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datasets and industry standard interpretation tools. 2D seismic data from the Otway Basin - O shore Australia. GEOLOGY
Petroleum Geology at Western This program is designed for students planning careers in the oil & gas industry. The program began in 2002 thanks to a $1 million dollar endowment from Western alumnus and CEO of Antero Resources, Paul Rady. Legendary oilman W. A. “Tex” Moncrief, Jr. of Fort Worth, Texas, donated an additional $2.5 million in 2005. The program was further strengthened by an additional $1.5 million dollar endowment from Paul Rady in 2014. These significant monetary gifts are indicative of Western’s importance to the industry. Graduates from the Petroleum Geology program have experience in data analysis and problem solving - resulting in graduates who are highly competitive in the job market.

Petroleum Geology: Preparation Meets Opportunity Western’s Petroleum Geology Emphasis: • Provides students with a solid academic foundation • Combines classroom and field study with current industry data analysis techniques • Fosters professional contact with industry geoscientists • Promotes industry internships • Mentors students toward graduate programs

FROM FIELD TO WORKSTATION: Field trips and field data collection opportunities provide students with geologic analogs and a sense of scale. Students evaluate data from sedimentary basins in the Rocky Mountain West, Alaska, Canada, and Australia.

The Petroleum Geology program is housed in Hurst Hall, providing students with access to 18 Dell workstations in the Geologic Computing Lab for interactive instruction.

Industry software • P.R.A. - BasinMod: Petroleum systems modeling • IHS - Petra: Well log correlation, petrophysics & mapping • IHS - Kingdom: 2D/3D seismic interpretation • Landmark - LithoTect: seismic depth conversion cross-section balancing

• Midland Valley 2D/3D Move - Balanced cross-section modeling 3D structural analysis, mapping and volumetrics

• Geosoft - GM-SYS: Interactive gravity and magnetics modeling • Schlumberger - Petrel: seismic interpretation and reservoir modeling

“Petroleum Geology at Western is an academic adventure challenging students and emphasizing scientific fundamentals, small class sizes, and personal attention.” Diverse Geology Curriculum:

Access to world class data Petroleum geology students have access to world-class geologic exposures within the Gunnison basin and are expected to apply knowledge gained from their geology core curriculum and fundamental science and math classes to evaluate petroleum systems using subsurface datasets and industry standard interpretation tools.

Geologic Computing Facilities

The Petroleum Geology Emphasis is part of a diverse geology curriculum at Western.

• Geology Emphasis • Geoarchaeology Emphasis • Petroleum Geology Emphasis • Lincensure in Earth-Space Science Emphasis


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2D seismic data from the Otway Basin - Offshore Australia