Franek Hasiuk, Department of Geological and Atm Sciences

Geology 444X/544X: Petroleum Geology and Engineering

 

Lecture: MW 11am-noon
Lab: Th 3-5pm

The geoscience and engineering aspects of exploration, development, and production of hydrocarbon resources around the world, as well as the historical and legal frameworks through which the industry has developed. Broader discussions of safety, risk, uncertainty, cost, and integrity as relevant to the petroleum industry.

Prerequisite: History of the Earth (Geol 102 and 102L) and Stratigraphy & Sedimentation (Geol 368) must have been completed prior to enrolling in this course.

Books:

  • Petroleum Geoscience, Gluyas, Jon; Swarbrick, Richard, 2004. Blackwell Publishing. Available free as a PDF through ISU Library.
  • The Prize, by Daniel Yergin. ~$20, available at MU Bookstore

Course Fee: $50

Required Equipment List: Colored Pencils, colored sharpies

Grading:

  • 40%: In-class exercises and discussions
  • 20%: Homework
  • 10%: Exam 1
  • 15%: Exam 2
  • 15%: Final Exam

Preliminary Schedule:

Week
Monday
Wednesday
Lab
1
Intro/Focus of Industry
Lease Sale Exercise
Intro to Petrel
2
Prospecting
Quick Look Exercise
Wells
3
Drilling a Well
Yergin Part 1 Discussion
Well Logs 1
4
Types of Data
Play Adequacy
Well Logs 2
5
Well Log Data
Well Log Correlation Exercise
Well Logs 3
6
Seismic Method
Yergin Part 2 Discussion
Seismic 1
7
Exam 1
Seismic Exercise
Seismic 2
8
Seismic Well Ties/Exercise
Seismic Interpretation/Exercise
Seismic 3
9
Make-up Day
Yergin Part 3 Discussion
Structures 1
10
Structural Analysis
Structural Exercise
Structures 2
11
Stratigraphic Analysis
Stratigraphic Exercise
Geo-Model 1
12
Exam 2
Yergin Part 4 Discussion
Geo-Model 2
13
Seismic Facies Anlaysis/Exercise
Data Analysis Exercise
Geo-Model 3
14
Seismic Attributes Exercise
Prospect Analysis Exercise
Assessment 1
15
Beyond Exploration
Yergin Part 5 Discussion
Assessment 2
16
Prospects
Carbonate Lease Sale Exercise
Assessment 3
Final
Exam 3

 

544X Requirement: Students enrolled at the graduate level (Geol 544X) must choose a historically interesting hydrocarbon basin and complete a scientific research paper detailing the upstream, midstream and downstream aspects of it while placing it in its proper historical, economic and political context. Only one student per basin.

Interesting deposits:

  • Ghawar, Saudi Arabia
  • Zelten/Nasser, Libya
  • North Sea Oil
  • Western Pennsylvania
  • Venezuela
  • Qatar North Field/ Iranian South Pars
  • Barnett Shale

Disclaimer: "X"

Iowa State University requires all new courses to be marked with an "X" for eXperimental. After the course is run three times, the X is dropped. I apologize for any confusion if you expected this course to concern either X-Men or the X-Files.