This course provides a complete overview of wellsite operations from the perspective of the Operations Geologist and the Wellsite Geologist. The focus is on being able to understand the job functions that are typically performed at the wellsite, and what use is made of the large amounts of data collected. The course will also provide an overview of essential drilling operations that have a direct bearing on these discliplines.
Wellsite geologists study rock cuttings from oil and gas wells to determine what rock formations are being drilled into and how drilling should proceed. They identify critical strata from core samples and rock-cutting data and build up knowledge of the structure being drilled. They are experienced geologists, deciding when specialized tests should be carried out and, ultimately, when to stop drilling. They send reports and logs of completed drilling to the operations geologist and offer geological advice to oil company representatives. They also incorporate health and safety requirements in daily geological operations. Wellsite geologists also liaise with drilling engineers, petroleum engineers and mudloggers during the course of projects.
Participants will learn the techniques used by wellsite geologists in formation evaluation through a combination of lectures and exercises that can typically be done at the wellsite. At the end of the course, the participants should have a good understanding and knowledge of the requirements of both Operations and Wellsite Geology.
The course will blend classroom instruction with several practical exercise sessions. If location permits, a visit to a wellsite can be arranged.