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Important Definitions For Petroleum Geoscience Exam

Half of the Petroleum Geoscience exam in the Msc Petroleum Engineering degree with Heriot Watt University is comprised of part A questions that ask you for definitions to different terminologies. That’s 50 marks. While it is difficult to know exactly what might be on the exam, the following is a list of what I think are indispensable definitions that you should have mastered before heading in. I found a great way to study for these is to print out several sheets of paper with the terminologies listed and draw mind maps out from the center of term. (more…)

How To Become a Petroleum Engineer

How to become a petroleum engineer is a question on a lot of people’s minds these days. With such a generous pay packet and the opportunity to travel with an interesting career, it’s easy to see why that is the case. As a petroleum engineer myself, I have witnessed several different pathways into the industry and I’ll outline these in this post. The most common to complete an undergraduate degree in a geoscience or relevant engineering discipline. Petroleum companies hire many different kinds of engineers; everything from aerospace to civil. If you are willing to put in the hard yards you could also start at the bottom and work your way up through the company. Though at some point it will be necessary to complete some kind of higher education in order to continue climbing the corporate rungs. Each of these strategies have different advantages and disadvantages. (more…)

Petroleum Engineering Links


The Heriot Watt University link that offers a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering via distance learning.


Society of Petroleum Engineers. A must sign up for any want to be or current petroleum engineer. Great for networking opportunities and staying up to date.


The Schlumberger oilfield glossary. This is hands down the most comprehensive glossary with all key petroleum engineering terms.


Great website for staying up to date on current news and events. Also recruitment opportunities around the world.


Wikipedia’s information on petroleum engineering.

Reservoir Engineering Theory: Proven, Probable and Possible.

This is written theory. No calculations are included. The material has been written in my own words and for the purpose of improving my knowledge of exam based topics in the Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering semester one course – Reservoir Engineering 1 at Heriot Watt University.

Reserves Definition: It is important to get this definition correct close to word-by-word. Reserves are those quantities of materials that are anticipated to be economically commercially recoverable from known accumulates from a specific date forward. (more…)

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