Course content

This course gives the students an introduction to the interpretation of seismic reflection data. First, the basic principles and limitations of the seismic method are reviewed before structural and stratigraphic interpretations are applied to 2D seismic data. The main part of the course deals with 3D seismic data and interactive interpretation on a work station, including introduction, structural and stratigraphic interpretation, reservoir identification and evaluation, horizon and formation attributes, visualization. The course is completed by project work analyzing a 3D seismic dataset from the Norwegian Continental Shelf and presentation of the results in a written report.

Learning outcome

After taking this course you will know:

  • Basic principles and practical experience in 2D/3D seismic interpretation.
  • Modern interpretation techniques/tools in an interactive workstation environment.
  • Seismic expression of various structural and stratigraphic features.
  • The role of seismic data in integrated basin analysis.
  • How to present project work and results in a written report.


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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with GEO4240 – Seismic Interpretation


Lectures and seminars in combination with compulsory practical exercises (3-6 hours per week). There will be project work that will culminate in a written project report that counts towards the final grade.

Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (

We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.


  • Compulsory exercises have to be approved before you can sit the final examination
  • A written project report counts for 40%
  • Final written examination (3 hours) counts for 60%.
  • All the component parts have to be passed in order to pass the subject

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course if you sit the exam for one of the following courses:

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Spring 2020


Spring 2020

Teaching language