Exploration Data Contouring, Mapping and Interpretation

Course Overview
This course is currently only offered as an in-house course. For more information or to request a proposal, please fill out a request form.

This two-day course, designed for explorationists, will assist participants in developing map data contouring skills required to produce reliable and high quality maps in support of exploration and production activities in the petroleum industry. The sessions will emphasize the explorationist's role as a searcher for deeply hidden hydrocarbons, the necessary positive approach to the interpretation and mapping of subsurface geological features, and the importance of constructing maps that effectively demonstrate and accurately illustrate exploration possibilities and drilling opportunities. Reliable methods for detecting, developing and displaying the not-yet-apparent subsurface features in areas where only fragmental well and seismic control is available are discussed and illustrated with case history examples. The sessions include a review of computer-generated maps and their application.

A complete set of course materials and lunches are included.

All scheduled event(s) for this short course:
Date: TBA
Course Outline
  • Exploration and Production Objectives
  • Contouring Techniques
  • Mapping Subsurface Features
  • Contouring and Geological Models
  • Calculating Reservoir Volumes from Maps
  • Trend Surface and Residuals Mapping
  • Prospect Mapping from Seismic Data
  • Computer Generated Maps
  • Quantitative Facies Maps

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Eric Dahlberg is an internationally recognized geologist, author, and award winning presenter, having presented over 300 seminars, worldwide, on contouring techniques, applied hydrodynamics, and computer-supported exploration during the past two decades. Dr. Dahlberg earned degrees in Geology, Sedimentary Petrology and Geochemical Exploration from Williams College and The Pennsylvania State University in 1961, 1964, and 1967. He has been active as a visiting professor at several North American Universities, and is the author of "Applied Hydrodynamics in Petroleum Exploration", now in it's second edition.

Training Venue

To avoid potential course disruptions caused by the attendance of unconfirmed registrants, the training venue address will ONLY be provided to registrants upon receipt of payment (via an email confirmation note).

Participant Evaluations
Average participant rating 4.5 out of 5 stars
31 participant evaluations
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March 16, 2015, Geologist-in-Training, Calgary
This course fundamentally is critical to geologists, reservoir engineers and anyone utilizing maps. However, is in need of a revamp to bring this course up to par with where technological advances in computing have brought mapping.
March 11, 2015, team lead, Calgary
All geologist should attend this training.
March 5, 2015, Geologist (I.T.), Calgary
This course is excellent for understanding the fundamentals of contouring. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to improve their contouring skills.
October 9, 2014, GIT, Calgary
One of the best courses I have taken. Much more able to show potential on a map.
June 26, 2014, Senior Geoscience Software Advisor, Calgary
7.5/10 This course is invaluable for young geoscientists. I would also like to see Eric work with a protégé that could take this content to the next generation.
January 29, 2014, Geologist, Calgary
I highly recommend this course for early career development.
January 29, 2014, Geologist, Calgary
This is the best course I have taken since starting as a Junior Geologist.
January 23, 2014, Earth Modeling Manager, Calgary
The first 1.5 day of this training is perfect. The instructor explains how to do great geological contouring for exploration by hand. This part should be mandatory to any geologist. The last few hours are more problematic... The instructor explains that software are stupid and can't do contouring right: you have to do your maps by hand! Maybe... But in the mean time, nearly everyone in town is doing contouring with a software, and I don't see our industry reverting back to pen and paper any time soon. So, it would be way more constructive to spend a few hours hearing about how we can get the best out of our computers. Because, yes, despite the instructor's opinion, it's possible to do some good contouring with a computer... It's just not with this course that you will know how.
October 16, 2013, Geologist, Calgary
This course is outstanding! Of all the courses i have taken this is the only one that actually changed the way I work and the way I think. It is less of technical training and more of a philosophical discussion on how to be a petroleum geologist and explorationist. Every geologist should take this course, particularly new grads and those who prefer computer generated maps to hand contouring.
July 11, 2013, Geologist (I.T.), Calgary
This course was applicable immediately and was very hands-on.
July 8, 2013, Geologist, Calgary
The length of the course was perfect. I came out with lots of useful info and the days were structured such that I did not lose focus or concentration. The instructor did an excellent job communicating the course content with enthusiasm and there was no extraneous content.
July 6, 2013, Geologist / Engineer, Calgary
Excellent instruction from a highly experienced professional with decades in the industry. Huge quality gains in ability and confidence to contour.