GEOS5506 Structural Analysis for Petroleum Geoscience

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 5 elective
  • Honours option in Geology [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Structural analysis in petroleum geoscience spans a range of scales from tectonic scale to reservoir scale. This unit explores how to interpret seismic and other relevant industry data and aims to help students understand how tectonic structures control petroleum prospectivity at basin to reservoir scales. Emphasis is placed on the development of practical skills relating to structural analysis and interpretation of basin history.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of key concepts and processes of structural analysis at a variety of scales; (2) demonstrate knowledge of structural analysis techniques at various scales relevant to the interpretation of seismic and other petroleum exploration data; and (3) apply these techniques to solve problems related to structural interpretation of seismic and other exploration data.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical exercises undertaken in class and in out-of-class time and (2) combined theory/practical examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Myra Keep
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Geoscience (72550) or Master of Science (thesis and coursework) (70630) or Bachelor of Science Honours (BH004) or Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540)
Advisable prior study:
GEOS4412 Petroleum Systems or EART3343 Structural Geology and Tectonics or equivalents
GEOS4412 Petroleum Systems prior to 2015
Contact hours
workshops: 8 hours per week
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