Starting in 2014, Subsurface Consultants & Associates, LLC, (SCA) is offering an unparalleled new course entitled Computer Mapping Principles, which integrates fundamental geologic mapping principles with computer mapping software tools. The first public session of SCA’s Computer Mapping Principles course is scheduled for April 21-24, 2014 at SCA’s Houston training facility. This 5-day course bridges the gap between the “tried and true” geologic principles taught in traditional pencil and paper mapping courses and the reality of today’s workplaces that are heavily centered on workstation technology.

Designed in response to client and participant feedback, Computer Mapping Principles is a next generation follow-up to SCA’s popular flagship course, Applied Subsurface Geological Mapping. (To ensure adequate preparation, it is strongly advised that participants attend Applied Subsurface Geological Mapping prior to registering for Computer Mapping Principles, although it is not a formal pre-requisite.)

The course will be unique in the upstream training industry, in that is it does not promote or rely upon any particular workstation software package. Instead, participants are provided with the fundamental knowledge and techniques needed to make more accurate and geologically correct maps through proper data management and establishing an iterative process between seismic interpretation and mapping.

The instructor illustrates the various workflows presented in the course, offering an interactive exploration and dynamic visualization of the data. Participants will also have the opportunity to manipulate data in order to solidify their understanding of the principles being taught, and will leave the course with the ability to apply core knowledge to whatever software their company uses.

Computer Mapping Principles was designed by SCA Senior Geologist and Training Instructor, Alan Cherry. Alan, who will also act as the course instructor, has an integrated skill set including strong 2D and 3D geophysical interpretation, field development, reservoir engineering, formation evaluation, economic assessment, reserves evaluation, drilling, completion, and production operations. He is experienced and exceptionally effective in exploration prospect generation and screening. Alan has conducted numerous integrated field studies and is highly proficient in the use of multiple geologic and seismic interpretation tools.

Private, in-house sessions of Computer Mapping Principles may be scheduled according to instructor availability. For more information, please contact SCA’s Training Department at 713.789.2444, or email To register for the April public session, click here.

Subsurface Consultants & Associates, LLC (SCA) provides upstream consultancy and training to stakeholders in the oil and gas industry. Founded in 1988 by Daniel J. Tearpock, SCA’s four primary services include geoscience and engineering consulting, upstream projects and studies, training services, and direct hire recruitment. To learn more, please visit

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