GEO9270 – Integrated Basin Analysis and Prospect Evaluation

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Course content

  • Integration of different disciplines/data types (seismic, well data)
  • Definition of main problems (basin/reservoir)
  • Examples/exercises affiliated with field/seismics
  • Use of modern tools (interpretation/visualization)
  • Quantative analysis (basin modelling)

Learning outcome

Knowledge aims:

  • Integrate geological and geophysical data in different scales (basin, field/prospect and reservoir) and build models that will be used in numerical modeling
  • Acquire knowledge on the basic principles, possibilities and limits related to different modeling tools (basin modeling, reservoir modeling)
  • Be able to use modeling results to illustrate important geological processes related to basin formation and evolution together with maturation and migration of oil and gas
  • Identify potential traps/reservoirs that may contain oil/gas and use both seismic and well data to construct a reservoir model

Level of skills:

  • Master basic principles and techniques related to numerical modeling
  • Get insight into standard workflows for exploration used by the petroleum industry
  • Integrate and discuss own results, published data and research results by means of a written report and an oral presentation


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Recommended previous knowledge

GEO4240 – Seismic Interpretation; GEO4250 – Reservoir Geology


Introductory lectures and projects focusing an acquiring practical skills, oral presentations and written reports. Students will present selected articles related to the course curriculum.

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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Study administration, email address:



An essay and a final oral exam. Both exam parts must be passed in order to pass the course.

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 pass/fail scale. 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.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

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Autumn 2018


Autumn 2018

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