PG8202 - Common Earth Modeling in HC and Mineral Exploration. Application of Gravimetry and Magnetometry in Geological Models


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral exam
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral exam 100/100 1 hours

Course content

Geophysical and geological interpretation of gravity and magnetic data. 3D modelling techniques. Forward model calculations using geophysical, geological or mineralogical input data, with constraints from independent geophysical and petrophysical data. Anomaly interpretation from the mineral to the satellite scale and relation between geological structures and geophysical measurements on all length scales.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: Theoretical and practical knowledge that can be used in interpretation of gravity and magnetic data to improve geological models and tectonic concepts. Produce geological and tectonic models along profiles and interpretation maps.

Skills: After the course work and successful exam, the candidates should be able to

  • perform independently 3D modelling of magnetic and gravity data.
  • understand the connection between geophysical properties and models on all length scales from the mineral to the planetary scale.
  • develop new interpretations of the dependencies between different geophysical data sets.

General knowledge: The students should understand 3D modelling. They should also be trained to critically evaluate data and models, and to present scientific work to others.

Learning methods and activities

Introductory lectures. Selfstudies of "case histories". Practical exercises in data processing and 3D modelling.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

To pass the course a score of at least 70 percent is required.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Engineering (PHIV)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the PhD programme Engineering, specialization within Geophysics or Geology, or approval from the person with course responsibility.

Course materials


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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Geophysical Interpretation
  • Applied Geophysics
  • Geology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: Oral exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral exam 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral exam 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
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