American Association of Petroleum Geologists

AAPG - an International Organization

Slides and talking points are provided courtesy of AAPG Visiting Geoscientist Fred W. Schroeder.

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Geology and Geophysics Applied to Industry:

An Introduction to the Hunt For Oil for Geoscientists not within Industry

Sample Agendas
  1. Basic - 6 hours
  2. Basic - 4 hours
  3. Intermediate - 5 hours
  4. Seismic Data - 5 hours
  5. Prospecting - 4 hours
  6. Structure - 5 hours
  7. Stratigraphy - 5 hours
  8. Plays, Wells, Prospects - 5 hours
  9. 1 Day
  10. 2 Day
Supplies needed for most exercises:
  • Pen or pencil (for taking notes)
  • Colored pencils: red, yellow, blue, green and #2 (graphite)
  • Eraser

Most of the material in this short course is courtesy of ExxonMobil and the original material was compiled by Fred W. Schroeder.

All units contain slides and lectures with lecture notes. Those including exercises are designated with the word “Exercise”.

Materials provide herein was designed for an AAPG-VGP short course. The intended audience is upper class undergraduate students, Masters candidates and PhD candidates in any branch of geoscience. Much of the material is basic and is intended for students who do not have much prior knowledge of Petroleum Geology and/or Exploration Seismology.

Portions of this short course have been presented on 35+ U.S. campuses with a wide spectrum of students (Freshman to Post Docs). Feedback from students and faculty has been very positive.

There are 17 units that can be used to build an agenda "cafeteria-style" based on the needs of the department and the instructor's experience. Most units consist of a lecture (20 to 40 minutes) and one or more hands-on, paper-based exercises. Lectures have "notes" pages with speaking points and exercises have a "READ ME" file with recommendations on running each exercise. Several agendas are provided to the right.

Short courses to date have varied between 4 hours and 16 hours (over 2 days). The most common agendas have been (a) 5 to 6 hours on weekdays starting between 3:00 and 5:00 PM, and (b) 5 to 8 hours on Saturdays starting between 8:00 AM and noon.

Terms of Use

Professors or volunteers teaching students are encouraged to use these materials with the following understanding. Materials presented here (lectures and exercises) can be modified by the presenter subject to the following constraints:

  1. The last slide in Unit 0 that gives published references must be shown at some point during each presentation. Download last slide, Unit 0.
  2. Images that are copyrighted must retain the copyright and source information as displayed, even if you use the images to create new slides.
  3. Slides that are used from this website must have visible the labels "Courtesy of ExxonMobil" and "FWSchroeder."
  4. These materials are provided as a public service and should not be used for in-house training or for presentations in which the presenter directly or indirectly receives more than a nominal honorarium.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists
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