GEOL40680 3D mapping and modelling II

Academic Year 2023/2024

This 2.5-credit module builds on the GEOL40670 module and will consider more advanced mapping and modelling techniques as required for more complex geologies. Topics addressed will include dealing with gridding around faults and stratigraphic pinchout, use of seismic attribute volumes, modelling architectural elements such as channels, property modelling, integrating geochemical data and dealing with alteration halos.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module students will have experience in building models of subsurface volumes with relatively complex structural, stratigraphic and geochemical configurations/distributions.

Indicative Module Content:

The module will be taught through a series of extended practicals:

1. Geological Modelling of complex geological situations, assessing sedimentary, magmatic and vein systems simultaneously.
2. Modelling and interpolation of geochemical data in 3D.
3. Complex structural modelling using off-horizon, drillhole and outcrop structural data.
4. Interrogating, manipulating and calculating simple volumetric models.
5-8. Advanced stratigraphic-structural model building exercise using Petrel.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The key teaching and learning approaches used in the module will include active/task-based learning involving peer and group work, problem-based learning and student presentations. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Assessment based on practical class work and assignments. Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be provided during practical and computer classes to individuals and to the group after exercises have been completed. Individual may request additional feedback for their work.

Name Role
Dr Lawrence Amy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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