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