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Postgraduate course

Integrated Interpretation of Seismic and Geophysical Data

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeGEOV372
  • Number of semesters1
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Objectives and Content

The goal of the course is to give the students advanced training in the interpretation of well logs and seismic attribute data as well as the coupling between these two data types. These are basic skills for further work in petroleum industry as well as in other industries and public resource management where subsurface data are central.

In the logging part of the course acquisition of log-data is presented, how the different logging tools work, what they measure and how log-data are used to interpret lithology, pore-fluid content, porosity and hydrocarbon contacts. In addition depositional environment interpretation, calculation of hydrocarbon volumes from well log data and tying between seismic and well data are covered. In the seismic part of the course, seismic interpretation techniques are presented with focus on visualization and interpretation of seismic attributes. The course makes use of the Petrel software. Understanding various data types and loading these into Petrel is included in this course.

Learning Outcomes

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

Knowledge After finishing the course the student will

  • know how well-log data and seismic data are being loaded into Petrel
  • have thorough knowledge of the different log-types, including gamma-ray, density, neutron and sonic logs
  • know how logs are tied to seismic data
  • understand how to use seismic attributes for the interpretation of facies and depositional environment

Skills After finishing the course the student will be able to

  • interpret lithology, fluid content, porosity and hydrocarbon contacts from well-log data
  • interpret depositional environment from well-log data
  • correlate logs
  • estimate hydrocarbon volumes from well-logs
  • tie logs to seismic
  • optimize visualization of seismic attribute data for the interpretation of facies and depositional environment.

General competence

  • Be able to use the above knowledge and skills acquired during the course to practical work related to prospect evaluation and reservoir characterization

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


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 are mandatory.

Forms of Assessment

Passed the compulsory activities.

Grading Scale

Passed / failed. No grading.

Reading List

No literature

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