Postgraduate course

Advanced basin analysis

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeGEOV364
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Teaching semester

Autumn. Intensive course.

This is a course with limited capacity.

Objectives and Content

The goal of the course is to give insight into relevant new research and methods in petroleum geology. Students will get to know central literature and the newest research within the topics and will be able to apply the knowledge in their own research project. The course content is updated regularly.

The course contains two modules, each being taught intensively for one week.
Module 1: Gives an introduction to data acquisition, processing, interpretation and use of virtual outcrop analogues for reservoir modelling purposes. The course includes two days with demonstration and exercises with lidar scanning and drones as well as processing of acquired data, two days with lectures dealing with interpretation of virtual outcrops and use of outcrop analogues, and one day with practical exercises including the use of digital interpretation software.
Module 2: Gives an introduction to physical processes which influences sedimentary rocks after deposition and during burial, including thermal processes, pore pressure build-up and rock mechanical processes, and demonstrates how these processes influences the presence of oil- and gas and reservoir quality.

Learning Outcomes

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

Student shall be able to

  • explain basic concepts and definitions related to virtual outcrop data
  • discuss equipment, acquisition strategies and processing of lidar and drone pictures
  • explain basic principles for the choice of outcrop analogues
  • discuss and critically asses sources of error related to the interpretation of virtual outcrops
  • explain how outcrop analogues can be used at different levels in the process of building reservoir models
  • explain which factors are controlling the temperature and thermal history of sedimentary rocks
  • explain how pore pressure is formed and which consequences high pore pressure has for the sealing of hydrocarbons and CO2 in the subsurface
  • explain how vertical and horizontal stress develops and the importance of changes in the stress field has for fluid flow in the subsurface
  • know different sources of data for temperature, pore pressure and stress and understand the limitations and uncertainties related to these
  • explain how physical processes are influenced by temperature, pore pressure and stress can be simulated in integrated basin modeling


  • is able to design a plan for acquisition of data from an outcrop
  • has basic technical knowledge in the use of equipment and software applied for acquisition and interpretation of virtual outcrop data
  • can perform a critical assessment of bed-boundaries and structures in a virtual outcrop
  • is able to evaluate the results from integrated basin modelling by assessing the uncertainty of input-data

General competence

  • is able to use the knowledge and skills acquired during the course in practical work tasks related to acquisition, processing and interpretation of virtual outcrop data
  • is able to use the knowledge and skills acquired during the course in practical work tasks related to description of physical processes influencing sediments and sedimentary rocks during burial

Required Previous Knowledge

Bachelor in geology, geophysics or equivalent skills

Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences


Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is given intensively as lectures and practicals six hours per day over two weeks.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

All lectures and practicals are mandatory.

Forms of Assessment

Written, 4 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

    Withdrawal deadline