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Second Semester 
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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[70/84]  ENERGETIC ENGINEERING [84/00 - Ord. 2018]  PERCORSO COMUNE 6 60


The course introduces the main geophysical methods used in energy resource (oil, gas and geothermal fluids) explorations but also environmental issues related to power plant activities. In particular, the course aims at:
1) providing basic theory on seismology, geoelectrics, electromagnetics, gravity, magnetic, thermal and radioactivity methods;
2) developing a perspective on geophysical measurements to characterize physical aspects of rocks and the geological structures related to energy resources.
3) providing information through the different types of geophysical data, using direct analytical and computer-aided estimation of subsurface geological materials.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- apply the techniques they learnt on synthetic/real data;
- address autonomously and critically the study of geophysical phenomena and of the internal processes of the Earth.
- appreciate the role of Geophysics in natural energy resources exploration, as well as to understand why the oil industry still invests large amounts of money in seismic exploration.
They will also reach a good command of the specific terminology, in order to understand existing literature on the topic, and share opinions with professionals.


In order to successfully attend the Exploration Geophysics for Energy Resources course, the student should master the basic mathematical knowledge provided by the Calculus (1 and 2) courses, and should have a good knowledge of the principles and methods provided by the Physics 1 and 2 courses.


The course will provide theoretical and practical knowledge of Applied Geophysics. In particular, selected topics in Seismology, Geoelectrics, Electromagnetics, and Gravimetric methods will be discussed.

Course syllabus
Introduction to geophysical methods [6 hours of theory]
Seismic methods [15 hours of theory, 8 hours of practice]
Electrical methods and Electromagnetic methods [10 hours of theory, 6 hours of practice]
Gravity method [6 hours of theory, 3 hours of practice]
Applications and Case Histories [6 hours]

Teaching Methods

Formal lectures: 46 hours; practical lessons: 17 hours.
Teaching activity will be mainly provided as formal lectures and practical lessons in the classroom.
Each lecture will systematically cover the main concepts and topics through slide presentations. The lecturer’s own research experience in the appropriate fields is brought into the lecturing sessions, where relevant.
References to significant textbooks and scientific papers will be provided as essential reading for each main topic discussed during the course.

To face the potential problems connected with the pandemic outbreak, the lectures will be held also on-line. Copies of the recorded lectures will be made available upon request. In addition, the more practical parts will be, in case, offered by means of the ICT tools available.

Verification of learning

The assessment of the competencies gained by the student during the course will be through the submission of a research work.
The research by the student will be discussed during the oral exam.

Due to the pandemic situation, the exam might be held via the alternative ICT tools available.


1) Lecture notes provided by the instuctor
2) Burger H.R., Sheehan A.F., Jones C.H., Introduction to Applied Geophysics. W.W. Norton & Company
3) Michael Dentith, Stephen T. Mudge. Geophysics for the mineral exploration geoscientists. Cambridge University Press, 2014, ISBN 978-0-521-80951-1
4) Telford, W.M., Geldart, L.P., Sheriff, R.E., Applied Geophysics. Cambridge University Press
5) Lev Eppelbaum, Izzy Kutasov, Arkady Pilchin. Applied Geothermics. Lecture notes in Earth System Sciences. Springer, 2014, ISBN 978-3-642-34022-2

More Information

As a teaching support, all the slides to be used during the lessons will be provided at the beginning of the course. Then, some simple computer programs to interpret seismic data, electrical resistivity data, gravity data will be given. Finally, examples of exercises with their solutions will be given, together with samples of previous exams.

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