Lecture - Tuesday/Thursday 4PM to 5:20PM in McCoy 205.
Characterization of formations with geologic data, mainly well logs and core derived data. Basics of formation evaluation with focus on data needed to characterize reservoirs (e.g. structure/stratigraphy, porosity, saturation) and calculate volumetrics. Fundamentals of decision making, uncertainty assessment, and reservoir modeling. Discussion of reservoir recovery mechanisms - primary, improved oil recovery (IOR such as infill and waterflooding) and enhanced oil recovery (EOR methods such as polymer, steam, and CO2 flooding).
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.
Homework must be submitted on time. Late submission (without reasonable excuse and prior email notice that an assignment will be submitted late) will incur a grade/completion penalty of 10% per week (e.g. a submission that would have received a grade of 85% if submitted on time will receive a 75% due to submission one week late). After two weeks, a missed homework assignment may not be made up. Any missed homework will receive a completion grade of zero. Note that some labs will consist of take home problem sets only whereas other homework will require use of software available on computers in Bolin 105 or Bolin 308 or other location TBA.
Lecture - Exam 1 = 12.5% of final grade; Lecture Exam 2 = 17.5% of final grade; Final Exam = 25% of final grade.
Homework – 30% 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 per week. Some homework may require use of software available in Bolin 105 or Bolin 308. Some homework may be tied to a possible field exercise – see special note below. Homework may include assigned readings and summaries of important technical papers (available online or through Moffett Library).
Research paper - Grade = 15% of final grade. The research paper grade will be derived as follows - 50% derived from submitted text and 50% derived from presentation. Presentation is limited to 15 minutes and will be followed by 3-5 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 five primary, peer reviewed 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 why you chose the particular topic); and (6) references (minimum of five 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 1.
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 two weeks 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.
See section on Grading Standrads for information and penalties for late exams and homework.
Attendance at all Lectures and Lab Sessions is expected. If you cannot attend a lecture please notify Dr. Meddaugh by email. Students with three or more unexcused lecture absences may be dropped from the course.
Students are expected to fully and completely abide by the University Honor Creed. 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.