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Petroleum Geology for Non-Geologists

eLearning Course

Petroleum geology is at the forefront of the oil and gas industry and either directly or indirectly affects every role. The topic has become even more important with the emergence of “unconventional” development because most people don’t fully understand the unique characteristics and challenges of unconventional development.

interactionThe subject of petroleum geology has long been considered impenetrable without a geology or geophysics degree. We’ve changed that. This course will give you an intermediate understanding of the topic with only a beginner’s level of difficulty. We make extensive use of photos, graphics, videos, animations, real-world analogies, self-explore options and interactive exercises to explain complicated topics in an easy-to-understand way. The course contains several drill-down options for those that are interested in learning more about a topic.

For one low price, you will have access to 15 modules that will progressively build the knowledge you need to understand oil and gas exploration. Modules 1-8 explain the geological processes lead to the development of a “petroleum system” in the subsurface. Modules 9 and 10 address oil and gas business and economic considerations. Modules 11-15 describe the technologies and methods used to explore for oil and gas.

timeThe course is conveniently divided into short sections that are mostly 15-25 minutes long (some modules have multiple sections). The course is about 8-10 hours long, plus an extra 20-30 minutes if you elect to take the final exam that is required to earn a completion certificate (there are no test questions on optional drill-down topics). You can learn more about each module by clicking on the module titles below.

You’ll be glad that you took this course. It will not only teach you about petroleum geology but will also shed more light on the fascinating world around you!



Limit one license per order. For multiple licenses contact us. The course can be accessed for one year from the purchase date.
Included Modules

Module 1:
 Organic Source for Oil and Gas 

Module 2: Sediments and Sedimentary Rock
Module 3: Changes Over Geological Time
Module 4: Rock Layer Characteristics
Module 5: Oil and Gas Formation
Module 6: Oil and Gas Migration
Module 7: Oil and Gas Traps
Module 8: Total Petroleum System
Module 9: Economics and Mineral Rights  
Module 10: Risks and Decision Analysis
Module 11: Frontier Exploration Example
Module 12: Seismic Waves
Module 13: Seismic Acquisition
Module 14: Seismic Processing
Module 15:
Seismic Interpretation

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Limit one license per order. For multiple licenses contact us. The course can be accessed for one year from the purchase date.
This course has highly-useful information for anyone involved with the oil and gas industry. You don’t need to know anything in advance, but when you finish, you will have comprehensive knowledge of US minerals ownership as well as the leasing process that oil and gas companies use to acquire minerals rights. You will also be informed on up-to- date topics such as evolving horizontal well regulations, forced pooling, post-production costs, surface use agreements, and the contentious relationship between the industry and the federal government.

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