Undergraduate Course: Geophysical Investigation of Earth Resources (EASC10116)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course focuses on geophysical methods for investigating the subsurface of the earth for resources: minerals, water, and hydrocarbons. The physical properties of the resources that contrast with the background determine the geophysical method that should be used to detect and evaluate them.
The emphasis of the course is on high resolution extraction of physical properties from geophysical data.
Introduction to geophysical exploration for resources
Anisotropy in the earth
Determination of seismic velocities
Land and marine seismic sources
Seismic reflection interpretation and well-ties
Geophysical time lapse methods
Removal of multiples in seismic data processing
Controlled source electromagnetics (CSEM)
Airborne magnetic exploration
The course includes a practical course on seismic data processing using SEG-Y seismic data and seismic-industry software.
5 practicals (3 hours each) and 5 tutorials (3 hours each) are held on alternate weeks.
Students complete the practical work in their own time and are required to write a report on the data processing of not more than 4,000 words.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Approval of CO
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 15,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5,
Summative Assessment Hours 3,
Revision Session Hours 6,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Coursework: (30%) Report on Seismic data processing
For information on deadlines please see the learn page.
||Work will be set in tutorials and feedback will be given on that work in subsequent tutorials. This work will not be formally assessed, but is given to help students appreciate the subject and find out how they are doing.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||3:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate familiarity with the application of geophysical methods to find scarce earth resrouces
- Appreciate the concepts and methods of seismic data processing
- Appreciate the requirement that the derived earth model must be consistent with all the data
- Appreciate the role of reflection seismology in determination of subsurface structure, controlled source electromagnetics in the determination of subsurface fluids and gravity and magnetics in the location of ore bosied
- Familiarity with current research topics in industrial geophysics
|Young, R.A, 2004, A lab manual of seismic reflection processing: EAGE Publications b.v, Houten, The Netherlands|
Luk Ikelle and Lasse Amundsen, "Introduction to Petroleum Seismology", 2005, Society of Exploration Geophysicists
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||1) Ability to process seismic data using seismic-industry software
2) Ability to write a seismic processing report
3) Ability to read, understand and use professional literature.
|Course organiser||Prof Anton Ziolkowski
Tel: (0131 6)50 8511
|Course secretary||Ms Ashley Stein
Tel: (0131 6)50 8510