Advanced basin analysis

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course is cross-disciplinary and consists of three parts:

The first part of the course includes elements of geomatics, GIS, and digital outcrop geology. The focus is on the employment of modern digital mapping techniques, such as lidar, photogrammetry and remotely sensed imagery, how to interpret these data and employ them for modelling. The entire workflow is covered, from data acquisition methods, processing, and interpretation techniques.

The second part of the course will give students advanced understanding of interpretation and visualization of 3D seismic data.  The course will focus on advanced techniques for conditioning seismic data, mapping surfaces and using a range of seismic attributes to investigate structures, geomorphology, and sedimentology of depositional systems.  The program Petrel will be used in the course.

The third part provides the theoretical background and practical structural, sedimentary, and stratigraphic skills required to understand selected topics within integrated basin analysis. Topics covered will include a selection of the following: models of crustal stretching and basin formation, fault/fold growth, salt tectonics, source-to-sink, sedimentary processes, and sequence stratigraphy.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills, and general competence:


After finishing the course, the student will

  • have essential knowledge allowing the use of modern digital mapping techniques
  • understand how to use seismic attributes for the interpretation of facies and depositional environment
  • have detailed knowledge in several themes in basin analysis
  • be familiar with central literature and current research within these themes
  • be able to apply this knowledge in individual research projects.


After finishing the course, the student will be able to

  • apply digital mapping techniques
  • interpret mapped data in integrated sedimentological and structural studies and apply them in modelling of reservoir analogues
  • optimize visualization of seismic attribute data, and apply these in interpretation of facies and depositional environment
  • apply central knowledge in basin analysis in the evaluation of a basins structural and/or sedimentological development

General competence

  • Be able to use the above knowledge and skills acquired during the course to practical work related to subsurface prospect evaluation and reservoir characterization for petroleum plays, CO2 storage repositories, and aquifers.

ECTS Credits


Level of Study

MSc, PhD

Semester of Instruction

Autumn. Intensive course.

This is a course with limited capacity.

Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
GEOV101, GEOV102,GEOV111, Bachelor in geology, geophysics or equivalent skills
Recommended Previous Knowledge
GEOV107, GEOV260, GEOV272
Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Teaching and learning methods
Teaching is given intensively as lectures and practicals six hours per day over two and a half week.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
All lectures and practicals are mandatory.
Forms of Assessment
Written exam, 4 hours. Digital exam. 
Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Assessment Semester
Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester
Reading List
Background literature will be defined/handed out during the course
Course Evaluation
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department
Examination Support Material
All calculators, according to the faculty regulations
Programme Committee
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
Course Coordinator
The course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or you may contact
Course Administrator
The Faculty for Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Earth Science has the administrative responsibility for the course and program