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GOLI (Geosciences Online Learning Initiative)
List of Online Courses

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The Geosciences Online Learning Initiative (GOLI) is a webinar program developed in cooperation between the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG). We welcome applications from presenters for a broad range of topics that may be informative and of interest to geoscientists, other scientists, educators/students, legislators, and the public. The presentation format is live, using PowerPoint, and about 50 to 60 minutes in duration. The presentation may be recorded for additional viewing opportunities. These webinars may also be suitable for the award of continuing education units (CEUs) or continuing professional development.

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Courses Available

Basics of Reservoir Engineering for Geoscientists

Teacher: Robert Font, PhD, CPG, PG, EurGeol

An introduction to reservoir engineering for geoscientists that covers the following topics:

  • Review of G&G in E&P
  • Development Geology
  • Reservoir Properties
  • Oil and Gas Well Production
  • Petroleum Reservers
  • EOR Techniques
  • Rock Deformation; Fractured Reservoirs
  • Rules for Appraisal of Oil and Gas Properties
  • Self Assessment Questions and Problems
  • Helpful References

AIPG accredited - 5 CEU
510 pages

5 CEU exam - online course plus the course on CD: CPG - $900; Member - $1,020; Non-Member - $1,200
3.5 CEU's without the final exam online course plus the course on CD: CPG - $562.50; Member - $637.50; Non-Member - $750
The entire course on CD (as reference material) + shipping/handling: CPG - $262.50; Member - $297.50; Non-Member - $350
(International orders will be an additional $25 for shipping CD).

Basics of Seismic Petroleum Exploration for New Hires

Teacher: Robert Font, PhD, CPG, PG, EurGeol

This course is intended as a basic review of seismic prospecting methods for locating and extracting oil and gas global resources.  It begins with a review of world hydrocarbon reserves, production and consumption, as well as overall goals and methods which apply to petroleum exploratory efforts.  It then concentrates on the specific importance of the seismic method in the modern search and development of these reserves.  Specifically, the course addresses the following topics:   

  1. Seismic waves, rock deformation, elastic versus plastic behavior, elastic properties and density of earth materials and corresponding seismic wave velocities.
  2. Seismic wave propagation and key travel time equations.
  3. Single fold versus multi-fold coverage, horizontal versus dipping reflectors, offsets, multiples and diffractions.
  4. Seismic acquisition, processing, corrections and velocity terminology.
  5. The importance of integrating seismic with well control, calculation of reflection coefficients, development of synthetic seismograms, and utilization of check shot surveys and VSPs.
  6. Seismic interpretation and steps in prospect development and delineation, including 2-D and 3-D seismic methods, basic information obtained and possible pitfalls.  Also, the role of seismic data in development geology (the usage of 4-D seismic analysis or 3-D through time).
  7. Identification of direct hydrocarbon Indicators (HCIs).
  8. Seismic stratigraphy and its applications.
  9. Techniques such as AVO analysis and pore pressure prediction, seismic inversion and seismic coherence.

AIPG accredited - 1 CEU
439 pages

1 CEU exam - online course plus the course on CD: CPG - $187.50; Member - $212.50; Non-Member - $250
0.8 CEU's without the final exam online course plus the course on CD: CPG - $150; Member - $170; Non-Member - $200
The entire course on CD (as reference material) + shipping/handling: CPG - $150; Member - $170; Non-Member - $200
(International orders will be an additional $25 for shipping CD).

Well Logs and Log Analysis for New Hires

Teacher: Robert Font, PhD, CPG, PG, EurGeol

The two most basic tools used in petroleum exploration and production are well logs and seismic data. Their integration is essential to enhance the probability of success of exploratory and development ventures.

In this course we concentrate on the subject of well logs. Although we always hope for success when we drill wells, we can learn valuable information from dry holes also. So, let's see what we can ascertain from well logs.

AIPG accredited - 1 CEU
209 pages

1 CEU exam - online course plus the course on CD: CPG - $187.50; Member - $212.50; Non-Member - $250
0.5 CEU's without the final exam online course plus the course on CD: CPG - $150; Member - $170; Non-Member - $200
The entire course on CD (as reference material) + shipping/handling: CPG - $150; Member - $170; Non-Member - $200
(International orders will be an additional $25 for shipping CD).

Practical Petroleum Geology

Teacher: Robert Font, PhD, CPG, PG, EurGeol

Practical Petroleum Geoscience is a survey course that covers the most important aspects of geology and geophysics, as these apply to petroleum exploration and production. The course also covers the important topics of exploration economics and risk analysis. Remember that a scientific success that results in an economic failure is of no value to the end goal.

AIPG accredited - 8 CEU's
802 pages

8 CEU's with final exam - online course plus the course on CD: CPG - $1,050; Member - $1,190; Non-Member - $1,400
4 CEU's without the final exam online course plus the course on CD: CPG - $525; Member - $595; Non-Member - $700
The entire course on CD (as reference material) + shipping/handling: CPG - $262.50; Member - $297.50; Non-Member - $350
(International orders will be an additional $25 for shipping CD).

Critical and Strategic Minerals: Concepts and Status

Teacher: James Burnell, PhD, CPG

The term critical and strategic minerals has been around for some 90 years to describe those mineral commodities needed for the US economy that are mostly imported. The term originated during the First World War to include those materials needed for the war effort. We developed a new list appropriate for economy and technology of 2011. The webinar will review the history of the concept of critical and strategic minerals, look at the new list. Details of some of the key commodities will be reviewed, considering their uses, price histories, the U.S. import situation and their current status for U.S. dependence.

Both the National Academy of Sciences in the U.S. and a special commission of the European Union have conducted special studies and raised the concern over the future availability of many critical and strategic minerals to feed industry in their respective jurisdictions.

AIPG accredited - .1 CEU's

With CEU's - $49 or No CEU's - $29

Global Energy Resources - Current Trends and Short Term Predictions

Teacher: Ron Wallace, CPG

Hydrocarbons dominate as sources of energy and are projected to be the dominant sources into the future. Alternative energy sources currently make only a small percentage of the total energy but there is positive growth. This one hour webinar will not only concentrate on U.S sources of energy but will discuss world energy sources and will discuss what the energy sources may look like in 2035 and some recommendations for the future.

AIPG accredited - .1 CEU's

With CEU's - $49 or No CEU's - $29

The Geology of Texas - The Basal Cretaceous

Teacher: Robert Font, PhD, CPG, PG, EurGeol

Author: Sue Lynn Bishop, Art Bishop, and Robert Font

In this online course you will accompany us on a tour of some selected outcrops of the Lower Cretaceous System of central Texas. This general area constitutes one of the best exposures of Cretaceous strata anywhere around the globe. In our coverage, we will emphasize various aspects of the development, stratigraphy, sedimentology, structure and paleontology of these units. It is also our aim to provide you with additional historical and geographical data that will make this virtual field tour both interesting and informative.

AIPG accredited - 1 CEU
273 pages

Online field tour or the entire course on CD (as reference material) + shipping/handling: CPG - $112.50; Member - $127.50; Non-Member - $150
(International orders will be an additional $25 for shipping CD).

Landslides

Teacher: Robert Font, PhD, CPG, PG, EurGeol

This course is designed to be an introduction to the subject of landslides or mass wasting. We will discuss the causes of landslides, their form and classification, as well as methods of analysis, prediction and prevention.It is our hope that the material covered in this course will provide you with a firm background and motivate you to explore this important subject in greater depth.

AIPG accredited - 3.5 CEU's
193 pages

3.5 CEU's with final exam online course plus the course on CD: CPG - $562.50; Member - $637.50; Non-Member - $750
2.5 CEU's no final exam required online course plus the course on CD: CPG - 375; Member - $425; Non-Member - $500
The entire course on CD (as reference material) + shipping/handling: CPG - $150; Member - $170; Non-Member - $200
(International orders will be an additional $25 for shipping CD).

Geotechnical Properties & Engineering Problems Texas Clay - Shale

Teacher: Robert Font, PhD, CPG, PG, EurGeol

  • Crataceous shales in the north-central Texas area give rise to engineering problems.
    This online short course covers:
    • Regional geologic setting, structure and stratigraphy.
    • Specific material geotechnical properties including:
      • Clay mineralogy, values of Atterberg limits and indices, potential volume change, shear strength, etc.
    • Engineering problems and solutions concerning:
      • Accurate shear strength determination as dictated by field conditions, mass wasting, swell pressures and more.

AIPG accredited - .6 CEU's

0.6 CEU's with final exam online course plus the course on CD: - CPG - $150; Member - $172.50; Non-Member - $187.50
0.5 CEU's without final exam online course plus the course on CD: - CPG - $100; Member - $115; Non-Member - $125
The entire course on CD (as reference material) + shipping/handling: CPG - $85; Member - $75; Non-Member - $100
(International orders will be an additional $25 for shipping CD).

Understanding Natural Geologic Hazards -- What Everyone Should Know

Teacher: Robert Font, PhD, CPG, PG, EurGeol

This is also a comprehensive survey course (AIPG sponsored) in the form of approximately 500 Powerpoint slides covering our knowledge of geologic hazards and of the techniques we can use to mitigate, control, predict, and even prevent these events. It is currently available on CD as reference material.

A CD is available for CPG - $200.00; Member - $230; Non-Member - $250
564 pages
(International orders will be an additional $25 for shipping CD).

Making a PowerPoint Presentation into a Work of Art

Teacher: Christopher Mathewson

A review and demonstration of strategies for ensuring your use of PowerPoint strengthens your presentation, and does not distract from the message or the delivery to the audience.

AIPG accredited - .1 CEU's

With CEU's - $49 or No CEU's - $29

The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) was founded in 1963 to certify the credentials
of practicing geologists and to advocate on behalf of the profession.

AIPG represents the professional interests of all practicing geoscientists in every discipline.
It's advocacy & efforts are focused on the promotion of the role of geology and geologists in society.