Geostatistics Courses

Courses offered by the Centre for Computational Geostatistics

Teaching is a primary focus of the CCG, from the fundamentals of geostatistics to advanced courses on specialized topics. Learn more about the industry courses offered to mining, petroleum, and geoscience professionals, as well as the university courses that are offered to graduate students.

CCG Industry Courses

Citation Program in Applied Geostatistics

Instructor: Prof. Clayton V. Deutsch
Location: University of Alberta, Main Campus
Registration Fee: $8,000 (CAD) GST Exempt

Citation Schedule for 2018:
Week One: May 22-25, 2018 – Attendance is mandatory
Week Two: June 18-21, 2018
Week Three: July 16-19, 2018
Week Four: August 13-16, 2018

The Citation Program in Applied Geostatistics program (CPAG) is designed to assist mining and petroleum engineers and geoscientists better pinpoint the resource bodies for which they search. This program fills an important niche between the conventional one-week short course and the two-year Masters degree program in the Faculty of Engineering. It is ideally suited to those from industry who seek a more in depth understanding of modern geostatistical tools.

  • Communicate the place of geostatistical models of heterogeneity and uncertainty in modern resource/reserve evaluation
  • Explain geostatistical concepts and tools
  • Apply simulation / uncertainty management concepts

These objectives are met through classroom instruction, tutoring, and self-study. In addition to prepared assignments, each participant will undertake a realistic mini-project using their own data (if available) or provided data.

The main topics include:

  • Geologic rock types and stochastic modeling
  • Trends and non-stationarity
  • Variograms for spatial continuity modeling
  • Kriging for optimal estimation of resources
  • Simulation for uncertainty quantification
  • Multivariate modeling
  • Decision making in presence of uncertainty

Prerequisite: Bachelors Degree in Engineering and/or Geoscience related field.

Check out the Applied Geostatistics Website to qualify for admission. Contact the Faculty of Extension at (780) 492-5532 or email for more information.

The Citation Program in Applied Geostatistics is also available in Chile.

Vine del Mar – Chile

Apply to the 2018 Citation Program in Applied Geostatistics

Citation Discussion Forum

The citation discussion forum was created to serve as an interactive platform for citation participants. Users can post their questions, reply to other participants, learn more about GSLIB and interact directly with other professionals. The forum is only available for citation attendants.

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CCG Industry Courses

Fundamentals of Geostatistics Short Course
Principles and Hands-on Practice

Short Course offered by Prof. Clayton V. Deutsch
TBC – Edmonton, AB Canada
University of Alberta, Campus

Short Course Registration Form

Course Registration Fees:
CCG Member – $1,650.00 (CAD)
Non-Member – $1,800.00 (CAD)

The fundamental principles of geostatistics will be covered in lectures and hands-on exercises. Each participant will have an appreciation for the variety of geostatistical techniques and tools available to address problems of heterogeneity modeling and decision making. The participants will be able to apply key techniques and software with their own data. The limitations and assumptions of different methods will be revealed.

This course is primarily intended for geoscientists, engineers and computer scientists with an interest in learning how to build geostatistical models. Students who have taken a similar course will benefit from the new course material and discussion on best practices.

Information & Dates for the Geostatistics Short Course

A new specialized training program, Masters in Geostatistical Modelling of Mineral Deposits, will be taught in partnership with Maptek South America. Beginning in 2018, the program is oriented towards working geologists and mining engineers with experience in geostatistics, and consists of 10 modules taught over two years, by Dr. Clayton Deutsch, Dr. John Manchuk and Dr. Ryan Barnett.

The program, to be held at Maptek South America’s facilities in Viña del Mar, Chile, will consist of ten modules taught over two years. Each module will include a pre-reading package, face-to-face classes (three days), an exercise and an exam. Each module is expected to take three to five days of study, plus three days of classes. In total there will be 30 days of face-to-face instruction and 30 to 50 days of personal study.

In each module, a passing grade of 75% must be obtained. Non-attendance shall be allowed to two modules at most; however, participants should review all of the module material, complete the exercise and review within the specified time frame.

Calendar and Topics

Module Theme Teacher Dates
I Introduction Deutsch March 22, 23 and 24, 2018
II Stationary and Software Manchuk May 24, 25 and 26, 2018
III Space Continuity Barnett July 26, 27 and 28, 2018
IV Kriging Deutsch Sept. 27, 28 and 29, 2018
V Parameter Inference Deutsch Nov. 22, 23 and 24, 2018
SAW Modeling of Categorical Variables Manchuk March 28, 29 and 30, 2019
VII Modeling of Continuous Variables Manchuk May 23, 24 and 25, 2019
VIII Multiple Variables Barnett July 25, 26 and 27, 2019
IX Geometallurgy and Geomechanics Barnett Sept. 26, 27 and 28, 2019
X Workflows for problem solving Deutsch Nov. 28, 29, and 30, 2019

Additional information on this and other courses that are taught in partnership with Maptek South America is available at the following link:

CCG Industry Courses

Short Course on Advanced Multivariate Geostatistics

This course covers essential theory and practice of advanced multivariate geostatistical modeling. This course builds on existing courses to cover advanced and emerging techniques for multivariate geostatistics. Selected CCG software is used for some hands-on exercises. The mornings are reserved for lecturing. The afternoons are a combination of lectures, hands-on exercises and demonstrations. The main topics include:

  1. Multivariate geostatistical model construction
    • Conventional cokriging and cosimulation, including the related Markov, Intrinsic and LMC coregionalization models
    • Linear decorrelation transforms, including PCA and MAF
    • Multivariate Gaussian distribution and the normal score transform
    • Multivariate Gaussian transformations, including the PPMT
    • Variable aggregation and re-expression, including logratios
  2. Multivariate classification, including discriminant and cluster analysis
  3. Multivariate prediction, including parametric and non-parametric regression
  4. Multivariate density estimation, including KDE and Gaussian mixture models
  5. Multivariate analysis with unequally sampled data, including cokriging and imputation
  6. Post-processing and model checking

CCG Industry Courses

Short Course on Characterization and Management of SAGD Reservoirs with Geostatistical and Optimization Techniques

The tools and techniques presented are not restricted to heavy oil reservoirs to be developed with variants of Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD), but the emphasis and examples are all drawn from this area of application. This four day course is appropriate for geoscientists at an introductory level that want an overview of specialized techniques or for geomodelers at an intermediate or advanced level who want details of the latest techniques applied to this important class of resource projects. Each participant will gain an appreciation for the application of modern geostatistical tools and techniques to characterize and manage SAGD reservoirs.

Current best practice geomodeling and geostatistics will be reviewed. SAGD-specific topics that will be covered include (1) 1-D processing of well data for autopicking of surfaces and calculation of effective resource/reserve summaries, (2) resource mapping with realistic uncertainty, (3) geomodeling of facies and petrophysical properties, (4) regridding of models for flow simulation and proxy modeling, (5) optimization (preplanning) of drainage areas and (6) proxy modeling for fast approximate prediction of dynamic flow response. Detailed documentation and all software will be provided with the class notes.

Information & Dates

CCG Industry Courses

Short Course on An Introduction to Advanced Geostatistics

Advanced geostatistical techniques are reviewed and taught at an introductory level. This is appropriate for geoscientists that have been introduced to basic or intermediate geomodeling and experienced geomodelers who want a refresher/update on the latest advanced techniques. Each participant will gain an appreciation for the application of modern geostatistical tools and techniques to model heterogeneity and quantify uncertainty. The place, limitations and assumptions of the different methods will be discussed.

Current best practice geomodeling will be reviewed. Techniques that are no longer recommended will be explained. Novel facies modeling including multi-training image multiple point statistics and event based modeling will be presented. This is particularly relevant for high resolution modeling of heavy oil reservoirs and for conventional reservoir modeling. Multivariate techniques for decorrelating data and aggregating multiple variables will be presented. These are particularly important for characterizing unconventional reservoirs and for integrating seismic data. The latest scaling and characterization techniques will be presented. This is useful for using image logs together with conventional well logs in heavy oil and conventional reservoir modeling.

Information & Dates for the Advanced Geostatistics Short Course

University Undergraduate and Graduate Geostatistics Courses

The following courses are available to registered University of Alberta students studying in the Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Mining and Petroleum Engineering. The following course descriptions are for information only; for more information and to register for the courses, please visit the University of Alberta website.

University of Alberta School of Mining and Petroleum Engineering

MIN E 310 – Ore Reserve Estimation

Conventional and geostatistical methods for construction of orebody models. Contouring techniques for mapping bounding surfaces of stratigraphic layers. Coordinate transforms and geometric techniques. Estimation and simulation methods for characterizing ore grade variability. Ore reserve classification, uncertainty assessment, mine selectivity, and grade control.

MIN E 612 – Principles of Geostatistics

Geostatistical methods are presented for characterizing the spatial distribution of regionalized variables. The theory of random variables and multivariate spatial distributions is developed. This class focuses on the quantification of spatial variability with variograms, estimation with kriging, and simulation with Gaussian techniques.

MIN E 613 – Non-Parametric and Multivariate Geostatistics

Cell based methods for geology modeling, including indicator formalism for categorical data and truncated Gaussian simulation. Object based and process-based approaches for fluvial reservoirs. Indicators for continuous variable estimation and simulation. Multivariate geostatistics including models of coregionalization, cokriging, Gaussian cosimulation, Markov-Bayes simulation and multivariate data transformation approaches. Introduction to advanced simulation approaches including direct simulation, simulated annealing and multiple point simulation. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MIN E 615 – Application of Geostatistics

Public domain and commercial software are reviewed for geostatistical modeling. Special projects in petroleum, mining, environmental and other areas will be undertaken.