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URTeC SC-15 | Applied Petroleum Geochemistry

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

Sunday, 19 July 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Austin, Texas

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Who Should Attend

Geologists, geophysicists and engineers working both conventional and unconventional plays with any level of experience in the industry. No prior experience of geochemistry is expected.


  • Introduction to Petroleum Geochemical Concepts, Definitions and Areas of Use
  • An Overview of Sampling and Analytical Methods
  • Applications in Exploration
  • Applications in Appraisal, Development and Production
  • A Brief Overview of Advanced Techniques

Course Content

This is a one-day course in the fundamentals and application of petroleum geochemistry to exploration, development and production of oil and gas in both conventional and unconventional plays. The emphasis is on understanding the appropriate issues to consider at different points of the value chain, and how to go about addressing them. You will learn the reasons for using this discipline in the exploration phase, throughout appraisal from first discovery to completing field development, and as a troubleshooter and problem-solver once you begin production. You will not learn how to be a geochemist in this class – that takes at least two days!

The course begins with the why (the value-add) and how (the methods) of petroleum geochemistry, and proceeds to applications in all parts of E&P. We conclude with a discussion of new applications and the impact these may have in the future. All participants are welcome to bring questions about your current projects (and even data, if you wish) for discussion at the appropriate places in the course.


30 People (15 Professionals, 5 Students)
0.8 Credits


  • Course notes
  • Lunch
  • Refreshment breaks




URTeC SC-15 | Applied Petroleum Geochemistry
Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, Texas 78701
United States


Joseph Anthony Curiale, PhD
Joseph Curiale Geochemical Advisory Services, USA
Richard Lewis Patience, PhD
Richard Patience APG, USA