Unfortunately, the course is cancelled for 2022.

Location: School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne

Enrollments: A maximum of 12 students may enroll 

Dates: to be determined


About the Course: The assessment and development  of geological subsurface CO2 storage sites requires a diverse range of technical skills as well as a good understanding of regulatory  and environmental protection requirements and objectives, and socio-political advocacy. This course comprises five days of lectures and practical exercises covering the workflow of technical / scientific assessments, discussing common problems and  industry best-practice to achieve safe and secure geological storage of CO2. Following an introductory ‘back-story’ to carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) the work flow will commence with basin and play scale analyses and rapidly focus onto portfolio management for storage site screening, storage site selection and site analysis for future appraisal and development operations. Whilst a sound basic knowledge of geosciences and/or reservoir engineering is required, the application of those skills sets will be reviewed and applied (in lecture and group workshop format respectively).

The Course is For: Eligible Honours and Masters students with a major in Geology or Reservoir Engineering and professionals looking to take a specialist course on the geological storage of  CO2  and related topics  such as regulatory frameworks, water resources and petroleum geology. It is anticipated classes will consist of university students as well as professionals from industry and governments wishing to extend their knowledge of geological storage of CO2.

Learning Outcomes: This course will develop skills to:

  • Understand the complete spectrum and work flow of geological storage site selection and analysis.
  • Identify and apply screening criteria for storage site selection and appraisal planning
  • Evaluate data gaps, uncertainties and risks and plan mitigating circumstances
  • Develop an awareness of the long term planning required to mature a site to the development stage
  • Understand the complex of multi-disciplinary skills brought to bear on the process
  • Access networks and resources to facilitate storage site evaluation and management

Course Content Includes:

  • Global and national status of geological storage of CO2
  • Storage principles
  • Best Practices and legislative framework
  • Site screening and selection
  • Static and dynamic modelling - highlights
  • Geomechanical and geochemical modelling – highlights
  • Risk analysis and management
  • Measurement monitoring and verification
  • Appraisal plan and site development plan

Course Presenter: Dr George Carman:- professional geologist with >40 years of experience in the petroleum industry serving in technical, senior management and executive positions and as a consultant. From 2010-2014 George served in an advisory role on CO2 injection site selection and as Storage Director for Victoria State’s CarbonNet Project leading up to the certification of the Project Appraisal Plan. Further details may be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/drgeorgecarmangeodirect

Additional key subject speakers will cover specialist details (subject to availability)

Assessment and Credit: http://vieps-dot-org.earthsci.unimelb.edu.au/page/courses

Assessment details can be found at: https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/subjects/geol90043

Duration:  The course will run for 5 days and a further one week of your own time is allowed to complete and deliver a final written submission for assessment.  Further course and assessment information can be found at: https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/subjects/geol90043

Date: 29/08 - 16/09 2022. 

Location: Room 304, Viz Room on the third floor of School of Earth Sciences, McCoy Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus.

Time, Date, Location of First Meeting: 09:00 am Monday 29 August, Room 304, third floor of School of Earth Sciences, McCoy Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus.

Contact hours: Total 80 contact hours, lectures, practical and field excursion 

Basin Analysis, by Allen P.A. & Allen J.R. 2005/2013

Subject Overview: 

This subject will show how to assess sedimentary basins for their resource potential, particularly those resources dependent upon porosity and permeability, such as geothermal energy, water, hydrocarbons and gas/CO2-storage. The skills taught come primarily from the petroleum industry, including seismic interpretation, borehole analysis, core-logging and temperature measurement, but are applied to assess all resources. Students will assess the ESE (economic, social and environmental) value of the resources. Students will each present and promote a farm-out investment opportunity and will be given an investment portfolio. Each student will be required to rank the opportunities against their portfolio. Practically, this will be achieved by comparing and contrasting eastern Australia basins of different types; the Palaeozoic Drummond Basin in Queensland, and the Mesozoic-Tertiary Gippsland-Otway Basins in Victoria. The key assignment will be to analyse the origin, fill, sediment properties and tectonic history of each basin and to assess its resource potential. The subject will include a one-day field excursion to Peninsula Hot Springs geothermal bathing and spa resort on the Mornington Peninsula.

The Intrroductory lecture can be found at the following link


Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop an understanding of the nature and origin of sedimentary basins
  • Interpret the basin fill and sedimentary environments from core and recorded data
  • Evaluate hydrocarbon, CO2 storage, water, geothermal and mineral resources
  • Learn exploration techniques and strategy
  • Interpret seismic data, electric logs and geohistory curves to define potential resources

Generic Skills:

  • Undertake rigorous and independent thinking;
  • Adopt a problem-solving approach to new and unfamiliar tasks;
  • Develop high-level written report and/or oral presentation skills;
  • Interrogate, synthesise and interpret the published literature;
  • Work as part of a team.

    For more information see the University of Melbourne handbook entry (https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/2019/subjects/geol90048).

    Recommended background knowledge

    A knowledge of third-year geology is strongly recommended.


    Core logging and interpretation practical (15%), geochemical analyses and geohistory practical (15%), geothermal practical (15%), a seismic interpretation practical (15%), assignment: Investment portfolio assessment (10%) , Assignment: Gippsland-Otway-Drummond basins resource potential (30%)  

    Cost: PESA members $890; non PESA members $1110; no additional cost for students

    To make the payment for this course, please click here.

    • Teachers: Kevin Hill, Andy Mills, Richard Lovell, Graeme Beardsmore

    Dates: 21/03 - 01/04 2022

    Times: all day

    Location: Parkville campus (University of Melbourne) and FIELD EXCURSION (Area of Port Campbell / Apollo Bay, Victoria)


    Edwards J., Leonard J.G., Pettifer G.R. & McDonald P.A. 1996. Colac 1:250,000 Map Geological Report, Geological Survey of Victoria Report 98, 168 pages.

    Tickell S.J., Edwards J. and Abele C. 1992. Port Campbell Embayment 1:100,000 Map Geological Report, Geological Survey of Victoria Report 95, 97 pages. 

    SUBJECT OVERVIEW (to be changed for 2022)

    This course is a 6-day field trip along the Otway Coast. The field excursion visits spectacular outcrops between Port Campbell and Anglesea and integrates the field geology with seismic, remote sensing, potential field, well, geochemistry and topographic data.  The aim is to teach geologists and geophysicists the skills needed to analyse the evolution, stratigraphy and structure of a basin and hence be able to assess its economic and resource potential in terms of hydrocarbons, gas-storage, minerals and water. Otway Basin gas exploration has recently been very successful offshore, with the Geographe, Thylacine, Minerva, Casino-Henry and Annie discoveries as well as several small onshore gasfields.

    The sequence stratigraphy and depositional environments of outcrops are examined, with a focus on stratigraphic sections measured in the field. The outstanding geological structures observed are analysed to determine the nature and timing of events and their influence on deposition.  Each area utilises nearby seismic sections to illustrate key aspects of the structure, stratigraphy and basin evolution.  Potential field, remote sensing and topographic data are also studied to define regional structural and stratigraphic trends. Geochemical data (VR) help to assess relative amounts of uplift and denudation, particularly across faults.  The challenge for participants is to integrate all their observations into a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of this part of the Otway Basin and apply this to determine resource potential.

    Attendees will learn and apply the following techniques in the field:-

    • Measuring stratigraphic sections and interpreting environment of deposition including; aeolian dunes, fluvial, lacustrine + coals, shallow and deep marine shale, limestone and sandstone, with condensed sequences.
    • Measuring structural sections and determining structural style in the basin
    • Relating field observations to seismic, well, geochemical, remote sensing and potential field data and topography
    • Analysing extension, inversion and compression structures with minor strike-slip
    • Determining 2D and 3D stratigraphic relationships and variations
    • Observing and predicting onlap onto variably deformed and eroded surfaces
    • Assessing source, reservoir and seal potential
    • Summarising the basin’s tectonic evolution and its relevance for resources.


    Course assessment is based on stratigraphic and structural sections completed in the field and handed in on the day (50%) and on a post field trip assignment (50%) handed in ~2 weeks after the course.


    Stay two nights of in Port Campbell and three nights at Apollo Bay, both in the Hostel in shared dormitories for 4-6 people.



    Sunday – Day 1 9am Pick up from Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne, drive to Port Campbell stopping at interesting geological points en route. Examine seismic from the Colac Trough. See the upstream Pebble Point fluvial facies. Look at faults in the 12 Apostles area. Stay in Port Campbell. Buy food at supermarket for tomorrow’s meals. Dinner in the hostel.

    Monday  - Day 2. Visit Point Margaret and Buckley’s Point, near Princetown, to look at the Pebble Point and Dilwyn Formation, including measuring a section. If time, see the 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Head towards Peterborough to see coastal structure. Stay in Port Campbell. Dinner in the hostel.

    Tuesday  - Day 3 Drive along the Old Coach Track to Above Dilwyn Bay in the bus. Climb down a very steep slope to Dilwyn Bay to see the inversion structure in the Eumeralla – Pebble Point. Return to bus and drive to the Gable for structural view, then on to Johanna Beach for a discussion of the structure wrt an offshore seismic line. Drive to Apollo Bay and stay at Apollo Bay in hostel. Dinner in the hostel.

    Wednesday - Day 4 Drive to Johanna Beach and walk along beach to Browns Creek. Measure a stratigraphic section in the Eocene-Oligocene carbonates. Visit Cape Otway Lighthouse in afternoon to see regional structure and discuss magnetics and thermochronology data. Stay at Apollo Bay in hostel. Dinner in the hostel.

    Thursday – Day 5 Castle Cove structural transect, including constructing a structural cross section and working out the evolution. Marengo Eumeralla outcrops showing rare quartzose sediments in the Eumeralla and dinosaur footprints? Stay at Apollo Bay in hostel. Dinner in the hostel.

    Friday – Day 6 Beacon Point and Skenes Creek road to see Eumeralla structure and stratigraphy, compared to the foreshore at Apollo Bay (east). Cumberland River. Airey’s Inlet to see limestone on Oligocene volcanics at Split Point. Coal mine Creek and Anglesea coal mine for Eocene environment of deposition. Drive to Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne and aim to be there by 5 pm.

    Teacher: Kevin Hill