PET110 : Geophysical methods applied to petroleum (2015)

General info

Instructor Ingve Simonsen

Lectures Mon. 08:15-12:00 (H-127; Ellen og Axel Lunds house, Red Auditorium)
Fri. 14:15-16:00 (G-001; Arne Rettedals house)


The course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of exploration geophysics including geophysical data acquisition, data processing and interpretation. Methods covered include reflection seismology (emphasized), refraction seismology, gravity and magnetic methods, and electrical and electromagnetic methods. Further, the course gives an introduction to formation evaluation, based on logged measurements of electric resistivity, seismic velocity and radioactivity. Coverage will include the principles of measuring these logs, as well as how they are combined with core data to determine lithology, net sand, porosity, water saturation, permeability, gas/oil volume and segmentation/barriers. The final part of the course is an interpretation of logs and core data from Halten Bank and the Barents Sea.

Text Book

The recommended textbook for this class is :


A tentative syllabus is:
  • Chapter 1--9 of Kearey et al.
  • All material covered by the lectures (as given by the Lecture Notes)

Curriculum (Norwegian endelig pendum)

The final curriculum (Norwegian "endelig pendum") for the class is as follows:
  • Chapter 1--5 of Kearey et al., but only pages 99--102 and 110--111 from Ch. 5
  • The content of the Lecture Notes
The following formula sheet will accompany the exam set, but additional formula may (or may not) be provided.


  • Exam (geophysics part) : Mar. 09, 2015
  • Question hours : Mar. 06, 2015 in G-001; Arne Rettedals house



  • Apr 21 : Since many of you have been interested in your exam score, I have made it available here.
  • Mar 09 : The 2015 exam with suggested solution is now available on the exam page
  • Mar 03 : The final version of the lecture notes is now uploaded
  • Mar 01 : Some extra exercises have been put out on the exercise page
  • Feb 28 : The last lectures of the course will be Mon Mar. 2 (in room C-101 KE) normal time (8-12); Note that streaming is not possible from this room.
  • Jan 31 : Exercise and previous exam problems have now been posted including their suggested solutions.
  • Jan 24 : I have been told, that there were issues with the straming for the Fri. 23 Jan. lectures. The technical personal will try to figure out what happened.
  • Jan 24 : The first "lecture notes" are now available from here (see link in the left menu)
  • Jan 23 : The first lecture will be today at 14h