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

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

DISCIPLINE: Multi-Disciplinary & Introductory
CEUS: 23.2
AVAILABILITY: Public & In-House 


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.

Phase 1: Initial Exploration - Delineate Prospects - Drill Exploration Wells

Participants start the project with an overview of the regional geology of the project area including the structural style, depositional environments, and sequence stratigraphy, as well as information on producing fields in the project area. The participants will be divided into multi-discipline teams. Each team will compete to generate the best interpretation and maps over the project area resulting in the discovery and development of hydrocarbons.

Note: Each participant will perform all tasks required during this project and actively participate in discussions and decision making by his/her team. One objective of the project is to simulate a team environment for discussions and professional interaction with other members.

A fictitious company called SPX owns the acreage in the project area and has set an exploration and development budget. The teams will have access to the information on the previous wells drilled and on nearby producing fields which can be used as analogs in their exploration activities.

Each team will initially receive one seismic line, several well logs, a type log and tops from a number of nearby wells. The assignment is to define a lead in the license area of sufficient size to meet corporate objectives. Each team will present their lead results, potential size of lead, and their request for additional seismic and well log data to continue exploration.

Upon approval, each team will obtain a limited amount of 2-D seismic and well log data. Using the new data, each participant will correlate well logs, interpret seismic sections, and build one or more cross sections. Using the regional information regarding the likely pay sections and correlating the log data to the seismic data, the participants will begin the initial integrated interpretation of key faults and multiple potential objective horizons in time. They will carry out AVO and/or seismic attribute analysis for DHI when applicable.

Based on their work, the participants should identify the best prospect in their project area. Depth maps will be made for key faults and the primary target horizons. The participants will generate prospect maps and estimate potential resources of the prospect. Working with a mentor and using the available field analog data, each team will make an initial estimate of Original Hydrocarbons In-Place and recoverable resources. Each team member will also conduct risk analysis to define the range of possible resources for the prospect. After completing the analysis, each team will recommend and defend a drilling location for the first exploration well. With the assistance of a mentor, they will develop an AFE to estimate the cost of the well. If approved by the management team, the well will be drilled.

If a team makes a discovery of recoverable hydrocarbons, they will move on to Phase II. If any team drills a dry hole, that team will go back to their interpretation and including the newly drilled well data, re-examine, discuss and modify their work before selecting a second drilling location.

COURSE 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.


“Geoscience Certification Program”