Applied Petroleum Geology

Course Details

Course Number: GEOS 4134  Fall 2013

Days & Times:

     



Course Attachments

Textbooks

Oil Field Production Geology AAPG Memoir 91 by M  ISBN: ISBN13 918-0-089181-372-9

MSU Faculty Member
William Scott Meddaugh   
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Course Objectives

 

Course Schedule

Week

Lecture Date

Lecture Topic(s)

Textbook or Other Reading

Lab Topics

Research Paper Schedule

1

26-Aug

Course Overview.  Reservoir Lifecycle Overview.  Petroleum Geology Review – Part 1

TBA

   

 

28-Aug

Petroleum Geology Review – Part 2

 TBA

Univariate and Bivariate Statistics Review

 

 

30-Aug

Reservoir Geology Defined.  Overview of Basic Tasks, Data Analysis, Reservoir Modeling, and Forecasting within the Concept of the Reservoir Lifecycle.  Key Reservoir Data.

Pages 1-46

   

2

2-Sep

Labor Day Holiday (Monday)

 

 

 

 

4-Sep

Reservoir Data – Porosity; Routine Core Analysis (RCAL)

Pages 47-123

Core and Well Log Data Part 1 – Porosity and Permeability

Distribution of Topic Suggestions and Research Paper Format Requirements

 

6-Sep

Reservoir Data - Permeability

Pages 47-123  

   

3

9-Sep

Reservoir Data – Oil, Water, Gas Saturation

Pages 47-123  

 

 

 

11-Sep

Reservoir Data – Relative Permeability and Wettability; Special Core Analysis (SCAL)

Pages 47-123  

Core and Well Log Data Part 2 – Water Saturation

 

 

13-Sep

Reservoir Data – Lithology

Pages 47-123  

   

4

16-Sep

Reservoir Volumetrics.  Uncertainty Assessment with focus on Reservoir Volumetrics - Monte Carlo and Experimental Design-based Methods

Pages 157-208

 

 

Week

Lecture Date

Lecture Topic(s)

Textbook Reading

Lab Topics

Research Paper Schedule

 

18-Sep

Reservoir Volumetrics.  Uncertainty Assessment with focus on Reservoir Volumetrics Monte Carlo and Experimental Design-based Methods (Continued)

Pages 157-208

Deterministic Volumetrics; Uncertainty Assessment

 

 

20-Sep

Reservoir Volumetrics.  Uncertainty Assessment with focus on Reservoir Volumetrics Monte Carlo and Experimental Design-based Methods (Continued)

Pages 157-208  

   

5

23-Sep

Uncertainty reduction – Value of Information (VOI)

TBA

 

Optional Meeting with Dr. Meddaugh to Discuss Research Paper Topic and Plan (Office Hours Only)

 

25-Sep

Spatial Statistics

Pages 157-208  

VOI Exercise 

 

 

27-Sep

Spatial Statistics (continued)

Pages 157-208  

   

6

30-Sep

Spatial Statistics (continued)

Pages 157-208  

 

 

 

2-Oct

Reservoir Modeling – Estimation-based Workflows including Distance weighted and Kriging methods

Pages 157-208

Spatial Statistics 

 

 

4-Oct

First Exam

 

   

7

7-Oct

Reservoir Modeling – Stochastic-based Workflows Overview

Pages 157-208  

 

 

 

9-Oct

Reservoir Modeling – Stochastic-based Workflows focused on Sequential Gaussian Simulation (SGS)  methods

Pages 157-208  

Deterministic Reservoir Modeling

Research Paper Final Topic Selection, Short Description, and Initial Reference List Due to Dr. Meddaugh

 

11-Oct

Reservoir Modeling – Stochastic-based Workflows focused on Multi-Point Statistics (MPS) methods

Pages 157-208  

   

8

14-Oct

Reservoir Modeling – Simplicity Vs. Complexity

TBA

 

 

 

16-Oct

Dynamic Reservoir Data including Pressure, and Well Tests

TBA

Stochastic Reservoir Modeling

 

Week

Lecture Date

Lecture Topic(s)

Textbook Reading

Lab Topics

Research Paper Schedule

 

18-Oct

Dynamic Reservoir Data including Pressure, and Well Tests (continued)

 TBA

 

 

9

21-Oct

Reservoir Forecasting – Decline Curve Analysis

TBA

   

 

23-Oct

Reservoir Forecasting – Finite Difference Simulation

TBA

Stochastic Reservoir Modeling (continued)

 

 

25-Oct

Primary Reservoir Recovery

TBA

   

10

28-Oct

Improved Reservoir Recovery (IOR) – Infill Drilling, Waterflooding

TBA

 

 

 

30-Oct

Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) – Steamflooding, Chemical Flooding

TBA

Stochastic Reservoir Modeling (continued)

 

 

1-Nov

Reservoir Recovery Impact of Geology (Lithology, Depositional Environment, Heterogeneity)

Pages 253-314

   

11

4-Nov

Reservoir Recovery Impact of Geology (Lithology, Depositional Environment, Heterogeneity) - continued

Pages 253-314  

 

 

 

6-Nov

The Asset Development Plan (ADP)

TBA

Decline Curve Analysis

 

 

8-Nov

Reserves  - P1 through P6

TBA

   

12

11-Nov

Second Exam

 

 

 

 

13-Nov

Reservoir Life Cycle Plan – Asset Development Plan (ADP)

TBA

Reserves Calculation

Research Paper Due by 4pm

 

15-Nov

Reservoir Appraisal/Surveillance Methods

Pages 129-156

   

13

18-Nov

Reservoir Surveillance Methods (continued)

Pages 129-156

 

 
 

20-Nov

Research Paper Presentations

 

Research Paper Presentations

Research Paper Presentations During Lab Time (Oral or Poster Style) – Time Allocated for each Presentation is 8 Minutes with 1-2 Minutes for  Questions

Week

Lecture Date

Lecture Topic(s)

Textbook Reading

Lab Topics

Research Paper Schedule

 

22-Nov

Project Economics

TBA

Project Economics

 

14 

25-Nov

Project Economics (continued)

TBA

   
 

27-Nov

Locating Remaining Hydrocarbons

Pages 209-228

   

 

29-Nov

Thanksgiving Holiday

 

 

 

15

2-Dec

 Well Planning

Pages 229-252

   

 

4-Dec

Current Hot Topic: Unconventional Reservoirs – Shale Gas and Shale Oil

TBA

TBA (may include Research Paper Presentations not completed on November 20)

 

 

6-Dec

Politics and Energy Resources

TBA

   

16

11-Dec

Final Exam

     

                               


Course Expectations

 

Course Expectations/Requirements                                                                                      

Lecture                

Attend lectures.  Come prepared for lectures by reading the textbook and assigned readings in advance.  Lectures highlight essential topics and vocabulary; textbook and other resources (online or library) provide additional details as well as additional topics as well as review and self test opportunities.  It is in your best interest to use these resources.  Lecture and final exams will cover lectures and textbook-only topics (plus related vocabulary.  All exams are cumulative; all prior material, topics, and text and assigned readings will be included on exams.                                                                         

Lab        

Active participation in all lab sessions is required.  Completion of all lab assignments on time is expected. Lab attendance is mandatory.  If you are going to miss a lab you must let Dr. Meddaugh know in advance.  You must make up any missed lab by making suitable arrangement with Dr. Meddaugh. The exact procedure will be discussed during the first lab meeting.  Labs must be made up within one week or a grade/completion penalty will be imposed.  After two weeks, a missed lab may not be made up.  Any missed lab will receive a completion grade of zero.                                                   

Grades

Lecture - Exam 1 = 10% of final grade; Lecture Exam 2 = 20% of final grade; Final Exam = 30% of final grade.

Lab - Completion composite grade = 25% of final grade. 

Homework – 10% of final grade.  There will be homework problems assigned during the course of the semester.  These will typically be due within a week of assignment.  There will be no homework assigned during the week prior to exams.  The homework will generally require 1-2 hours to complete. 

Research paper - Grade = 5% of final grade.   The research paper grade will be derived as follows - 75% derived from submitted text and 25% derived from presentation.  Presentation is limited to eight minutes and will be followed by 1-2 minutes for questions from peers, lab TAs, instructor, and/or guests.  Presentations may be PowerPoint or poster-based.                  Presentation and Q&A time limits will be strictly enforced!  More information of the research paper will be available during the first lab meeting.

Research papers must be between 2250 and 3250 words (about 4-6 pages of text based on 11-pt or 12-pt font; word count per MSWord’s word count tool) and be no longer than thirteen total pages including illustrations and title page.  Papers must contain a summary of no more than 250 words (included in word count), at least four primary references, and be structured as follows: (1) Title page with title and author; (2) Summary; (3) Introduction (background and rationale for paper topic choice); (4) Discussion (basically what you learned and want to share with your colleagues as a result of your research); (5) Conclusion (highlight or restatement of most important learning’s from your perspective); and (6) references (minimum of three primary references).  Figures and/or tables (with captions) may be included within text or at end of paper.  Format – MS Word; paper copy and electronic copy to be submitted.  Detailed format instructions will be provided during Week 2.

Papers are due as per the syllabus schedule.  Papers submitted one week late will be docked one letter grade (e.g. 10 points; thus a paper that would have received a 85% grade if submitted on time will receive a final grade of 75% if submitted one week late).  Research papers may not be submitted more than one week late.                  

 

 

Final Letter Grade Definitions

A = >90%, B = 80-89%, C = 70-79%, D = 60-69% F = <60%

Final letter grades will be based on rounding composite course grade to the nearest integer. 


Grading Standards

 

Lecture                

Attend lectures.  Come prepared for lectures by reading the textbook and assigned readings in advance.  Lectures highlight essential topics and vocabulary; textbook and other resources (online or library) provide additional details as well as additional topics as well as review and self test opportunities.  It is in your best interest to use these resources.  Lecture and final exams will cover lectures and textbook-only topics (plus related vocabulary.  All exams are cumulative; all prior material, topics, and text and assigned readings will be included on exams.                                                                         

Lab        

Active participation in all lab sessions is required.  Completion of all lab assignments on time is expected. Lab attendance is mandatory.  If you are going to miss a lab you must let Dr. Meddaugh know in advance.  You must make up any missed lab by making suitable arrangement with Dr. Meddaugh. The exact procedure will be discussed during the first lab meeting.  Labs must be made up within one week or a grade/completion penalty will be imposed.  After two weeks, a missed lab may not be made up.  Any missed lab will receive a completion grade of zero.                                                   

Grades

Lecture - Exam 1 = 10% of final grade; Lecture Exam 2 = 20% of final grade; Final Exam = 30% of final grade.

Lab - Completion composite grade = 25% of final grade. 

Homework – 10% of final grade.  There will be homework problems assigned during the course of the semester.  These will typically be due within a week of assignment.  There will be no homework assigned during the week prior to exams.  The homework will generally require 1-2 hours to complete. 

Research paper - Grade = 5% of final grade.   The research paper grade will be derived as follows - 75% derived from submitted text and 25% derived from presentation.  Presentation is limited to eight minutes and will be followed by 1-2 minutes for questions from peers, lab TAs, instructor, and/or guests.  Presentations may be PowerPoint or poster-based.                  Presentation and Q&A time limits will be strictly enforced!  More information of the research paper will be available during the first lab meeting.

Research papers must be between 2250 and 3250 words (about 4-6 pages of text based on 11-pt or 12-pt font; word count per MSWord’s word count tool) and be no longer than thirteen total pages including illustrations and title page.  Papers must contain a summary of no more than 250 words (included in word count), at least four primary references, and be structured as follows: (1) Title page with title and author; (2) Summary; (3) Introduction (background and rationale for paper topic choice); (4) Discussion (basically what you learned and want to share with your colleagues as a result of your research); (5) Conclusion (highlight or restatement of most important learning’s from your perspective); and (6) references (minimum of three primary references).  Figures and/or tables (with captions) may be included within text or at end of paper.  Format – MS Word; paper copy and electronic copy to be submitted.  Detailed format instructions will be provided during Week 2.

Papers are due as per the syllabus schedule.  Papers submitted one week late will be docked one letter grade (e.g. 10 points; thus a paper that would have received a 85% grade if submitted on time will receive a final grade of 75% if submitted one week late).  Research papers may not be submitted more than one week late.                  

 

 

Final Letter Grade Definitions

A = >90%, B = 80-89%, C = 70-79%, D = 60-69% F = <60%

Final letter grades will be based on rounding composite course grade to the nearest integer. 


Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to fully and completely abide by the University Honor Creed.  Attendance at all Lectures and Lab Sessions is expected.  If you cannot attend a lecture please send notify Dr. Meddaugh by email.  If you cannot attend a lab session, please notify Dr. Meddaugh by email and arrange to make up a missed lab section as noted above (grade penalties may apply; see above).  Students with three or more unexcused lecture and/or lab absences may be dropped from the course.  Note - All electronic devices must be switched off (or remain unused in silent mode) during lectures and labs unless permission for their use is obtained in advance.                         


Other Policies

Students are expected to fully and completely abide by the University Honor Creed.  Attendance at all Lectures and Lab Sessions is expected.  If you cannot attend a lecture please send notify Dr. Meddaugh by email.  If you cannot attend a lab session, please notify Dr. Meddaugh by email and arrange to make up a missed lab section as noted above (grade penalties may apply; see above).  Students with three or more unexcused lecture and/or lab absences may be dropped from the course.  Note - All electronic devices must be switched off (or remain unused in silent mode) during lectures and labs unless permission for their use is obtained in advance.             


Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.