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Postgraduate course

Advanced basin analysis

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


Level of Study

MSc, PhD

Teaching semester

Autumn. Intensive course.

This is a course with limited capacity.

Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course is cross-disciplinary and consists of three parts:

The first part of the course includes elements of geomatics, GIS, and digital outcrop geology. The focus is on the employment of modern digital mapping techniques, such as lidar, photogrammetry and remotely sensed imagery, how to interpret these data and employ them for modelling. The entire workflow is covered, from data acquisition methods, processing, and interpretation techniques.

The second part of the course will give students advanced understanding of interpretation and visualization of 3D seismic data. The course will focus on advanced techniques for conditioning seismic data, mapping surfaces and using a range of seismic attributes to investigate structures, geomorphology, and sedimentology of depositional systems. The program Petrel will be used in the course.

The third part provides the theoretical background and practical structural, sedimentary, and stratigraphic skills required to understand selected topics within integrated basin analysis. Topics covered will include a selection of the following: models of crustal stretching and basin formation, fault/fold growth, salt tectonics, source-to-sink, sedimentary processes, and sequence stratigraphy.

Learning Outcomes

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


After finishing the course, the student will

  • have essential knowledge allowing the use of modern digital mapping techniques
  • understand how to use seismic attributes for the interpretation of facies and depositional environment
  • have detailed knowledge in several themes in basin analysis
  • be familiar with central literature and current research within these themes
  • be able to apply this knowledge in individual research projects.


After finishing the course, the student will be able to

  • apply digital mapping techniques
  • interpret mapped data in integrated sedimentological and structural studies and apply them in modelling of reservoir analogues
  • optimize visualization of seismic attribute data, and apply these in interpretation of facies and depositional environment
  • apply central knowledge in basin analysis in the evaluation of a basins structural and/or sedimentological development

General competence

  • Be able to use the above knowledge and skills acquired during the course to practical work related to subsurface prospect evaluation and reservoir characterization for petroleum plays, CO2 storage repositories, and aquifers.

Required Previous Knowledge

GEOV101, GEOV102,GEOV111, Bachelor in geology, geophysics or equivalent skills

Recommended Previous Knowledge

GEOV107, GEOV260, GEOV272

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 and a half week.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

All lectures and practicals are mandatory.

Forms of Assessment

Written exam, 4 hours. Digital exam.

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.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    23.02.2023, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam