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Seismic Interpretation

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

This course will provide advanced skills in subsurface interpretation by integrating various type of geological and geophysical information. Worldwide real case examples using leading edge software and methodologies will exposed students to different geological scenarios for understanding of the subsurface. the knowledge acquired in the course is of high relevance for the energy sector within hydrocarbon exploration and production, CO2 sequestration, geothermal among others. The course includes two parts:
1- An exploration interpretation project. this project might be part of the know Imperial Barreal Award AAPG competition
2- a reservoir interpretation project from Norwegian Continental Shelf

Learning outcome

  • Knowledge on recognition of different structural styles and sedimentation processes that make up the basin using various types of geological and geophysical data

  • Knowledge on different methodologies and interpretation techniques for subsurface mapping of sedimentary basins

  • Knowledge of the various geological elements that make the energy system and their importance

  • Knowledge on the uncertainty and risk associated to the different types of data and interpretation analysis used for optimizing decisions

  • Be able to interpret and integrate complex subsurface data in different geological settings
  • Expertise in leading edge interpretation software, equivalent to that use in the energy sector
  • Be able to quantify the different elements of the energy system and make decisions related to their exploitation and management

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

GEO510 Structural Styles, GEO520 Seismic Reflection Methods, GEO550 Sequence Stratigraphy and sedimentology
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


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 15.08.2020