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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE5615M Field Class: Petroleum Reservoir Analogues

15 creditsClass Size: 5

Module manager: Prof Paul Glover

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of year 2 of programme

This module is mutually exclusive with

SOEE3560Petroleum Reservoir Fieldtrip

This module is not approved as an Elective


This module is designed to be a stand-alone course, without pre- or co-requisites. At the end of the module, students should:
- Be familiar with aspects of the geological evolution of the North Sea Basin, with particular reference to its hydrocarbon potential
- Have experience of relating geological features observed across a range of scales, from seismic cross-sections to geophysical log data and to outcrop
- Have gained an awareness of the roles and interactions of geoscientists and petroleum engineers in developing a static reservoir model
- Be familiar with the methods, nomenclature and parameters which are used to characterise source rock potential and the reservoir properties of rocks from outcrop and log data.
- Understand how primary depositional architecture and secondary diagenetic features, and faults and fractures may influence fluid flow in a variety of hydrocarbon reservoir and aquifer analogues.
- Be aware of the uncertainties in geological data and in the modelling process with respect to a static reservoir model.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students should have gained some combination of:
- Enhanced skills in field safety analysis, field observation, sedimentary logging and sequence stratigraphic analysis
- Awareness of the physical parameters characterised for reservoir engineering purposes
- Awareness of the need to recognise, communicate and handle geological uncertainty in reservoir model development
- Skills in outcrop-well and well-seismic correlation
- Exposure to a variety of carbonate and siliciclastic reservoir analogue rocks in outcrop, including fractured reservoirs, and to comparative data from the subsurface.

Skills outcomes
Students will have the opportunity to carry out some combination of independent field observations, integrative team exercises, individual oral presentations, classroom-based presentations and team presentations.


- Evolution of the North Sea Basin and petroleum system.
- Hydrocarbon source rock characteristics; type II marine oil-prone source rocks and type III terrestrial gas-prone source rocks.
- Reservoir quality and architecture; outcrop examples and 3-dimensional architecture of fluvial, deltaic, shallow marine and aeolian reservoir sandstones, and of oolitic carbonate and fractured chalk reservoir analogues.
- Construction of a static reservoir model and its iteration in response to incoming geological data.
- Reservoir performance; reservoir connectivity during petroleum charge and in production, controls upon primary and secondary porosity and permeability distribution, poro-perm modification by faulting and fracturing, and implications for production.

NB The fieldtrip will incur a cost if it is an optional module on your programme.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours100.00
Total Contact hours50.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

- Reading preparatory to field trip.
- Review of field notebooks and organisation of data.
- Development of individual posters integrating prior reading with field observations.
- Research and development of independent project, leading to written report on the regional context of observed reservoir analogues.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Monitoring and formative feedback provided via field-based and classroom-based work sessions.
- Feedback on oral and team presentations.
- Informal tutorial support (tutor office hours will be specified) available for independent project work.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report2,000 word40.00
PresentationVerbal presentation in the field10.00
Poster PresentationTeam exercise20.00
Poster PresentationIndividual exercise30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:46:36


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