Petroleum-engineering geology field camp
Donna S. Anderson Colorado School of MinesAuthor Profile
GSA Poster (Acrobat (PDF) 5.6MB Oct21 04)
geologic controls on oil/gas accumulations and fluid flow in reservoirs
mapping structure and stratigraphy, observation, sketching, note-taking
Higher Order Thinking Skills:
analyzing multi-scalar data, integrating technology, projecting into the subsurface, iterative thought processes
3-D visualization, relating different professional workflows
junior-level undergraduate, petroleum engineering majors
mastery of basic science courses; exposure to geology and petroleum engineering principles
Role of Activity in a Course:
culmination of geology education, bridge to capstone, integrated senior design course
Data, Tools and LogisticsRequired Tools:
nothing specialized required; geophysical datasets donated by industry
keeping an applied science approach to maintain interest, keeping students comfortable with outdoors, students not always enthusiastic about subject matter
how learning impacts success in senior design course and over a career: does this experience make a difference?
Only technique used to date is interviews with alumni.
The field camp consists of daily lab exercises that focus on those aspects of sedimentary and structural geology that control fluid flow in petroleum reservoirs. Topics are linked and build on each other. Surface geology is related to subsurface by looking at outcrop that produce in subsurface; also link with geophysics. The final exercise that ties the labs together is a day-long Acquisition Gams where students use all the tool and knowledge gained to evaluate geologic, engineering and economic potential of fields in the field camp area.