TPG4127 - Interpretation of Geophysical Data


New from the academic year 2023/2024

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course aims to provide students with knowledge in the interpretation of low and high frequency geophysical data such as seismic (tomography, 2D, 3D, 4D, inverted), Electromagnetic (VLF, MT, CSEM, GPR), and the integration of geophysics with geology through modelling of well and outcrop data.

This course will cover topics such as

  • Introduction to geophysical methods in subsurface characterization.
  • Seismic data, methods and interpretation.
  • Well and synthetic seismogram data.
  • Stratigraphic and structural interpretation of seismic data.
  • Electromagnetic methods and interpretation.
  • Exploration of subsurface resources using electromagnetic method.
  • Mapping of reservoirs and aquifers in the subsurface.
  • Characterization of continental margins using 2D regional and seismic tomography data.
  • Seismic forward modelling of outcrops.
  • Integration of Seismic and EM for deep imaging

Learning outcome

Ingress: The students are introduced to methodologies and strategies for interpretation of seismic, EM, and other geophysical data. They will develop basic skills in structural and stratigraphic interpretation. In addition, the students will acquire basic knowledge about continental margins, internal structure of the crust, deep earth and the exploration of subsurface resources.

Knowledge: The students should know state-of-the-art interpretation techniques for seismic and EM data.

Skills: The students should be able to integrate seismic, EM, outcrop, and other geophysical data in their interpretation. They will be able to perform regional geological mapping, prospect mapping, and evaluation.

General competence: Students will be able to interpret geophysical data with the aim of understanding deep earth structure, continental margins, plate boundaries, explore for subsurface resources such as water (onshore and offshore), hydrocarbon, marine minerals, geothermal resources, energy in general and geohazard mitigation.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and compulsory exercises. The exercises allow the students to apply their theoretical knowledge gained from course lectures through practical interpretation tasks on paper and workstations. The exercises are either solved through teamwork (3-5 students) or individually. A short geology field mapping exercise is part of the seismic forward modelling topic. The course is given in English and will be evaluated by a reference group.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

The examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments. If there is a re-sit examination, the assessment form may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

Book, lecture notes and scientific articles.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TPG4130 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
SIG4024 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Petroleum Geophysics
  • Seismics
  • Applied Geophysics
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D 2024-05-30 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL311 grønn sone Sluppenvegen 14 10
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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