Applied Subsurface Geological Mapping

Subsurface Consultants & Associates, LLC
Training overview
Professional Course
5 days

Course description

Applied Subsurface Geological Mapping

Applied Subsurface Geological Mapping - SCA Flagship Course

A week-long program for geologists and engineers

Subsurface maps are an extremely important part of petroleum exploration and development. As such, engineers and geoscientists working within oil and gas are expected to be able to accurately generate and interpret multiple types of subsurface maps. 

This is the single most demanding subsurface mapping course available, taking participants through a hands-on understanding of geology necessary for generating reliable subsurface maps. Whether a newly graduated geoscientists, engineer or experienced professional, this course will present sound, proven geological mapping solutions useful to all. This training guides delegates  through the fundamental principles and methods that underlie accurately constructed subsurface maps, whether the data source is a seismic interpretation, well log correlation or both.

A practical, hnads-on course

This program takes learners through fundamental and advanced methods of subsurface mapping used by the most proficient exploration and development geoscientists in the industry. Participants are prepared for the current realities of subsurface mapping and will cover all recent advances in interpretation. Mapping techniques, examples and exercises for extensional and compressional tectonic settings are the core of the course. Diapiric and strike-slip faulted structures are also discussed. In addition, volumetric mapping is presented as well as some of the numerous pitfalls in reservoir volume determinations using isochore maps.

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Who should attend?

This course is designed for all professionals taking part in exploration or development. Those best suited for this program will work as:

  • geologists
  • geophysicists
  • engineers
  • managers and support staff

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Training content

This Applied Subsurface Geological Mapping program covers range of different training topics, including:

  •  Philosophical doctrine, workflow and methodology of mapping
  • Contouring and contouring techniques
  • Directionally drilled wells and directional surveys (applications to mapping)
  • Log correlation techniques for vertical and deviated wells (applications to mapping)
  • Integration of geophysical data in subsurface mapping
  • Cross section construction for extentional, compressional strike-slip and diapiric tectonic settings
  • Fault surface mapping using well log and seismic data
  • Structure mapping in extensional, compressional, strike-slip and diapiric tectonic settings
  • Isochore map construction (bottom water and edge water reservoirs)
  • Net sand and pay correction factors for directionally drilled wells
  • Structure vs porosity top mapping
  • Walking wells
  • Fault wedge mapping
  • Pitfalls of computer generated maps
  • Volumetric calculations
  • Isopach map construction


The cost of this Subsurface Geological Mapping program in Houston is $3,350 USD

This course is run throughout the United States and Canada at $3,575 USD and Internationally at $4,450 USD

Course fees include the Applied Subsurface Geological Mapping with Structural Methods 2nd Edition textbook (2003) and a lab manual with exercises.

On-site Training

All SCA programs and workshops are available to be conducted as company-specific training, customized to fit the needs of your organization. Contact SCA to receive a quote for tailor-made training and discuss options for bringing this program in-house for your company.

Certification / Credits

Upon completion of this one-week program, participants will be prepared to:

  • Understand the application of different hand contouring and the pitfalls of selected computer contouring methods.
  • Integrate fault data from well logs and seismic data.
  • Generate fault surface interpretations and maps.
  • Understand the construction and application of various types of cross sections.
  • Generate net pay isochore maps for both bottom and edge water reservoirs.

About Subsurface Consultants & Associates, LLC


Subsurface Consultants & Associates LLC - Training and Consultancy for the Oil & Gas Industry

Founded in Houston, TX in 1988, SCA has been providing petroleum sector professionals of all levels of experience with the highest quality continuing education and technical training in the industry. SCA has worked with petroleum companies from all around the...

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Average rating 5

Based on 3 reviews

The most perfect course I’ve ever attended and I would prescribe it for every geologist working in the development area. Nancy Slatter – Geoscientist
This course is simply excellent. Rishiraj Gupta – Geologist
Aaron B.
While the workload was intense, the knowledge gained was worthwhile
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