysical interpretations.
  • Note: A two-day software course (e.g. Petrel) is provided at the beginning of the semester. It is highly recommended to participate in the course, as following activities will be based on the software.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

GEO500 Depositional Systems and Sequence Stratigraphy, GEO510 Structural Styles, GEO520 Seismic Reflection Methods
Previous knowledge in subsurface interpretation methods is highlgy recommended (equal or equivalent to GEO220). Knowledge in structural geology, seidmientology, tratigraphy and seismic data is also recommended


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Portfolio assessment and oral presentation1/1 A - F
The assessment consist of the following parts:
Portfolio assessment: 60 % (report 35%, home assignments and short tests together counts 25%)
Oral presentation: 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 coordinator
Alejandro Escalona Varela
Course teacher
Guro Laurentze Sætre Skarstein
Head of Department
Alejandro Escalona Varela

Method of work

4-8 hours per week theory
8 hours per week lab exercises
8-16 hours individual work
Course participation is highly recommended as of the training of computer/software skills and application of exercises in the laboratory.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Seismic interpretation and formation evaluation (MPG200_1) 10

Open to

Master in Petroleum Geosciences Engineering, Master in Petroleum Engineering - Reservoar

Course assessment

Standard UiS protocol


- Tearpock, D. and Bischke, R., 1990, Applied subsurface geological mapping. Prentice Hall PTR, 672 p.
- Brown, A., 2004, Interpretation of three-dimensional seismic data; AAPG Memoir 42, 534 p.
- Course notes and other references provided during class and loaded in Canvas or the geoserver.

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 27.05.2020