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Practical Professional Career Training
for the Oil & Gas Industry

Geology for Non-Geologists

Course Overview
This popular four-day course will provide non-geologists with a practical understanding of the principles used by petroleum geologists in the search for oil and gas.  The session will include both the scientific background and the practical applications of geology.  The tools, techniques, and vocabulary of the petroleum geologist will be emphasized throughout the course.

A complete set of course materials and lunches are included.

All scheduled event(s) for this short course:
17-Nov-14 Houston (4 days) $ 3,595 USD
More than 5 seats available
8-Dec-14 London (4 days) $ 5,395 USD
More than 5 seats available
9-Feb-15 Calgary (4 days) $ 3,595 CAD
More than 5 seats available
24-Mar-15 Houston (4 days) $ 3,595 USD
More than 5 seats available
20-Apr-15 London (4 days) $ 5,395 USD
More than 5 seats available
22-Jun-15 Calgary (4 days) $ 3,595 CAD
More than 5 seats available
6-Jul-15 Houston (4 days) $ 3,595 USD
More than 5 seats available
24-Aug-15 London (4 days) $ 5,395 USD
More than 5 seats available
Average participant rating 4.5 out of 5 stars
50 participant evaluations
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Course Outline
  • Origin, Nature, and Occurrence of Petroleum
  • Identifying and Classifying Rocks - Source Rocks, Reservoir Rocks, and Seals
  • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • Depositional Environments and their Significance to Reservoir Rock Prediction
  • Geologic Time and Dating Geologic Events
  • Structural Geology - Folding and Faulting
  • Formation of Petroleum Traps
  • Surface and Subsurface Mapping Methods
  • Reconstructing Geologic Events Through Field Work, Maps, and Cross Sections
  • Exploration Methods - Generating and Evaluating Prospects
  • Working with Logs
  • Sources of Data
  • Sample Examination
  • Oil Shows at the Wellsite
  • Formation Evaluation

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Paul H. Pause is an independent consulting geologist based in Midland, Texas. He earned a bachelor's degree in geology at the University of California at Berkeley, and a master's degree in geology at UCLA. He has worked for a number of oil and gas producing companies, and serves on the executive boards of several professional societies. Paul has received the Dedicated Service award from both the WTGS and the Permian Basin Section SEPM. In May 2002, Paul received the West Texas Geological Society's highest recognition, the Honorary Life Membership award.

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
50 participant evaluations
Very Good
Very Poor
All course reviews are unedited.
September 21, 2014, Executive Account Manager, Houston
This class was very impactful.
September 12, 2014, Principal Technical Professional, Houston
A remarkable class taught in a logically progressing manner. It covered so much of the fundamentals and applications, that I now have a deep appreciation of the work geologists do, and of the very upstream side of the oil/gas production chain.
September 23, 2014, Data Quality Engineer, Houston
The Geology for Non-Geologist course is an excellent introduction to understanding geology terminologies, as well as drilling/exploration strategies. The instructor and course material was very thorough in explaining basic geology principles, which made the course very easy to follow and grasp as a non-geologist.
August 28, 2014, Chief Technology Officer, Denver
Excellent intro to petroleum geology. The scope was broad and the teaching was clear and achieved understanding
August 29, 2014, Engineering Technician, Denver
This is likely the best class I have taken over the years. Incredibly comprehensive and detailed yet easy to understand. I would highly recommend this course to anyone looking for a better understanding of the world of Rock Docs.
August 29, 2014, Senior Petrophysicist, Calgary
Excellent course to give a complete overview of geology and its role in the oil prospects identification and development.
August 14, 2014, Manager Winstar Satu Mare SRL, Calgary
a very good training. would recommend it to everybody in my business activity field
July 21, 2014, Senior Account Manager, London
The course delivered to it's promise, giving me a good grounding in Geology.
April 22, 2014, Sr. Finance Advisor - Exploration & New Ventures, Houston
This was one of the best trainings that I have ever attended. The instructor was outstanding - very knowledgeable and very passionate about geology! I learned a great deal.
March 28, 2014, Geoscience Technician, London
Excellent introductory course in petroleum geology for non-geologists. Would recommend this course to someone else.
March 21, 2014, Ingénieur Réservoir, London
Instructor was excellent. Made the concepts very clear.
March 21, 2014, Economics Specialist, London
The training course was excellent!The content of course is interesting and the professor made it clear, easy to follow and "who should tell" really interesting.
March 10, 2014, Production Technologist, Calgary
Recomend it to anyone who is looking for a general education in geology and to those who have been out of classroom for a solid refresher.
March 7, 2014, Production E.I.T., Calgary
very good
March 3, 2014, Drilling & Completions Technical Specialist, Calgary
This course was an excellent introduction to 'Geology for the Non-Geologist'. Mr. Pause is not only a professional in the geology field but in his instruction manner as well.
March 3, 2014, Senior Production Engineer, Calgary
This course was an excellent overview and introduction to Geology for those that haven't had continued exposure to the subject. I found the concepts easy to grasp and Paul was really good at linking the concepts into every day examples. This course is the ideal starting point for those interested in learning about the critical fundamentals of Geology.
February 28, 2014, Reservoir Engineer EIT, Calgary
Great crash course for non-geologists who work a lot with geo professionals. Very satisfied with the knowledge I got out of the course.
February 28, 2014, Reservoir Engineer, Calgary
Great overview of petroleum geology for those who don't have the background. Helps with visualising what happens in the reservoir.