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Unit Overview


Structural analysis in energy 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 and influence rock behaviour in relation to fluids at basin to reservoir scales. Modules on geomechanis and microscale deformation examiners conditions and results of fracturing and rock failure. Emphasis is placed on the development of practical skills in structural analysis and interpretation of basin history.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) describe 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 geoscience data; (3) apply these techniques to solve problems related to structural interpretation of seismic and other geoscience data; and (4) communicate results and interpretations via oral, written and graphical summaries.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical exercises and (2) combined theory/practical examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Myra Keep
Unit rules
Enrolment in
72550 Master of Geoscience
or 70630 Master of Science
or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours)
or 73540 Master of Petroleum Geoscience
Advisable prior study
GEOS4412 Petroleum Systems
or EART3343 Structural Geology and Tectonics
or equivalents
Contact hours
workshops: 8 hours per week
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