Introduction to Marine Site Characterization Course

Learning Programs

A marine site investigation integrates geology, geophysics, and geotechnical data to develop the soil properties required to understand geological constraints and to gather information to design submarine foundations and layouts. Who should attend? Geoscientists, engineers, and managers who work, contract, and plan marine site survey and geotechnical programs for exploration and field development.
The three-day comprehensive course covers survey planning, acquisition, interpretation, and integration of data, culminating with an in-depth presentation of several integrated case studies. The course is taught by recognized experts in these fields from energy company operators, service contractors, consultants, and academic institutions.

Full Course Program

Day 1

Topic Time
Course Introduction 07.45-08.00
Technical Professional's Role in Site Characterization 08.00-08.30
What is a Site Characterization Model 08.30-08.45
Exercise: What are the Geohazards? - First Pass 08.45-09.00
Positioning 09.00-09.45
Break 09.45-10.00
Site Characterization Planning 10.00-11.00
Site Characterization Vessel Selection 11.00-11.30
Exercise: Select the Appropriate Vessel 11.30-12.00
Lunch 12.00-12.45
Seismic Principles 12.45-13.45
Demonstration: Examples of Seismic Data 13.45-14.00
Multichannel Techniques 14.00-15.00
Break 15.00-15.15
Acoustic Tools 15.15-16.00
Data Loading, Manipulation, and QC 16.00-16.45
Exercise: Workflows Revealed! 16.45-17.00
Topical Discussion 17.00-17.15

Day 2

Topic Time
Data Interpretation 07.45-09.00
Exercise: Seismic Data Phase and Polarity 09.00-09.30
Break 09.30-09.45
Marine Engineering Geology 09.45-10.45
Exercise: What are the Geohazards? - Second Pass 10.45-11.15
Specialty Fields  
Marine Archaeology 11.15-12.00
Lunch 12.00-12.45
Exercise: Marine Archaeology Activity 12.45-13.15
Metocean for Site Characterization 13.15-14.15
Geotechnical Engineering  
Foundation Engineering 14.15-14.45
Break 14.45-15.00
Foundation Engineering (cont') 15.00-15.30
Exercise: Example of Foundation Engineering 15.30-15.45
Assessment of Geotechnical Scope 15.45-16.00
Exercise: Select Geotechnical Data Stations 16.00-16.45
Topical Discussion 16.45-17.15

Day 3

Topic Time
Seabed Sampling and Site Investigation Techniques 07.45-08.45
Geotechnical Characterization of Marine Sediments 09.00-09.30
Exercise: Soil Property Characterization 09.30-09.45
Break 09.45-10.00
Laboratory Testing and Data Interpretation 10.00-11.00
Exercise: Design Sampling Program at Anchor Sites 11.00-11.30
Lunch 12.00-12.45
Integrated Stratigraphy 12.15-13.00
Slope Stability 13.00-13.30
Exercises: Integrated Slope Stability 13.30-13.45
Risk Assessment 13.45-14.30
Exercise: Impact of Spatial Variability 14.30-14.45
Break 14.45-15.00
Case Studies  
Conventional - GOM 15.00-15.30
Challenging - Brazil 15.30-16.00
Complex - Malaysia 16.00-16.30
The Importance of Site Characterization 16.30-17.15

For registration information contact: Araceli Lopez-Acosta at

For course information contact: Dr. Victor Taboada at or +1 (713) 369-5832.

Introduction to Marine Site Characterization Course


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