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The Daniel J. Tearpock Geoscience Certification Program (“Geoscience Boot Camp”)

April 24 8:00 AM - July 14 5:00 PM CDT

Home 9 Event 9 The Daniel J. Tearpock Geoscience Certification Program (“Geoscience Boot Camp”)
Sia Agah
SCA Staff
Multi-Disciplinary & Introductory
60 Days (April 24 – July 14, 2023)
Public & In-House
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WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This program is recommended for early career geoscientists and engineers who will benefit from a timely and cost-effective means of learning and applying geology, geophysics and engineering fundamentals in order to accelerate their contributions to exploration or development teams working in the upstream oil and gas industry. The program is applicable to cross-discipline technical professionals entering oil and gas from the mining and environmental industries, and is especially popular with personnel from National Oil companies.

The program is also applicable for multinational companies who have Production Sharing Contracts in which there are requirements or contractual training/technology transfer obligations for local, in-country personnel.

The Geoscience Certification Program is designed for geoscientists and engineers who have at least a Bachelor’s degree from a university in geology, geophysics, engineering or some other related science field. They should have a fundamental background in some aspect of the Geosciences or Petroleum Engineering.

SAMPLE TOPIC FROM THE CLASS: “Geoscience Certification Program”
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Also known as the Boot Camp, this intensive 12-week training program includes six weeks of classroom courses taught by SCA’s top instructors, followed by a six-week interpretation and mapping project. Participants learn fundamental interpretation, engineering, and mapping skills, and then put those skills to the test using seismic data, well logs, and production information from an actual development prospect. During the project phase, SCA engages a team of senior-level geoscientists to serve as mentors to the participants and help guide their interpretation and decision-making process. The program is designed to raise the competency level and knowledge of the participants in a short period of time.

Composed of a logical sequence of geoscience and engineering courses, the program provides an opportunity for each participant to learn the fundamental skills in finding and developing oil and gas resources. In addition, the participants get to immediately apply the learned skills in a real project situation. In order to enhance their understanding of geologic mapping fundamentals, participants work with paper logs and seismic sections to generate maps and volumetric calculations. They will also learn the fundamentals of material balance reserves calculations, and basic economic evaluations.

Upon completion of the Geoscience Certification Program, the participants will deliver an interpretation / engineering / mapping project of a producing field which includes exploration, exploitation, and development of upside potential. The participants will demonstrate their skills and gain practical experience by defending their results in a technical presentation to a team of seasoned professionals. We also welcome and encourage management from the participating companies to attend these final presentations.

The main objective is to advance the skill level of the participants that will make them a contributing member of your company’s exploration or development program in a minimum period of time. The combination of in-class training, mentoring, and hands-on application through a real-world project provides the participants with well-rounded knowledge of geoscience and engineering best practices.





Starting in Week 7 of the program, the participants will conduct a detailed interpretation and mapping project. The project involves exploration acreage with nearby producing fields in an extensional tectonic setting. Data available includes: 2-D seismic, well logs, and engineering data.

Our challenging five phase project is designed to provide hands-on training so that participants develop a solid foundation in geological and geophysical interpretation and mapping. Additionally, they will acquire an understanding of reservoir engineering, log analysis, risk analysis, and probabilistic and deterministic resources estimation.

The project is conducted in a lease block in an extensional tectonic basin with normal growth and non-growth faults providing opportunities for potential prospects. The complex geology in the project area will challenge the participants in their interpretation of the geological, geophysical and engineering data. The six weeks of training courses taught prior to the project will prepare the participants to meet the geological, geophysical and engineering challenges of this project, as well as lay a foundation of skills for a successful career.


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April 24 8:00 AM CDT
July 14 5:00 PM CDT
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Houston, Texas Training Center
10700 Richmond Ave, Ste 325
Houston, TX 77042 United States
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Registration should be made at least one month before the start of a course. It is recommended that participants register early due to limited seating. However, we will accept paid registrations up to the last business day before the class, provided there are seats available. Registrants will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours of registration and will receive complete venue information two weeks prior to the first day of class. REMINDER: your seat in a course is NOT confirmed until payment is received.