4 Apr, 2018

INSIDE LOOK at Mapping Subsurface Structures

James Morse gives us an inside look at his course and its benefits in this Q&A interview. Upcoming public sessions can be found at Mapping Subsurface Structures (MSS). If you would like this course taught at your location, PetroSkills can also bring MSS to your company through an in-house training session. 



Q&A with PetroSkills Instructor James Morse

QWhat are the main takeaways for participants when they take your course?

A: Participants leave MSS with the ability to:

Visualize structures in 3-D from maps and cross sections.

Produce accurate structure maps of markers cut by one or several faults.

Markedly improve structure maps by:

► Requiring them to honor the in-hole dip and azimuth data from dipmeter and borehole-image logs.

► Constructing maps on multiple markers and requiring them to be consistent with each other.

► Applying numerous other quality-control criteria and methods.


QHow does Mapping Subsurface Structures benefit a participant’s career?

A: The knowledge and skills that participants acquire in MSS are useful and essential in many phases of the lifecycle of an oil or gas asset, including exploration, delineation, development and reservoir management. Participants who go on to enter the ranks of management will benefit from being able to evaluate the quality of proposed wells and acquisitions.


QWhy is this course important/relevant in today's industry? 

A: Having an accurate picture of the subsurface structure (including accurate fault-plane maps) is essential in both conventional and unconventional plays. Thus, the knowledge and skills that participants acquire in MSS are important and relevant today and they will continue to be so in the future, regardless of whether unconventional plays become more prevalent worldwide than conventional (or vice-versa).


Participant Testimonials

"The course gave a very good basic understanding of structured geology as a whole. For me, not being a geologist, this helped a lot to clarify concepts, terms for my general career development." - Junior Geophysicist, Austria

"It is applicable to my job, especially the QC of the structural maps." - Exploration Geologist, United Arab Emirates

"I enjoyed the course. I liked the practical exercises, examples that I will relate to my daily work." - Junior Reservoir Geologist, Romania

"This course was great overall. I learned a lot while enjoying as well." - Junior Geoscientist, Romania


Register for an in-house session of Mapping Subsurface Structures today!


LEVEL: Foundation

INSTRUCTOR: Mr. James Morse

Mapping Subsurface Structures (MSS) is a foundational geology course taught by Mr. James Morse. Not just a collection of rules of thumb, this class presents the fundamental concepts and techniques required to accurately construct structure maps in 3D so that you will get the most out of your data. Principles and techniques are illustrated by solving numerous exercises by hand (with drafting tools and a calculator) using strategies and workflows analogous to those that participants will use back at the office using computers. Participants are prepared to develop more accurate structural models of reservoirs, avoid dry holes, find new traps in old fields, extract the maximum information from exploration wells and validate or recognize errors in existing interpretations.