HGS CE Course: Quality Control for Subsurface Maps

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Quality Control for Subsurface Maps (QLT's) - Formerly Known as Quick Look Techniques
Instructors: Dan Tearpock
Course Length:  1 Day
Course CEUs:  8.0
Course Description

Don't be too quick to drill that next dry hole. Success is not the result of serendipity, but is based on solid scientific work.
This course addresses the need for a systematic approach for quickly screening interpretations, maps, prospects and potential resources or reserves and identifying fundamental interpretation, mapping and estimating errors. The reverse application of methods and techniques as presented in our courses such as Applied Subsurface Geological Mapping and Advances Structural Geology is the core of this course. The most common errors found on subsurface interpretations and maps are illustrated with numerous examples from around the world.

The course begins with a review of examples of interpretation and mapping errors that led to poorly located wells that are uneconomic or dry, as well as inaccurate reserves or resources estimates. Methods used to address the risk factors that can cause dry holes are reviewed. The participants are then challenged with a series of real exploration and development prospects. The participants are to evaluate each project. After their evaluation, the projects are reviewed and the QC techniques that are applicable to evaluate each project are discussed. A course manual, including the challenging projects with solutions, is provided for this course.

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Develop an understanding of how to evaluate a variety of subsurface maps including fault, structure, and isochore maps.
  2. Understand the types of questions to ask when reviewing interpretations, maps and prospects.
  3. Evaluate the 3-D viability of an interpretation, map or prospect.
  4. Evaluate whether the resources or reserves attributed to a completed interpretation or map are under or over estimated.
  5. Determine whether an interpreter has applied sound, industry accepted, geoscience principles and methods to generate an interpretation, map or prospect.
Who should attend:
Prospect generators, exploration and development geoscientists, property and prospect evaluators, supervisors, managers, bankers, investors and anyone involved in preparing, reviewing or evaluating subsurface interpretations, prospects, fields and reserves or resources.
Course Info
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control overview with examples
  • Philosophical doctrine of subsurface interpretation and mapping
  • Dry hole analysis
  • Effect of hand and computer contouring methods in generating maps
  • THE PROJECT CHALLENGES - A series of projects are presented for the participants to evaluate the following aspects of geology dealing with interpretations, maps and prospects.
       - Fault surface maps
      - General structure maps
      - Faulted structure maps
      - Directional wells
      - Isochore maps used for resources or reserves estimates 
      - An introduction to seismic and structural geology Quality Control Techniques
  • Conclusions and wrap up

March 9th, 2011 8:00 AM   through   5:00 PM
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