Postgraduate course

Applied Reservoir Modelling

Teaching semester

Spring. Intensive course. This is a course with limited capacity.

Objectives and Content

Reservoir models are digital tools for three-dimensional description of structures, geometries and property-distributions in the subsurface. The course gives an introduction in theory and techniques for building reservoir models as well as practicals in modelling.
The course is taught intensively during one week and is subdivided into two days with lectures giving the theoretical background and three days with exercises. The course includes presentation of fields of application, choice of model-design vs usage, work-flow in the modelling process, as well as techniques, algorithms and data which are being used for structural modelling, grid-building, facies modelling and petrophysical modelling. Basic introduction to re-scaling, flow simulation and uncertainty assessment will also be given.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

The student

  • can explain basic expressions, definitions and concepts which are essential in geostatistics and practical reservoir modelling
  • can discuss aspects related to scaling
  • can explain the reasoning behind model design and choice of modelling concept
  • can explain the principles for the construction of structural models
  • can demonstrate how a model grid is being structured
  • can discuss choice of algorithms for the modelling of different depositional environments
  • can discuss limitations contained in data and modelling tools
  • can discuss the handling of uncertainty in reservoir models
  • have basic knowledge related to the usage of reservoir modelling software
  • have basic knowledge about flow-modelling

Student can

  • sketch a model design from data available and the purpose of the model
  • design a step-wise work-flow for a model
  • critically compile a geological set of data for a given modelling task
  • build a structure model based on faults, mapped horizons and thickness maps
  • construct an appropriate grid-design based on structural geological and sedimentological information, CPU limitations and the task of the model
  • generate simple facies models and petrophysical models
  • manage an uncertainty assessment based on model realizations
  • critically asses a reservoir model

General competence
The student can use the knowledge and skills acquired during the course in practical work tasks related to modelling of reservoirs

Required Previous Knowledge

GEOV101. Bachelor in geology, geophysics or equivalent skills

Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a master¿s programme at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences http://www.uib.no/matnat/52646/opptak-ved-mn-fakultetet

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is given intensively as lectures and practicals six hours per day in one week

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

All lectures are mandatory, in addition to mandatory practicals. Mandatory assignments are valid for 2 subsequent semesters.

Forms of Assessment

Written exam (3 hours)

Examination Support Material

All calculators, according to the faculty regulations

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester

Reading List

Background literature will be defined/handed out during the course

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.

Course Coordinator

The course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or you may contact studierettleiar@geo.uib.no

Course Administrator

The Faculty for Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Earth Science has the administrative responsibility for the course and program


Contact Information

The student coordinator can be contacted here:


Tlf 55 58 35 19

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    21.02.2018, 09:00
    3 hours
    Withdrawal deadline