Field course in structural geology - Iceland

The Structural Geology Group is proud to establish a field course in Iceland in close cooperation with Professor Agust Gudmundsson from Royal Holloway, University of London. The course in structural geology will take place in June 2014, and Agust Gudmundsson will be the instructor on the field course.  

  • Date 02.06.2014
  • Time 08:00
  • Duration 3 days
  • Participants 6
  • Register by 23.05.2014
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The course is targeting especially non-structural geologists, reservoir engineers, petrophycisists, geophycicists and structural geologists who wish to brush up their spatial understanding of the structural framework. The aim of establishing this course is to illustrate and explain how extensional structures are initiated, how faults are linked and forming relay ramps, and how and when the structures are detached from each other. This is highly relevant when evaluating prospects and has significant implications for the sediment distribution and hydrocarbon migration.
It is our hope that the field course participants will return to their companies with an improved understanding of structural geology and will be able to better integrate it in prospect evaluation and field development in the future. 

Professor Agust Gudmundsson

Course dates: excluding travel to and from Iceland:

Day 1: Monday 2nd of June
Day 2: Tuesday 3rd of June
Day 3: Wednesday 4th of June

Day 4 is optional and comes with an additional cost of NOK 3 000,-

Price NOK 10 000,-*
Max no. 20
Location Southern Iceland

*Flight to Iceland, transport to and from the hotel, hotel stay and dinners comes in addition to this price.

More information about the field course can be downloaded here.

Content of the course:
These topics will, amongst others, be discussed in the field and at the outcrop sites:

Mechanical principles

  • Fault formation and growth
  • Mechanical layering efects on fault propagation and arrest
  • Fluid transport as a function of fracture type (extensional and shear)
  • Stress concentration effects
  • Scaling laws in fractures and faults
  • Thermodynamic principles
  • Heat flow
  • The cubic law
  • Darcy's law
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Rock physics
  • Etc.

Fractured reservoirs, extension fractures and faults

Active faulting in relation to seismicity

  • Stress drops (driving stresses for fault displacement)
  • Fault linkage
  • Etc.

Please find registration box at the top of the page.

Important information:
Payment is made online by credit card. Please note that no refunds will be given after you have signed up. If you for any reason can not attend the field course, you are welcome to send a representative, just inform Tone Helene Mydland as soon as there are changes.


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