3DGeological Modelling(Groundwater,Mining,Oil,Gas) - GEOS6734

Faculty: Faculty of Science

School: School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Course Outline:

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 4

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: Any one of BEES2041, MATH2089, MATH2099, MATH2801, MATH2841, MATH2859, MATH2901

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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Earth scientists will always be confronted with making decisions based on limited data sets. Therefore it is important to understand how to maximise geological interpretations from sparse data sets, while understanding the limitations of what can be inferred. This course explores how to combine various 3D spatial data sets to solve problems in 3D geological settings and covers how to construct 3D geological conceptual site models for quantification and communication.

Topics covered include: introduction to scripting, gridding algorithms, constructing 3D geological computer models of aquifers, mineral deposits and reservoirs, gridding of faulted and folded geological data, geostatistical simulation, facies modelling, and calculating the volume of a resource (water, ore, oil and gas). Case studies from regional hydrogeology, contaminated sites, mining, and petroleum will be presented.

Assumed Knowledge: A background knowledge of rock and sediment types, faulted and folded geological settings, geomorphology, and surface water and groundwater processes is assumed.

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