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Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
01RWDNW
Petroleum and mining geology
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Petroleum And Mining Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Lo Russo Stefano ORARIO RICEVIMENTO O2 GEO/05 80 20 0 40 3
SSD CFU Activities Area context
GEO/05 10 B - Caratterizzanti Ingegneria per l'ambiente e il territorio
Subject fundamentals
The course Petroleum and mining geology is mainly aimed to provide geological skills for engineers involved in the Petroleum industry and mining.
Primary objectives of the first part Introduction to Geology and rocks are to describe the basic concepts of the Physical Geology, the internal structure of the earth, the rocks classification and origin. The lessons course concentrates mainly on sedimentology and sedimentation environments.
The second part Sedimentary basins and Hydrocarbons concentrates on sedimentary basins and highlights selected geological principles and processes and relationships with hydrocarbons generation and accumulation.
In the third part the course concentrates on the Mining Geology. In particular lessons regard the fundamentals of the mineral resources, mine design, mine mapping and sampling, resource estimation methods.
A fourth part regards the basic concepts of Geological mapping and geological data interpretation and correlation.
Expected learning outcomes
The student will acquire specific skills that related to:
- major geodynamic phenomena and nature of the rocks
- understanding of the main geological phenomena of sedimentary basins genesis and evolution
- origin, migration and trapping of hydrocarbons
- fundamental of applied mining geology
- fundamentals of geological, reservoir and mine mapping
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Intermediate knowledge of the main natural physical and chemical phenomena
Contents
The course is subdivided into four main sections.

Section I: Introduction to Geology and rocks (4 CFU)
Lectures: Introduction to Geology, Geologic time, the Earth system, the rock cycle, Earth internal structure, Continental drifts and their evidences, plate tectonics, mechanism, continental boundaries. Rock-forming minerals, Igneous and metamorphic rocks.
Introduction to Sedimentology, Sedimentray rocks. Sediment transport and deposition. Sedimentary structures. Facies and depositional environments. Stratigraphic principles, Sequence stratigraphy, Sedimentological Processes Modeling.

Section II: Sedimentary basins and Hydrocarbons (2 CFU)
Lectures: Characterization and evolution of sedimentary basins. Oil and gas systems, Source rocks and petroleum generation, Petroleum migration, Petroleum accumulation in trap.

Section III - Mining Geology (2 CFU)
Lectures: Mine design, mine mapping, sampling and mineral resources.

Section IV Geological mapping (2 CFU)
Lectures: Fundamentals of mapping, Geological survey, Data acquisition, Correlations, Conceptual geological models, GIS fundamentals.
This section includes both lectures and practical exercises
Delivery modes
Lessons will be held in plenary sessions. The exercises in the final part of the course were held in small groups directly in the classroom. Depending on the organization conditions it could be possible to make one-day field trip.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources

Summary of the main topics and PPT slides are available on the course web site.
Main reference texts:
- Compton R.R. (1962) Manual of field geology. John Wiley & Sons.
- Chapman R.E. (1983) Petroleum Geology. Elsevier. ISBN 0-444-42165-3
- Hyne N.J.(2001) Petroleum Geology, Exploration, Drilling and Production. Pennwell. ISBN 0-87814-823-X
- Knut B. (2010). Petroleum Geology. Springer. ISBN: 9783642023316.
Other specific references will be provided during the course.
- Marat A. (2016) Applied Mining Geology Springer ISSN 1876-1690 (electronic)

Assessment and grading criteria
The written examination (2 hours) consists of a set of questions, numerically evaluated. If the numerical assessment is sufficient (over 18/30) students can ask for an optional oral exam to improve the final evaluation.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2017/18
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