TPG4130 - Seismic Interpretation


This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination.

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

The course aims to provide students with basic seismic interpretation skills. This involves key elements such as

  • Seismic acquisition and processing principles,
  • Seismic-well tie,
  • Basic seismic interpretation techniques,
  • Structural and stratigraphic interpretation using seismic data,
  • Map generation,
  • Velocities and depth conversion,
  • Seismic amplitude and attribute analysis,
  • Play and prospect evaluation

Learning outcome

Ingress: The students are introduced to methodologies and strategies for interpretation of 2D and 3D seismic data. They will develop basic skills in structural and stratigraphic interpretation. In addition, the students will acquire basic knowledge about seismic amplitude reflections from lithological boundaries within the subsurface.

Knowledge: The students should know state-of-the-art interpretation techniques for 2D and 3D seismic data. They should know structural analysis and seismic stratigraphy as methods for interpretation. They should have basic theoretical knowledge about seismic reflections from geological boundaries and have practical skills in performing amplitude versus offset/angle analysis.

Skills: The students should be able to use a seismic interpretation software for 2D and 3D seismic. They should also be able to calculate volumes and understand the principles of risking prospects. They will be able to perform regional seismic mapping in addition to detailed seismic prospect evaluation.

General competence: Students will be able to interpret seismic where the aim is to define and develop prospects for carrying out detailed reservoir characterization.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and 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. The exercises comprise regional seismic interpretation of 2D data and prospect evaluation using 3D seismic data. The course is given in English. The course is evaluated by a reference group.

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
SIG4024 7.5
TPG4127 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Petroleum Geophysics
  • Seismics
  • Petroleum Geology
  • Applied Geophysics
Contact information

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 H 2024-05-30 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL110 hvit sone Sluppenvegen 14 1
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 H 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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