Don Beaumont and his Vagabond adventurers, Sandi Phillips & Rocky Romero, create an imaginary oil company, Vagabond Ventures Oil, and go looking for oil and gas. Will they become black-gold millionaires or dry-hole hobos?
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Class 1 - Don gives an OVERVIEW: GEOLOGY OF HYDROCARBONS (Coal, Oil and Gas: Chemical composition – what is a ‘hydrocarbon’; Geologic formations; Major basins and potential; Requirements for success: source – reservoir – trap - migration timing) (6.6MB)
Class 2 - Don finishes up GEOLOGY OF HYDROCARBONS and Sandi presents the WORLD OF GEOPHYSICS (Faulting, contour maps and cross-sections, salt intrusion & deformation, looking for new sources of oil & gas, fossil fuel formation, subsurface imaging, seismic surveying, interpreting the data, land-leasing/offshore blocks) (20.4MB)
Class 3 - Rocky presents the first two roles of the PETROLEUM ENGINEER: RESERVOIR CHARACTERIZATION & DRILLING (Laboratory analysis, paleontology, porosity, permability, reserves, well design, casing, perforating, well location, drilling success rate, drilling rig components, drilling mud, drilling cores, well logging) (6.2MB)
Class 4 - Sandi & Rocky present the TWO "INVESTMENT" OPTIONS: Deepwater, Gulf of Mexico and the Marcellus Shale (outlined geologic settings, drilling program and projected costs for both options leading to class "investment" selection - Winners become "black gold millionaires"!)
Class 5 - Sandi & Rocky anticipate a successful drilling effort and PLAN FOR PRODUCTION ("investor" statistics revealed; current "drilling" status as seen on seismic; factors that could affect "drilling"; current fracking bans; what is "production" and how is it cleaned up for sale; what's a PFD; equipment layouts - onshore and offshore; offshore development options; pipelining "our production" to shore; enhanced oil recovery -secondary & tertiary; well stimulation - fracking) (20.3MB)
Class 6 - Don, Sandi & Rocky wrap-up the class with GEOLOGY IN THE NEWS, DRILLING RESULTS and PROJECT ECONOMICS (Don reviews current geology in the news issues, Sandi explains geologically why the Marcellus Shale was a dry hole and why the Offshore GOM Baha#2 well was a success; Rocky explains how economics for the two projects and for the alternatives were calculated ) (9.6MB)