New Offerings Training & Education

EGI membership includes five days of instructional services or training provided by leading experts in the fields of geology, geophysics, and engineering. Training agreements between CA members and in-country governments can be arranged for visiting scientists to come to Salt Lake City. EGI staff can also be scheduled for in-country short courses. Certificate programs are available for individuals and groups.

Professional Development Units— awarded through the University of Utah, or professional development hours awarded through EGI are also available.


This classroom course provides a comprehensive introduction to the principals and tools of structural geology commonly used in the exploration and development of hydrocarbon resources. The course is designed to provide familiarity with a range of related subjects rather than proficiency in any single type of analysis. Upon completion, participants should be able to recognize the characteristic structural styles that form hydrocarbon traps and identify which additional methods might be beneficial for reservoir characterization. A complimentary Structural Geology Primer Field Course is also available depending on location.

Petroleum geomechanics as an interdisciplinary course encompasses the fields of structural geology, logging interpretation, pore pressure prediction, rock-fluid interaction, rock mechanics, fracture mechanics, etc. This Short Course offers an in-house petroleum geomechanics course striking a balance between the theoretical and practical elements, and aims to maximize the practitioners’ benefits by properly implementing geomechanics techniques in daily operations.

This two-day course will introduce major aspects of Basin and Petroleum Systems Modeling in exploration. The course includes an overview of sedimentary basins and their classification scheme as well as of the petroleum system classification approach. Additionally, the course introduces participants to the most prominent geodynamic, physical, and geochemical processes acting on sedimentary basins through geologic time. Chapter summaries and exercises will help to understand and apply the theoretical aspects in modeling sedimentary basins for petroleum exploration purposes.

This course is an integrated multi-scale and multi-discipline course covering geology, geophysics, geochemistry, petroleum systems, petrophysics, geomechanics, drilling, reservoir engineering, and production engineering. It begins with an introduction to shale geology source rock characteristics, and follows with shale reservoir characterization, sweet spot prediction, and production characteristics. The course focuses on and compares shales deposited in the U.S. and China in marine, transitional, and lacustrine settings spanning in age from Precambrian to Quaternary.