Petroleum Geology for Non-Geologists / Instructor Paul Pause

Course Goals and Objectives

This class is designed for landmen, geological technicians, secretaries, and engineers with no geological background. Topics include Earth systems, rocks and minerals, sedimentology and stratigraphy, geologic time and history of Earth, structural geology, folding and faulting, origin, nature, and occurrence of petroleum, formation names, and evolution of the Permian Basin. Also discussed is oil in the Permian Basin - trends, plays, and petroleum systems, surface and subsurface mapping methods, working with logs, sources of data, well-site operations, and formation evaluation. Materials to bring to class: Straight edge, calculator, colored pencils, #2 pencil and eraser, and a notebook.

The goal of this class is to provide non-geologists with a practical understanding of petroleum geology by reviewing both the scientific background and the practical applications of geology in the search for oil and gas. The tools, techniques, and vocabulary of the petroleum geologist will be emphasized throughout the course.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should:

(1) understand the basic principles of petroleum systems
(2) understand the principles used in studying geologic history and basin evolution
(3) understand the concepts of depositional systems and sedimentary facies
(4) understand the basic concepts of hydrocarbon traps
(5) understand the concepts of subsurface mapping and prospect generation
(6) understand the factors controlling risk in hydrocarbon exploration and production.
(7) understand the basics of well-log analysis and formation evaluation

Paul H. Pausé is an independent consulting geologist in Midland, Texas. He has an undergraduate degree in geology from the University of California at Berkeley and his master's degree in geology at UCLA.

He began his career as a petroleum geologist with AtlanticRichfield Company and moved to Midland with ARCO in 1977. After leaving ARCO, he worked for JM Huber, Davis Oil, and HCW Exploration.  An independent petroleum geologist for over 30 years, Paul consults on exploration and development projects, sells his own prospects, and teaches courses in petroleum geology at the Petroleum Professional Development Center in Midland, and worldwide through public and in-house offerings. 

He is a Licensed Professional Geologist with the state of Texas (#1226), and a Certified Petroleum Geologist (#2444) with the Division of Professional Affairs of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Paul is an active member of several professional societies including the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES), Geological Society of America, West Texas Geological Society, and SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology).   He is a past president of the West Texas Geological Society and the Permian Basin Section SEPM, and has also served as chairman of the Midland Chapter of SIPES, secretary and treasurer of the Southwest Section of AAPG, and secretary and Vice President of the Division of Professional Affairs (DPA) of the AAPG.  Paul has received the Dedicated Service award from both the WTGS and the Permian Basin Section SEPM and has been awarded Honorary Life Membership in each organization, their highest recognition.  In June 2011, he won the A.I. Levorsen Award for Best Paper Presentation at the Southwest Section meeting of the AAPG.

G003171Q Oct 23 - 26 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu  $1,835.00
($1,860.00 out-of-state)
PPDC Building, 105 W. Illinois, Midland, TX
Registered: 2 28.0 Hours

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