Basic Petroleum Geology for the Non-Geologist

Learn the fundamentals of petroleum exploration, drilling and production! Understanding the big picture of the oil and gas industry will enable you to communicate more efficiently and perform your job more effectively.
You will be introduced to exploration techniques and tools that geologists and geophysicists use, such as correlation, mapping, and seismic.

Dr. Norman J. Hyne, the instructor, will explain the methods used to drill, test, and complete a well, and how the gas and oil are produced.

You will work with samples of geological and engineering materials, plus you will learn to identify common rocks and minerals using various different hands-on methods.

Exercises throughout the course provide practical experience with well correlation, well log interpretation, subsurface map interpretation, and seismic interpretation. You will actually locate where to drill a well on the map you correlated!

This seminar is well illustrated with continuous power points plus hands-on samples including a drill bit, the Wilcox Sandstone, and samples of various crude oils.

BONUS: You will hear stories throughout the program of many oil and gas professionals, which helps bring the industry to life.


*You will see how the processes behind petroleum exploration and production contribute to your company.
*Your newly acquired skill set can immediately be put to work increasing your overall job productivity.
*This program will build your enthusiasm for the petroleum industry and increase your confidence.
*Obtaining a better understanding of the industry will allow you to communicate efficiently with others in your company.

Participant Comments:

“Excellent course. Learned a ton and was engaged the entire three days.” (Landman, Noble Energy, Inc.)
“This class is a must for anybody that provides any kind of services to petroleum geologists.” (Technology Delivery Analyst, ExxonMobil)
“This course was amazingly informative. I wasn’t expecting to learn as much as I did. Who thought rocks could be so cool?” (Secretary, DOI-BSE)
“Excellent job explaining basic concepts in an entertaining fashion and then showing how knowledge is practically applied to the petroleum industry.” (Threat Analyst, Chevron)

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Phone: 918-631-3088
Email: cese@utulsa.edu

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Norman J. Hyne, PhD
AAPG’s Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Recipient
Certified Petroleum Geologist
Tulsa Geoscience Center Executive Director

Who Should Attend

Do you need an overall perspective of petroleum exploration, drilling, and production in order to be more productive at your job? If so, this seminar is for you! Past participants have included:

    • Managers
    • Accountants
    • Landmen
    • Draftsmen
    • Attorneys
    • Administrative Assistants and Clerks
    • Geological and Geophysical Technicians
    • Investors
    • Petroleum Service Personnel
    • Petroleum Banking and Financial Ventures Personnel
    • Business Administrators and Executives
    • Human Resources Personnel
    • Geophysicists without geological training
    • Computer Programmers
    • Economists
    • Engineers

*There are no prerequisites for attendance.

During this three-day seminar, you will learn. . .

  • The basic processes in the formation of rocks and petroleum.
  • The occurrence, distribution, and nature of oil and gas.
  • The use of geological and seismic data in petroleum exploration.
  • How to explore for oil and gas.
  • How to drill and complete a well.
  • How to qualitatively interpret well logs.
  • How to produce petroleum and calculate reserves.


  • 1.95 CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
  • 19.5 PDHs (Professional Development Hours)

Program Highlights

  • What are gas and oil?
  • The earth’s crust
  • Where we find oil and gas
  • Hands-on identification of common rocks and minerals
  • Deformation of the earth’s crust
  • How petroleum traps are formed
  • Geological time and its importance
  • Petroleum reservoirs formed by sandstone
  • Petroleum reservoirs formed by limestone
  • How sedimentary rock depositional patterns are used to find oil
  • The different types of maps used to find petroleum
  • Ocean environment and plate tectonics — An explanation of mountains, trenches, volcanoes, earthquakes, and Middle Eastern oil fields
  • Generation, migration, and accumulation of petroleum
  • The characteristics of petroleum traps
  • Petroleum exploration using geological methods and seismic
  • Drilling a well (the equipment, the methods, drilling problems and techniques)
  • Evaluating a well — Well logging
  • Completing a well — The equipment
  • Petroleum production, well stimulation, and enhanced oil recovery

Course Fee:

•BEST DEAL DISCOUNT: $1,795 per person(register before July 9, 2019 to get this deal)
Team Discount (2 or more): $1,995 per person
Early Enrollment Discount: $1,995 per person (deadline: July 31, 2019)
•Regular Tuition Fee: $2,295 per person

Date, Venue, Time, & Hotel Reservations

The course runs from 8:15 am – 4:30 pm each day.