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SOES6059 Basin Analysis

Module Overview

This module aims to increase your research-led analytical skills in the handling of sub-surface data using the tools routinely employed within the hydrocarbon industry. You will find similar software tools used throughout all UK industries be they energy, environment or minerals. The course will emulate work flows commonly employed in the petroleum industry and it represents a valuable opportunity to enhance your employability.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • use industry standard seismic interpretation, wireline logging and thermal modelling software
  • integrate basin resource data with literature
  • be able to estimate the probability of finding a resource given real geological data
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • work in a team
  • synthesise data, results and interpretation in report and oral form
  • integrate disparate datasets to solve a single problem
  • evaluate risk
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Analyse basins;
  • Use industry standard software to interpret geophysical and geochemical data;
  • Evaluate this data into a coherent basin model;
  • Evaluate this data for its resource implications;
  • Construct a very succinct industry targeted presentation.


You will use examples and data sets from the Wessex Basin. There will be three strands within the module. The taught component will involve a series of introductory lectures and labs on log correlation, seismic correlation, reservoirs, source rocks and hydrocarbon prospect risking, and on unconventional hydrocarbons and the role of hydrocarbons in the wider energy sector. This will reinforce skills learned earlier in the degree and introduce new skills. You will complete individual based practicals in the following: Geophysical: Use of Petrel for interpretation of seismic lines and for tying well log data to seismic data. Sedimentological: Use of industry standard wireline logging software will be used to digitally inspect and manipulate data such as gamma ray, sonic, neutron and density data, and use these to interpret rock types and stratigraphy. Geochemical: well logs, petrophysical properties, source rock environments, source rock evaluation, oil-source correlations, backstripping and burial history. These strands are not mutually exclusive. Once you have completed the individual practicals you will work to integrate these datasets with prospect risking and economics within a group. Within the group you are likely to initially work within a discipline specific strand. Following acquisition of specific data you will then integrate it within a multi-disciplinary team to formulate a joint presentation to an exploration manager.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Formal Lectures: 45-minute lectures will provide an introduction to the theory underlying each sub-discipline. Each lecture systematically covers the main concepts and topics by the use of PowerPoint presentations. Where relevant, lecturers' own research/commercial experience in the appropriate fields is brought into the lecturing sessions. References to relevant journal articles are provided as essential reading for each lecture. Practical sessions: each week of lectures is supported by a data handling practical so students learn how to apply the methodologies and interpret the data in terms of geological history and resource potential. Support: is provided by staff and/or technical labs. Presentations: Oral presentation of 15 minutes duration. A wide range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.

Independent Study100
Practical classes and workshops42
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Practical 40%
Report 60%

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: SOES3002 Petroleum Geology And Mineral Resources 2019-20


To study this module, you will need to have studied the following module(s):

SOES3002Petroleum Geology and Mineral Resources
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