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DGMK-Event Geo-Energy Systems and Subsurface Technologies

Cancelled: DGMK/DMG/SGA Short Course: From Concept to Oil - The E&P Lifecycle

Congress Center Würzburg
Pleichertorstraße, 97070 Würzburg
The course language is English

About the Course

The course aims to provide an overview of the full workcycle from early exploration to development and production of hydrocarbons.

The course modules are:

  • Geodynamics and Basin Formation
  • Structural Geology
  • Source Rocks and Geochemistry
  • Generation of Oil and Gas
  • Sedimentology and Characteristics of Petroleum Reservoirs
  • Fundamentals of Petroleum Systems Analysis and Basin Modeling
  • Play-Based Exploration
  • The Exploration-Appraisal-Development Workflow
  • Introduction to Engineering Disciplines and Technologies in Exploration and Production
  • Digression: Linking hydrocarbon migration to ore formation (Hartwig Frimmel, University of Würzburg)

The course is aimed for students, PhD students, young professionals and employees of the E&P industry with a geoscientific or petroleum engineering background who wish to learn about the fundamentals of the formation of sedimentary basins and petroleum deposits and also acquire a solid understanding of all components of the exploration-production value chain and work cycle and the interfaces of the various E&P disciplines.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer System)

Participants may obtain 2 ECTS credit points after completion of the course and after passing a written examination. For students who do not wish to obtain an ECTS certificate the examination is not required.

This course is supported by:

Main Topics

  • Classificaton of sedimentary basins and basin forming processes
  • Structural mapping on maps and seismic data
  • Source rock formation processes and different source rock types
  • Prediction of oil and gas properties at basin and reservoir scale
  • Identification and mapping of source kitchen areas
  • Using geochemical parameters to quantify the amount of generated oil and gas
  • Reservoir quality prediction
  • Different basin modeling techniques and their application depending on the geological setting
  • Basin modeling workflows
  • Learn about the prospect maturation workflow
  • Fundamentals of subsurface technologies from an engineering perspective
  • The E&P value chain, workcycle, product, markets, stakeholders and interelationships with the E&P industry.

About the Lecturers

After studying geology in Würzburg and Aachen, Harald Karg completed his PhD in petroleum geology and basin modelling at Research Centre Jülich and RWTH Aachen. Since 1999 Harald has worked in the E&P industry for Wintershall, Woodside Energy and Schlumberger. During his assignments in Germany, Argentina, Australia and Mexico he gained extensive experience in all subsurface disciplines, and has worked in Exploration and Development projects of both conventional and unconventional resources. Currently, Harald is Vice President Subsurface Technology at Wintershall Dea in Kassel.

Martin Nagel holds a B.Sc. in Geology from the Free University of Berlin, and a M.Sc. in Geoscience from Greifswald University. Previously he worked for Woodside Engery in Perth, Australia, in various positions across Exploration and Development departments. Martin has extensive experience in play-based exploration with a proven track record in mature and frontier basin settings. Special technical interest in Seismic Attribute Analysis and Seismic Geomorphology. Further expertise in exploration well planning including Data Acquisition Planning, Shallow Hazard Analysis, plus Drilling & Logging Operations. Martin is currently working for CNOOC International in London, UK, as a Senior Geologist within the International Exploration Europe & Africa department.


Please book your accommodation by yourself. There is a contingent of reserved rooms at the
Maritim Hotel Würzburg, Pleichtorstraße 5, 97070 Würzburg.
Classic single room incl. breakfast: 139,- € per night/room

In order to book your room please send an e-mail to and mention the booking code "DGMK".

Course Fees

  • For personal members of DGMK, DMG and SGA
895,00 €
295,00 €
  • For non-members
1045,00 €
395,00 €

Registration Information

Please use the registration form below for your binding registration and you will receive an invoice for the course fee after registration. If you cancel your registration by 6 April 2020, DGMK will refund any fees already paid minus a processing fee of EUR 30. After April 6, 2020, the full course fee must be invoiced.

Student members of DMG will receive a subsidy for travel expenses of EUR 50,-. The subsidy is only valid for student DMG members and only for those who are not resident. The amount will be paid in cash and received by the respective person on a list available on-site. We assume that student participants who are fully reimbursed for their travel expenses from project or institute funds will not claim the grant.


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Event Coordinator

Dr. Dominik Soyk

Executive Director

Ines Musekamp

Coordination of the Department Geo-Energy-Systems and Subsurface Technologies