Geology - Structural Geology

Geology for Non-Geologists



  Dr George Bertram (Stratigraphic Research Int., Glasgow, United Kingdom)


  2 days


  Geology – Structural Geology






  10 CPD points




Course description

The course comprises a series of talks on the fundamentals of geology interspersed with short practical exercises and discussions. The objective of the course is to introduce attendees to the science of geology with a particular emphasis on its application for the exploration of hydrocarbons.


Course objectives

  • Understand basic geological concepts, principles and terminology;
  • Appreciate the role of geology in the hydrocarbon exploration industry


Course outline

  1. Introduction
  2. History and Principles of Geology
  3. The Structure of the Earth
  4. Rock Types and Key Recognition Criteria
  5. Structural Geology - Folds, Faults and Maps
  6. Depositional Environments and Processes
  7. Occurrence and Prediction of Source, Reservoir and Seal
  8. Plays and Traps


Participants' profile

This course is principally intended for geophysicists who have no background in geology but it should be of value to all technologists working in the hydrocarbon industry who interact with geologists.



Participants should have an understanding of basic scientific principles and an interest in finding out more about geology.


About the instructor

George BertramGeorge Bertram is a geoscientist who has worked in the oil industry for over thirty years. During his career he has been involved in world-wide exploration with Exxon, Britoil and BP. In BP he ran the Stratigraphic Studies group and was responsible for modernising and teaching the in-house seismic stratigraphy course. After a spell as Technology Manager for Exploration he left BP in 1994 to set up Stratigraphic Research International. Since then he has built and run in-house core courses and workshops for many individual oil companies as well as teaching on behalf of JAPEC in London, I.P.A. in Jakarta, NCPGG and A.M.F. in Australia and the Nautilus Geotechnical Training Alliance in UK & US. He is currently an Associate Professor at I.F.P. in Paris and an Hon. Research Fellow at Glasgow University. His publications include articles on North Sea Geology, Trap Styles and Carbonate Development in the Maldives. He was co-editor with John Van Wagoner of AAPG Memoir 64 on Sequence Stratigraphy in Foreland Basin Deposits and he was also a co-author of the textbook “Sequence Stratigraphy”. He recently contributed the chapter on Seismic and Sequence Stratigraphic Analysis in the Roberts and Bally publication “Principles of Geological Analysis”. In addition to teaching and organising “designer” workshops, he regularly consults for oil companies world-wide, project managing and assisting in interpretation, acreage evaluation, farm-in assessments and supplying advice on a range of general exploration matters.


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