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This is the course web page for Professor Bruce Railsback's GEOL 4320/6320 Petroleum Geology course at the University of Georgia.  The page is an outlet for course news and provides links to course materials.  This page was last updated on Sunday, November 13, 2013 to update the exam questions.


Course news:

Exercise 8 will be due on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at 3:30:00 pm. Late submissions with be subject to a deduction of credit of 20% per day late, and 100% if not submitted by the time the graded exercise is returned.

The schedule below for the course and its lectures has been updated to show the plan for the rest of Fall Semester 2013.

Exercise 7 will be due on Thursday, November 7, 2013, at 3:30:00 pm. Late submissions with be subject to a deduction of credit of 20% per day late, and 100% if not submitted by the time the graded exercise is returned.

Because several students will be away at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, there will be no GEOL 4320/6320 lecture that day. Instead, Railsback will be available to help students with Exercises 7 and 8 during the regular class period that day.

Exercise 6 is now in the field. It has a series of due dates for steps in its completion, as shown on the page for the exercise.

Exercise 5 will be due on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at 3:30:00 pm. Late submissions with be subject to a deduction of credit of 20% per day late, and 100% if not submitted by the time the graded exercise is returned.

Exercise 4 will be due on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at 3:30:00 pm. Late submissions with be subject to a deduction of credit.

The file for the Subsurface Environment lecture was significantly updated at 7:45 am Tuesday, September 3, 2013.

Exercise 3 will be due on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 3:30:00 pm. Late submissions with be subject to a deduction of credit. With regard to Exercise 3, you may want to look at a cross-section with no vertical exaggeration through our concession.

Exercise 2 will be due on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at 3:30:00 pm. Late submissions with be subject to a deduction of credit.

An event of interest will be the Geosciences Colloquium of Friday, August 30, which will feature Chris Ginn speaking on "Understanding the current recruitment process in the Oil Patch and the structure of modern Oil Companies". That's at 3:35 pm in Room 200 (A?) GG.

Exercise 1 will be due on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at 3:30:00 pm. Late submissions with be subject to a deduction of credit.

The first meeting of this class will take place on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at 3:30 pm in Room 142 GG.


Course materials:

Syllabus for the course as a PDF.

Textbooks/resources:
        Knut Bjørlykke's Petroleum Geoscience, available from the UGA Libraries as an electronic resource.
        Railsback's Petroleum Geoscience and Subsurface Geology.

A list of questions for Exams 1 and 2, as updated on November 13, 2013.

Lecture topics and events, with Powerpoint files:
    Topic     Tentative date     Powerpoint file1     Textbook reading2
(maximal; minimal)
    Other reading    
    Introduction and Overview     August 13     Ppt file √     --     --    
    Petroleum, wells, and logs     August 15     Ppt file √     Ch. 1; pp. 1-4 & 24-26     --    
    Subsurface Geology     August 20-22     Ppt file √     PGSG pages     --    
    Petroleum resources     August 22-27     Ppt file √     Ch. 21; Ch. 21     --    
    The Subsurface Environment     September 3     Ppt file √     Ch. 9 & 10; pp. 253-255 & 260-264     --    
    Drilling of Petroleum Wells     September 5-17     Ppt file #1 √
Ppt file #2 √
    pp. 21-23 ; pp. 21-23     1, 2, 3    
    Well Logs     September 17-26
    Ppt file #1 √
Ppt file #2 √
    Ch. 16; Ch. 16     2    
    Origin and Nature of Petroleum     October 1-10     Ppt file √     Ch. 143; Ch. 143            --    
    Migration of petroleum     October 10-15     Ppt file √     Ch. 15; Ch. 15     --    
    Seals     October 15-17     Ppt file √     Ch.15.2; Ch. 15.2     --    
    Reservoirs     October 17-22     Ppt file √     Chs. 4 and 5.8; Chs. 4 and 5.8     --    
    Traps and Basins     October 24-31     Ppt file √     Ch. 12; Ch. 12     --    
    Seismic data     November 5-12     Ppt file √     Ch. 17 & 19; Ch. 17    --    
    The Petroleum System     November 12?     Ppt file √     Ch. 9; 253-255     --    
    Field Presentations     November 14-19                      
    Exam II     Thursday, November 21, 2013
3:30-4:45 pm
                     
    Optional Exercise 9 review     Monday, December 9, 2013
3:00 pm
                     
    Exam III     Tuesday, December 10, 2013
3:30-6:30 pm
                     
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1 Powerpoint files used in lecture are available for student use, but students need not download them prior to lecture.  If students download the files prior to lecture, students are neither required nor particularly encouraged to study them prior to lecture.  The Powerpoint files may be updated at any time prior to a lecture or soon after a lecture.
2 The textbook is Knut Bjørlykke's Petroleum Geoscience, available from the UGA Libraries as an electronic resource.
3 In Bjørlykke's Petroleum Geoscience, page 343, paragraph 3, "alkene" should be "alkane".

 

     

Exercise materials:

        Exercise 1: Hanging a cross section

        Exercise 2: A structure map

        Exercise 3: Making maps

        Exercise 4: A geological reconnaissance

        Exercise 5: Log analysis

        Exercise 6: Swansonia

        Exercise 7: Crowistan again

        Exercise 8: a Paleozoic section

        Optional Exercise 9: a cross-section and map

        Blockistan:
                One log for analysis
                A structural cross section
                Structure maps

     

Other:

        Table of Contents for AAPG Atlas of Oil and Gas Fields

        Course evaluations.


External Resources:

        Schlumberger Oilfield Glossary
        Rigzone's "How it works."
        Crain's Petrophysical Handbook


Email to Railsback (rlsbk@gly.uga.edu)
Railsback's main web page
UGA Geology Department web page