Short Course Catalogue - Near Surface


Near Surface - Environmental Geophysics

Environmental Geophysics

Environmental Geophysics: Everything You Ever Wanted (Needed!) to Know but were Afraid to Ask!

Instructor: Prof. Dr Peter Styles (Keele University)

There are many excellent books and some courses dealing with environmental/near surface geophysics but they are all INWARD facing, i.e. aimed at geophysicists and students of geophysics and not truly accessible to the stakeholders and commissioners of environmental geophysics. This is a serious problem because much environmental/engineering geophysics is commissioned by other disciplines, most notably civil engineers, water engineers, nuclear engineers amongst others, where lack of clear communication can lead to ill-defined and inappropriately specified tenders and which, whilst the work may be adequately carried out, may still not deliver the desired information. This is an OUTWARD facing course for people who need to understand geophysics because it can solve their problems and will be driven by problems regularly encountered and their optimal geophysical solution in collaboration with the essential but last to be applied intrusive investigation.

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Geophysical Investigation of River Embankments

Instructor: Dr Ernst Niederleithinger (BAM)

The course will give a detailed introduction to geophysical river embankment investigation. This includes background knowledge on geotechnical and legal issues, an overview of available techniques and their proper implementation and interpretation. This will be supported by case studies and hands on experience using real data and industry standard geophysical software. Integration into geotechnical surveys is discussed as well as quality assurance and contracting. Participants are encouraged to bring their own questions and case studies.

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Near-Surface Geoscience

Instructor: Dr Andreas Laake (Schlumberger)

This course covers the geological and geophysical concepts governing the near-surface. Methods for investigating and characterizing the near-surface such as remote sensing and surface geophysical methods are presented. The different measurements are archived and integrated in a geographical information system (GIS). The final integration reveals geological information about the near-surface and provides geophysical information for corrections in seismic data processing.

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Near Surface - Non-Seismic Methods

Non-Seismic Methods

Gravity and Magnetic Methods for Oil & Gas and Mineral Exploration and Production

Instructor: Dr Yaoguo Li (Colorado School of Mines)

Gravity and magnetic data are among the oldest geophysical data acquired for the purpose of resource exploration and exploitation. They currently also have the widest areal coverage on the Earth, span a great range of scales, and play important roles in mineral, energy, and groundwater arenas. This course will focus on the methodology, numerical computation, solution strategy, and applications of 3D physical property inversions of gravity and magnetic data sets. The course is designed to have two tracks in order to meet the different needs of EAGE community in mineral exploration and in oil & gas exploration and production. We achieve this by dividing the course into two parts, and cover the methodologies common in potential-field methods in Part-I and discuss tools and applications specific to mineral exploration or oil & gas reservoir monitoring in Part-II.

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Overview of EM Methods with a Focus on the Multi-Transient Electromagnetic (MTEM) Method

Instructor: Dr Bruce Hobbs (Petroleum Geo-Services)

Following a brief summary of electromagnetic methods for exploration, the theoretical basis of the new MTEM method is presented together with practical methods of data acquisition and processing. Modelling and inversion for this new method are described and land and marine case studies are presented.

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The Use of Surface Waves for Near Surface Velocity Model Building

Instructor: Dr Laura Valentina Socco (Politecnico di Torino)

The use of surface wave analysis for near surface characterisation has dramatically increased in the last decade thanks to the possibility offered by this technique for shear wave velocity estimation. New tools and approaches have been developed for surface wave data acquisition and analysis to make the method robust and suitable to complex systems.

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Near Surface - Unconventionals


Shale Gas, CBM and UCG: How Unconventional!

Instructor: Prof. Dr Peter Styles (Keele University)

The huge interest in unconventional resources (Shale Gas, Tight Gas, Coal Bed Methane and Underground Coal Gasification) to provide energy security, price stability and export potential, which has seen an energy revolution in the US, has now had a significant impact in Europe. This course will spend some time exploring issues that have driven this including the politics and economics of the global gas market as compared to the conventional market. However, simply transferring the technology from the US has been more problematic than might have been envisaged because of geological complexity, public opposition due to lack of transparency and fears over the protection of groundwater. Most significantly the occurrence of small but perceptible earthquakes during initial shale gas exploration near Blackpool in the UK has led to delays in exploration and potentially new regulatory frameworks that are likely to apply widely in Europe. The course starts by looking at the geology and petrophysics of unconventional hydrocarbons and their distribution and variability globally, especially in Europe. The course will then explore the processes of hydraulic fracturing from a geomechanical, hydrogeological and process engineering point of view, looking especially at the fracture mechanics of the process, its interaction with shale horizons and over and underlying strata.

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