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Basics of Seismic Petroleum Exploration for New Hires

American Institute of Professional Geologists

About This Course

This course is intended as a basic review of seismic prospecting methods for locating and extracting oil and gas global resources. It begins with a review of world hydrocarbon reserves, production and consumption, as well as overall goals and methods which apply to petroleum exploratory efforts. It then concentrates on the specific importance of the seismic method in the modern search and development of these reserves. This course will take about 10 hours to complete

The course contains two parts, Part I and Part II, which are broken into 10 sections of content. Within each section, learners will have to complete course assessments. There is also a mid-course reading and writing activity, as well as a final exam after section 10.

Obtaining Continuing Education Units

If your course grade is at least 70%, you may apply for 1.0 CEU credit. You can check your final grade by clicking on the Progress menu item in the course navigation menu at the top of the page.

  • Professional - $ 200.00
  • AIPG CPG - $ 160.00
  • AIPG Member - $ 170.00
  • Student - $ 55.00
  • College Class (up to 20 students) - $ 500.00
  • Professional Group Rate (up to 10 registrants) - $ 1,600.00

Requirements

This is an advanced geoscience course. It is intended for professional geoscientists or advanced students who are interested in learning the theory and methods behind seismic petroleum exploration.

Course Staff

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Robert Font, PhD

Font is a Certified Professional and Petroleum Geologist and a Licensed Geologist in multiple states. He also holds the titles of "European Geologist" as awarded by the European Federation of Geologists and "Chartered Geologist" in the United Kingdom.
Font earned his Ph.D., specializing in engineering geology and geomechanics, from Texas A and M University. He has 48 years of professional experience in both academia and industry. He is a former tenured Associate Professor at Baylor University, Project Supervisor and Area Geologist for Conoco, Inc., Executive Vice President at Strategic Petroleum Corporation and President of Geoscience Data Management, Inc. Font is a Past National President and National Vice President of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), Past President of the Texas Section of AIPG and Past President of the Dallas Geological Society.
Font is the author of more than 100 professional papers and multiple courses and the author of the "Test your Knowledge" column in AIPG's "The Professional Geologist" magazine.
Font is an active member of various professional organizations and a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and the Geological Society of London. He is the recipient of various awards including Conoco's "Professor of the Year in Geophysics", AIPG's "Martin Van Couvering Memorial Award", and AIPG's "Ben H. Parker Memorial Medal."
Font is a proud US citizen born in Havana Cuba. His roots are from France, Spain and Great Britain.

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Heather Houlton, MS

Heather R. Houlton is the Workforce Development, Education and Outreach Specialist at the American Geosciences Institute (AGI). Ms. Houlton received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder in Astronomy/Planetary Science in 2007 and her Master of Science from Purdue University in Geology focusing on Geoscience Education Research in 2010. Her projects at AGI include conducting research to understand the student-to-professional transition by mapping geoscience undergraduate and graduate students’ career trajectories and using these findings to develop and implement career programs. In lieu of this research, she is developing online, competency-based courses for geoscience students and early career professionals to support their transition into the workforce. In addition, Houlton manages diversity-related efforts and the Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship for female graduate students in the geosciences.

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Do I have to pay a registration fee for the course? What if I want to obtain Continuing Education Units?

There is no registration fee for the course. You may view the entire course, and complete all the assessments, assignments, and pass the final exam at no cost to you. However, if you would like to receive credit for the course and obtain CEUs, there will be a fee. The price for obtaining CEUs varies for each course. Please see details at the end of each course.

  1. Course Number

    AGI008
  2. Classes Start

  3. Estimated Effort

    10 hours
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