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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 Monday, September 2, 2015, to add news about Exercise 2.


Course news:

Because Monday, September 7, 2015, is a UGA holiday to celebrate the achievements of the organized labor movement, the due date for Exercise 2 has been extended to Thursday, September 10, 2015, at 3:30 pm.

Railsback has been excused from jury duty, and so class will meet as scheduled on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, and Thursday, September 3, 2015.

A syllabus for Fall 2015 is available below. Of the lecture Powerpoint files linked below, those with "√" have been updated for 2015, whereas files with "-" are still those used in 2013.

The first meeting of this class will take place on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 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 August 3, 2015.

Lecture topics and events, with Powerpoint files:
    Topic     Tentative date     Powerpoint file1     Textbook reading2
(maximal; minimal)
    Other reading    
    Introduction     August 18     Ppt file √     --     --    
    Contouring     August 18     Ppt file √     --     --    
    Fundamentals     August 20     Ppt file √     Ch. 1; pp. 1-4 & 24-26     --    
    Subsurface Geology     August 25-27     Ppt file √     PGSG pages
    The Subsurface Environment     Aug 27 - Sept 1     Ppt file √     Ch. 9 & 10; pp. 253-255 & 260-264     --    
    Drilling of Petroleum Wells     September 1-10     Ppt file #1 √
Ppt file #2 √
    pp. 21-23 ; pp. 21-23     1, 2, 3    
    Well Logs     September 15-Oct. 1
    Ppt file #1 √
Ppt file #2 √
    Ch. 16; Ch. 16     2    
    Fracking     October 1     Ppt file √     -     --    
    Hydrocarbon resources     ?     Ppt file √     Ch. 21; Ch. 21     --    
    Exam 1     Tuesday, October 6, 2015                 --    
    Origin and Nature of Petroleum     October 8-13     Ppt file -     Ch. 143; Ch. 143            --    
    Migration of petroleum     October 15     Ppt file -     Ch. 15; Ch. 15     --    
    Seals     October 20     Ppt file -     Ch.15.2; Ch. 15.2     --    
    Reservoirs     October 22-27     Ppt file -     Chs. 4 and 5.8; Chs. 4 and 5.8     --    
    Traps and Basins     October 29-Nov .3     Ppt file -     Ch. 12; Ch. 12     --    
    Seismic data     November 5-12     Ppt file -     Ch. 17 & 19; Ch. 17    --    
    The Petroleum System     November 17?     Ppt file -     Ch. 9; 253-255     --    
    Field Presentations     November 19-26                      
    Exam II     Tuesday, December 1, 2015
3:30-4:45 pm
                     
    Optional Exercise 9 review     Monday, December 14, 2015
3:00 pm
                     
    Exam III     Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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 0: Simple contouring

        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