Course Description

Characterization is a significant part of developing, monitoring, and managing a reservoir and optimizing production. Explore characterization and evaluation methods that adapted from the petroleum industry can be used for the clean energy pathways (CEPs) subsurface evaluation. Different analyses may provide a more objective understanding of reservoir properties.

Learn how every method has its advantages and disadvantages, and how selective application of logging methods and data interpretation can deliver reasonable reservoir interpretation.

Course Details

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Discuss the applicability of hydrocarbon industry training and skills to CEP evaluation
  • Describe and discuss how laboratory and well-log analysis methods can be used for CEP evaluation
  • Describe how rate-transient and pressure-transient analysis methods can be used to evaluate subsurface reservoir and hydraulic fracture properties for CEP evaluation
  • Discuss how drilling data analysis can complement log and core analysis
  • Provide some examples of how geochemical analysis of produced fluids can be used to constrain other subsurface characterization methods
  • Discuss how seismic and passive seismic methods can be used for CEP evaluation
  • Understand the basic theory behind each of these characterization methods
  • Provide specific examples of the application of these methods to CEP evaluation

Topics of instruction

  • Core analysis
  • Log analysis
  • Rate-transient analysis
  • Pressure-transient analysis
  • Drilling data analysis
  • Geochemical analysis
  • Seismic methods
  • Passive seismic methods

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Online Asynchronous
Feb 12, 2024 to Mar 24, 2024
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Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $699.00
Potential Price Adjustments
  • Christopher Clarkson
  • David Eaton
Section Notes

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post the course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources page. 
Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

Program structure is three courses as follows:
Course 1 (SCE601) – Clean Energy Pathways using the Subsurface
Course 2 (SCE602) – Subsurface Characterization and Evaluation
Course 3 (SCE603) – Regulatory, Economic, Indigenous and Public Perception Aspects of Clean Energy Pathways

Asynchronous content – videos, assigned readings; at your own schedule
Synchronous content – webinars, panel discussions; scheduled in D2L, Thursdays, noon - 1:00 pm (MT)  

Knowledge checks – not graded, but required to ensure understanding achieved
Final exam per course – graded, letter-grade assigned, requirement of B- for successful completion

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