Avalon Training Courses (ATC)

ASL understands the diverse set of skills required for providing an effective borehole seismic service.
We can tailor our training courses appropriately to meet the needs of the seismic field engineer, technical/ electrical maintenance engineer. In addition, we provide a more general industry overview and well-deployment experience to business development/administrative staff and engineering/geoscience undergraduates.

Consultancy and Support

Avalon is able to facilitate the training of a wide range of modules ranging from tool maintenance to seismic acquisition and rig-side processing. All of this is delivered through employing a team of experienced field engineers, geoscientists and electronic technicians all based at our brand new research centre in Somerton, UK. The facility boasts state of the art labs, workshops, training rooms and even a shallow test borehole and source pit for well deployment training. In addition to UK based training, we can send a trainer to your location and provide onsite instruction.

How to find us

More complex well deployment can be delivered through training at our new Borehole Seismic Test Facility in Cornwall, UK.

Prerequisites
  • Our courses can be targeted to either the experienced engineer requiring refresher training or to staff new to the industry. We would encourage groups to be of similar experience to allow best differentiation of learning. Trainee Group Sizes (2-6).
  • The only prerequisite is a willingness to embrace both the classroom and practical theory.
  • The courses are delivered in English. However we can assist with arranging translation services if required.
  • Accommodation is available on location in Somerton, UK for groups sizes up to 6. Lunch is also provided.
  • We recommend trainees bring a laptop PC for classroom theory.
  • Health and Safety – All course tasks are risk assessed and take place in a safe environment. All PPE items are provided, although we advise trainees to bring their own protective footware to ensure maximum comfort.
ATC 1 - Downhole Maintenance Course

Class Room TheoryPractical - Mechanical Maintenance

This course is targeted at field maintenance crew who wish to be able to perform routine and major mechanical and wiring maintenance of ASL downhole products.

ATC 1 Avalon Maintenance Course
Time Required: 5 Days for coverage of 1 complete tool system (6 Trainees Max)
  + 2 days per additional alternative tool system
  3 Days for Analogue System Only
Core Modules: M. 1.0 Introduction to your downhole system (Geochain/Slim/EHP)
  M. 2.0 Downhole System Routine Maintenance
  M. 3.0 Downhole System Major Maintenance
  M. 6.0 ACQ Acquisition Software for Testing Purposes
 
 Optional Modules:
M. 4.0 Ancillary Tool Maintenance inc. Gamma, X-Over & TCU (Optional + 1 Day)
Comments:
ATC 2 - Field Engineer Course

Class Room TheoryPractical - Mechanical MaintenanceWell Deployment PracticalSeismic Data Acquisition/Analysis

This course is targeted at Seismic Engineer crew who wish to be able to perform downhole seismic acquisition, tool diagnostics and rig-side QC processing using Avalon equipment and software.

ATC 2 Avalon Field Engineer Course
Time Required: 5 Days for coverage of 1 complete tool system (6 Trainees Max)
  + 2 days per additional alternative tool system
  3 Days for Analogue System Only
Core Modules: M. 1.0 Introduction to your downhole system (Geochain/Slim/EHP)
  M. 2.0 Downhole System Routine Maintenance
  M. 6.0 ACQ Acquisition Software for Test & M.6.1 ACQ Acquisition Software for Data Acquisition
  M. 7.0 Practical – Well Operations, Shooting a real impulsive source ZVSP either in Somerton Test Well or a more complex VSP at ASL Borehole Test Facility* (Vibroseis also available here).
 Optional Modules:
M. 3.0 Downhole System Major Maintenance (Optional +2 days)
  M. 4.0 Ancillary Tool  Maintenance (Optional +1 Day)

M. 8.0 VSP Pre-Processing Fundamentals using VSProwess (Optional +1 Day)

 Comments: *Subject to availability of ASL Borehole test facility (Allow extra 0.5 Day for travel to test site). Onsite Test well at HQ can always be used for a simple ZVSP using local airgun.
ATC 3 - Avalon Seismic Short Course

Class Room TheoryWell Deployment PracticalSeismic Data Acquisition/Analysis

This course is targeted at trainees who may wish to have a general appraisal of our downhole tool systems or borehole seismic theory in general. This can be a great tool for your management/sales/administrative staff as well as graduate/new technical staff.

ATC 3 Avalon Borehole Seismic Short Course
Time Required: 2 Days (6 Trainees Max)
Modules: M. 0 Introduction to Borehole Seismic Acquisition
M. 6.2S ACQ Acquisition Software for Data Acquisition & Simulating a VSP (simplified).
M. 7.0S Practical – Shooting a real checkshot/ZVSP survey in Somerton Shallow Test Well using an analogue tool system and local airgun.
Comments:  Prerequisite – Science Degree / 1+ Years Industry Experience
ATC 4- Borehole Seismic Acquisition for Geoscientists

Class Room TheoryWell Deployment PracticalSeismic Data Acquisition/Analysis

This course is targeted at Geoscience/Engineer trainees who may wish to have a general appraisal of our downhole tool systems, borehole seismic theory, and well deployment.

ATC 4 Avalon Borehole Seismic Short Course
Time Required: 2 Days (6 Trainees Max)
Modules: M. 0- Introduction to Borehole Seismic Acquisition VSP and uSeismic
M. 6.2- ACQ Acquisition Software for Data Acquisition & Simulating a range of VSP’s.
M. 7.0- Practical – Well Operations, Shooting a real impulsive source ZVSP either in Somerton Test Well or a more complex VSP at ASL Borehole Test Facility* (Vibroseis also available here).
M. 8- Simple VSP Processing Fundamentals using VSProwess Software

* Please allow +1 Day if using Cornwall Borehole Test Facility

ATC 5 - Advanced Electronic Maintenance Course
Class Room TheoryPractical - Electrical Maintenance

This course is aimed at electronic engineers whom wish to carry out a full maintenance on the electronic module components of Geochain HP/EHP and Geochain Slim tools.

ATC 5 Advanced Electronic Maintenance Course
Time Required: 3 Days (4 Trainees Max)
Modules: 5.1 Inspection and Diagnosis of Geochain Digital Modules inc. Open & Re-flask.
  5.2 Advanced Internal Maintenance – Advanced Inspection, TEC, Heatsink, PSU and flask replacement. Inc. VRS diagnostics and repair.
Prerequisite: Training can only be completed by competent electronic technician/engineers in a suitable ESD lab environment.
Comments: Please allow +1 day if Slim system electronic maintenance also required.

 

ATC 7 - Undergraduate Seismic Short Course
Class Room Theory

This course is targeted at undergraduate Geoscience students who wish to gain an appraisal of the role of seismic exploration within the Oil and Gas E&P industry.

ATC 7 Undergraduate Seismic Short Course
Time Required: 1 Day  ~09:00-17:00 (6 Trainees Max)
Location: ASL HQ – Avalon House,  Somerton Somerset – TA11 6SB
Modules:
 ATC 7.1 Foundation Seismic Exploration Principles with specific reference to borehole seismic application in subsurface exploration and monitoring.
ATC 7.2 Simulation of a simple VSP  using industry standard ACQ acquisition software.
 Lunch Provided by ASL
 ATC 7.3 Practical – Field deployment of multilevel seismic tool string in to test well. Shooting and recording Zero Offset VSP using rig source sleeve gun.
 ATC 7.4 Basic overview of the ZVSP processing steps. Students process a real dataset down to common depth point (CDP) transform corridor stack and inversion – using VSProwess Software.
Training Datasheets