Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Anno Accademico 2017/18
Petroleum and mining geology
Corso di Laurea Magistrale in Petroleum And Mining Engineering (Ingegneria Del Petrolio E Mineraria) - Torino
Docente Qualifica Settore Lez Es Lab Tut Anni incarico
Lo Russo Stefano ORARIO RICEVIMENTO O2 GEO/05 80 20 0 40 4
SSD CFU Attivita' formative Ambiti disciplinari
GEO/05 10 B - Caratterizzanti Ingegneria per l'ambiente e il territorio
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.
Risultati di apprendimento attesi
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
Prerequisiti / Conoscenze pregresse
Intermediate knowledge of the main natural physical and chemical phenomena
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
Organizzazione dell'insegnamento
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.
Testi richiesti o raccomandati: letture, dispense, altro materiale didattico
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)
Criteri, regole e procedure per l'esame
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.
Orario delle lezioni
Statistiche superamento esami

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

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