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Course content

This course provides an introduction to reservoir geophysics/seismic with special emphasizes on an integrated and multi-disciplinary approach. The topics are central to those planning to work as geologists/geophysicists within the petroleum industry.

Learning outcome

After completion of this course:

  • you are familiar with seismic attributes and can carry out AVO analyses using Hampson-Russel software
  • you can do calculations based on Gassmann-Biot theory
  • you understand the use and basic processing of 4D seismic, 4C (four component) seismic and CSEM (electromagnetic data)
  • you can explain the role of reservoir simulation, rock physics and seismic as used in reservoir monitoring.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

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


Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with GEO9260 – Reservoir Geophysics


4 hours of lecturing and 1 hour of problem solving per week (total of 12 weeks). Complete intensive course within reservoir seismic processing employing Hampson-Russel software (approx. 25 hours).

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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (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 data assignments, 30%. Final written exam (3 hours) (70%).

The final written exam will be given only in english.

Language of examination

In this course any written exam questions or assignment questions may be available in English only.

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

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

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.

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.

This course was periodic evaluated in autumn 2013 (pdf, in Norwegian).

Facts about this course






Spring 2020

Autumn 2019

GEO4260 change teaching semester to spring in 2020.


Spring 2020

Autumn 2019

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