Geophysics and Petroleum Engineering Education

We aim to educate first-class geoscientists and engineers for the petroleum industry and engineering geophysical industry


OT5401 - Geoscience for Petroleum Exploration

Lecturer: Dr. Sandeep Narayan Kundu

Geoscience is integral to the petroleum industry and understanding the principles and applications of petroleum system geoscience is important for Petroleum Engineers. This module introduces the fundamental principles of geology and its application for petroleum exploration. This shall address the theoretical, practical and applied aspects of geoscience used for the upstream petroleum industry.

OT5402 - Geophysical Imaging of the Earth Interior

Lecturer: Dr. Yunyue Elita Li

This module introduces the basics of seismic acquisition and processing for petroleum reservoirs and near surface targets, from the physics to the acquisition and processing of seismic data. Both land and marine acquisition will be covered. Traditional and modern methods of seismic imaging will be covered.

OT5403 - Petrophysics and Downhole Measurements

Lecturer: Prof. Arthur Cheng

This module introduces the commonly used downhole measurements of petroleum reservoirs. The module will cover electrical, acoustic, nuclear, NMR, and seismic measurements. The module will cover the physics, hardware, data processing and interpretation of each kind of measurement. Both wireline and Logging While Drilling measurements will be discussed.

OT5404 - Reservoir Characterization and Rock Physics

Lecturer: Prof. Arthur Cheng

This module introduces the methodology commonly use in the characterization of the physical properties of petroleum reservoirs. Topics covered include downhole measurements, rock physics modelling, fluid substitution, seismic well tie, AVO (amplitude versus offset) analysis, and pre-stack inversion for reservoir properties.

OT5405 - Enhanced Oil Recovery

Lecturer: Prof. Hon Chung Lau

This subject will provide basic as well as advanced concepts in the area of Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR). It will deliver the concepts of microscopic and macroscopic displacement of fluids in a reservoir, displacement efficiencies, mobility control processes, chemical EOR, miscible processes, thermal recovery processes, and novel EOR methods (e.g. low-salinity waterflooding, nano-EOR).

OT5406 - Petroleum Production Engineering

Lecturer: Prof. Hon Chung Lau

This subject will provide basic as well as advanced concepts in the area of Petroleum Production Systems. Topics covered will include: the role of petroleum production engineering, production from undersaturated oil reservoirs, production from two-phase reservoirs, production from natural gas reservoirs, near wellbore skin effects, wellbore flow performance, well deliverability, and numerical modelling of well inflow and outflow.

OT 5407 - Petroleum Geomechanics

Lecturer: Prof. Sau-Wai Wong

This course will provide basic as well as advanced concepts related to Geomechanics and Rock Mechanics issues in the exploitation of Oil and Gas Petroleum. Topics covered will include: 1) Fundamentals of Petroleum Geomechanics, with review of rock strain and stress, impact of fluid pressure; Rock deformation and failure; deformation of natural fractures and stresses in depth earth. 2) Rock mechanical characterisation, from laboratory core testing to field data collection. 3) Key subsurface processes involving the principles of Geomechanics – borehole stability while drilling, predicting rock failure behaviour during production, analysis of reservoir compaction and subsidence, mechanics of injection from hydraulic fracturing in unconventional resources to waterflooding in deep water reservoirs.

OT 5883B - Reservoir Engineering

Lecturer: Prof. Hon Chung Lau

This module will cover the fundamental of petroleum reservoir engineering which is a foundational subject for petroleum engineering. Topics cover will include primary and secondary recovery and decline curve analysis of conventional reservoirs. Students will learn to use the state-of-the-art petroleum softwares on material balance and reservoir simulation. In addition, the module will highlight the reservoir engineering aspects of unconventional reservoirs.

OT 5883C - Geophysical Inverse Methods

Lecturer: Dr. Yunyue Elita Li

This module covers the theory and applications for inverse problems in geophysical imaging, with a strong emphasis on the practical aspects and hands-on experiments. Topics include linear and nonlinear inversion, constrained and unconstrained inversion, convex and nonconvex inversion, deterministic and stochastic inversion techniques. It is intended for students to gain knowledge and use of inversion techniques for applications in geophysical imaging and general engineering context.

OT 5001 - Independent Study Module

This module involves independent study over two semesters, on a topic related to petroleum engineering in Offshore Technology approved by the Programme Management Committee. The work may relate to a comprehensive literature survey, and critical evaluation and analysis, design feasibility study, case study, minor research project or a combination.