Geology and Field Development: The Geologist in relation to the other Disciplines

Evert Uitentuis 
5 days

Business context

The objective of this course to improve communication between the various disciplines within the Petroleum Engineering team dealing with the sustainable development of hydrocarbons. Starting with the initial planning phase, the definition of data gathering procedures, drilling of wells, reservoir production monitoring and finally abandonment will be dealt with.

Who should attend

Geologists, Petroleum Engineers dealing with field development and data gathering (Logs, Cores, Well Tests). Alternatively the course can be given specifically to Geologists covering less known activities. 

Prerequisite: On-the-job experience (2 - 4 years), Basic Applied Petroleum Engineering.

Course content

Development Geological Process - Field Development Planning - Managing Uncertainty - General Geological Concepts - Basic Petroleum Engineering - Development Planning (Wells:  Location & Spacing) - Data Gathering (Seismic - Logs - Cores - Well Tests - Production) - Reservoir Properties (Porosity - Permeability - Clay Chemistry) - Reservoir Stimulation (Fraccing - Perforating - Acid Treatment) - Well Abandonment

Learning, methods and tools

Improved communication is often a result of practice, hence a significant part of this course will comprise of (team) exercises where the emphasis will be on understanding how to effectively and rationally define and plan a (subsurface) project. At the end of the course participants should be aware of their role in the project team. In addition they should be familiar what one can ask a geologist and visa versa what a geologist can expect from the other disciplines. Improved communication leads to better, safer, more efficient and more cost effective projects. 

Day by day programme


  • Introduction
  • Historical Background
  • Project Teams & Development Life Cycle
  • Development Geological Process
  • Field Development Planning
  • Start of Integrated Field Exercise


Day 2

  • Introduction Petroleum Geology
  • Continuation of Integrated Field Exercise


Day 3

  • Development Planning and Execution
  • Continuation of Integrated Field Exercise


Day 4

  • Data Gathering
  • Production (Impacts on Geological Model)
  • Continuation of Integrated Field Exercise


Day 5

  • Reservoir Properties
  • Reservoir Stimulation
  • Finalisation of Integrated Field Exercise
  • Close Out