QGIS for Geoscience Professionals 2023 (Training Partner Programme)

Four-week introductory online course, exploring some of the most common geoscience uses of Quantum Geographic Information Systems (QGIS).


8-29 March 2023

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Course Description

PESGB Training Partner Programme – QGIS for Geoscience Professionals

Facilitator: John McLeod, Geologist, USA

If you have used ESRI or other Geographic Information System (GIS) programs, you are already familiar with the utility and capabilities of relational database mapping and analysis. If you have used Petrel, Geographix, Kingdom, Petra, or other commercial petroleum geoscience programs you appreciate how mapping software can be tailored to the demands of a specific industry (oil and gas).

Did you know that open-source (free) mapping software can be adapted to many of the specialized geoscience mapping functions you may have done in commercial software?

QGIS can be challenging to learn but is worth the effort.

In this four-week introductory online course, we will explore some of the most common geoscience uses of Quantum Geographic Information Systems (QGIS) – globally the most popular and advanced open-source GIS program available.

The online course will be conducted in the form of lecture, demonstration, class exercises and interaction on your computer. Each weekly session will be 2 hours in length and will include homework assignments for practice and exploration to reinforce learning for Geoscience Professionals.

Part 1 |  Wednesday 8 March 2023

• Understanding QGIS components and functions
• Understanding and setting coordinate reference systems
• Setting defaults, autosave and saving
• Understanding data types and layers
• Understanding web connectivity and data sources
• Creating projects and loading data
• Styling geoscience data
• Exporting data

Part 2 | Wednesday 15 March 2023

• Working with geoscience data – tables, Raster and Vector
• Querying, filtering and calculating
• Creating and modifying grids
• Creating and modifying contours
• Calculating thickness and volumes
• Refining maps (smoothing, clipping, pre-press)

Part 3 | Wednesday 22 March 2023

• Using other gridding algorithms
• Gridding from contours – TIN
• Using oil and gas well data
• Linking raster logs to wells and making a cross section
• Using elevation data and making 3D models

Part 4 | Wednesday 29 March 2023

• Georeferencing rasters
• Using other plugins
• Analyzing faults and fractures with Rose diagrams
• Loading SGY files and linking to a seismic viewer
• Using QGIS Resources

Who should attend:
Geoscientist, Engineers and any PESGB members and non-members who are interested to learn more about the topic.

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Facilitator Biography

John McLeod, Geologist, USA

John McLeod is an independent geologist and geochemist and founder of Source Rocks International based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He previously held petroleum geoscience positions with Mobil Oil, Oryx Energy, EOG Resources, Chesapeake Energy and SM Energy. His principal interests are exploration and petroleum systems analysis, source rock geochemistry, paleontology and field geology in exotic locations. Since late 2019, he developed an interest in adapting open-source QGIS and public data to the mapping and analysis needs of geoscientists.

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