Training Course Modules

We have developed our training modules over more than 20 years, and they are continually updated and upgraded, with new modules regularly being added to our training set.

The training modules are used both in our multi-client courses and in courses designed for individual clients.  Modules typically last 60 to 90 minutes, and many have associated optional workshops which vary from around 30 to 60 minutes in duration, and put into practice many of the concepts covered in the lectures.

Introductory Petroleum Geochemistry

1. Geochemical interpretation – Introduction
2. Analysis – Selection & quality control
3. Source rock deposition
4. Recognizing and characterizing source rocks
5. Measured maturity indicators
6. Qualitative and quantitative hydrocarbon generation
7. Expulsion of oil & gas
8. Migration of oil & gas
9. Source rocks & wireline logs

Advanced Petroleum Geochemistry

10. Analysis – Molecular geochemistry
11. Introduction to biomarkers
12. Biomarker interpretation: Origin and source
13. Biomarker interpretation: Source rock environment
14. Biomarker interpretation: Source rock age
15. Non-biomarker compounds
16. Stable isotopes in petroleum geochemistry
17. Maturity assessment: Biomarkers
18. Maturity assessment: Other molecular tools
19. Petroleum alteration: Migration & fractionation
20. Petroleum alteration: Biodegradation & water washing
21. Reservoir geochemistry
22. Oil-oil and oil-source correlations
23. Correlations: Examples and case histories
24. Recognizing and deconvoluting oil mixtures
25. Introduction to hydrocarbon gas geochemistry
26. Gas geochemistry: Generation and alteration effects
27. Gas geochemistry: Tracing the origin of wet gases (including Workshop)
28. Gas geochemistry: Tracing the origin of dry gas (including Workshop)


APG1: Introduction to geochemical data reports
APG2: Biomarker interpretation: Source age and environment
APG3: Biomarker interpretation: Maturity
APG4: Effects of petroleum biodegradation
APG5: Oil-oil correlation
APG6: Oil-oil correlation and oil mixtures

Basin & Petroleum Systems Modelling

29. Introduction to basin & petroleum systems modelling
30. B & PS modelling inputs and parameterization
31. Temperature and maturity calibration of basin models
32. Geothermics and tectonic settings of basins
33. Source rocks in models: kinetics, initial potential and volumetrics
34. Introduction to 3-D modelling: Carrier beds and seals
35. Modelling of hydrocarbon migration
36. Risk analysis in basin & petroleum systems models


BPSM1: Building 1-D models in Genesis
BPSM2: Thermal calibration of 1-D models in project context
BPSM3: Source rock kinetics and hydrocarbon potential in Kinex
BPSM4: Building a 3-D basin model in Trinity
BPSM5: Calibrating the 3-D thermal model with well data
BPSM6: Modelling petroleum migration and entrapment
BPSM7: Using HotSpot to manipulate and create data displays
BPSM8: Model assessment, uncertainty and risk analysis