By - Jon Brown

Petroleum Geology for Non-Geologists
January 14-15, 2019 | Denver, CO

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Geology is a fundamental aspect of the modern effort to locate and usefully exploit hydrocarbons (petroleum, natural gas and even coal). A basic understanding of its concepts, terminology and scope is indispensable for anyone working within the petroleum industry.

This course is designed for oil and gas professionals with little or no technical training. The primary objectives of this course are to broaden attendees’ geological vocabulary, explain selected geological principles and processes, describe how certain petroleum reservoirs and source rocks are formed and highlight the important connections from exploration to consumption of petroleum products. Participants will acquire an understanding of the geological principles employed to find, develop and produce oil and gas reservoirs, the type of data required to build a model of the subsurface, and the different methods used to display information. The value and limitations of different data sources will be discussed. Emphasis is placed on the exploration, production and applied aspects of petroleum geology. The course will demonstrate how appropriate use of geological information can lead to better management decisions and thus improve the value of oil and gas projects.

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize the most common rocks and minerals
  • Define the different types of crude oils and natural gases and their measurements
  • Identify the basic processes in the formation and deformation of sedimentary rocks
  • Review the tasks performed by a petroleum geologist
  • Examine the formation of natural gas and crude oil
  • Evaluate the occurrence and distribution of crude oil and natural gas
  • Appraise the characteristics of petroleum traps
  • Assess the use of geological and seismic data in petroleum exploration
  • Determine how to drill a well
  • Identify common petroleum geology vocabulary, technique and equipment
  • Review well testing and qualitatively interpreting well logs
  • Identify how to complete a well, the language, techniques and equipment
  • Examine how to produce crude oil and natural gas, calculate reserves, stimulate wells and improve oil recovery



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.5 CEUs for this event.

The American Association of Professional Landmen unites more than 18,000 landmen and land-related
persons throughout 44 affiliated local associations in the United States and in Canada. AAPL serves as
the voice of the landman profession to encourage fair trading terms that work in the best interest of all
parties, wise utilization of natural resources and responsible employment of the land’s surface.

EUCI is authorized by AAPL to offer 15 AAPL credits for this event.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this program.


Monday, January 14, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


  • What is petroleum geology
  • Where petroleum is found: Common rocks and minerals
  • When is petroleum formed

The Nature of Petroleum

  • Types of petroleum products
  • Occurrence and distribution of crude oil and natural gas
  • Measurements

Where Petroleum Forms: Sedimentary Rocks

  • Types of sedimentary rocks
  • How sedimentary rock deformed
  • Distribution of sedimentary rocks

How Petroleum is Formed and Accumulates

  • Petroleum generation
  • Petroleum maturation
  • Petroleum migration

Petroleum Accumulation and Traps

  • Reservoir rocks
  • Seal and cap rocks
  • Traps

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Methods of Exploration for Petroleum

  • Geologic and geochemical methods
  • Geophysical and seismic methods
  • Mapping

Well Drilling

  • Preliminaries
  • Drilling techniques
  • Types of drilling

Testing for Oil

  • Types of well tests
  • Well logging
  • Other well surveys

Well Completion

  • Types of well completion
  • Well casing and tubings
  • Well heads and christmas trees

Well Production, Transportation and Storage

  • How petroleum is produced
  • Well stimulation
  • Transportation and storage of petroleum

Petroleum Reserves and Recovery

  • Calculating crude oil and natural gas reserves
  • Methods of improving oil recovery


Hendratta Ali, PhD, Professor, Fort Hays State University

Hendratta Ali graduate from the Boone Pickens School of Geology at Oklahoma State University (OSU), Stillwater Oklahoma with a Doctorate degree in Geology. Prior to her PhD, she obtained a B.Sc. in Earth Sciences (1998), an M.Sc (2003) and a post master’s diploma -DEA (2005) in soil and environmental geosciences.

She currently coordinates the petroleum program and teaches Petroleum Geology classes in the Geosciences department at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) located in Hays, Kansas. She is in charge of developing and growing the new petroleum geology program and teaches courses such as petroleum geology, seismic interpretation, geophysical well logging, stratigraphy and serve as a faculty advisor to student organizations.

She is author of three peer reviewed journal articles and multiple abstracts presented at national and international conferences. She is a recipient of multiple academic Scholarships and serves in several leadership roles. She is the current vice president and technical coordinator of Geophysical Society of Kansas, Society of exploration geophysicists committee for university and student programs and committee member of the SEG women’s network committee. She has several professional affiliation memberships including but not limited to the American Association of Petroleum Geologist (AAPG), the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the Geological Society of Kansas, the Geophysical Society of Kansas.


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