Petroleum Geosciences > Monitoring Geologic CO2 Storage Sites – Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

About this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

Monitoring geological CO2 storage sites is a critical element of a CCS project and is required to gain emissions reduction credits and to ensure environmental protection. Monitoring is generally required over all phases of a project and throughout the entire stratigraphy from reservoir to surface. The choice of tools and approach is highly specific to site conditions, project goals and regulatory requirements with important technical nuances specific to CO2 storage.

This 3 half-day Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) course empowers participants to navigate the many requirements for gaining a permit for CO2 storage, to develop monitoring programs to attain permits and achieve long-term project success.

The participants will be guided through the lifecycle of a CO2 storage project with an emphasis on technical considerations, key concepts, processes, and workflows of the permitting process. Focus will be on providing applicable skills to real-world project development.

By the end of this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) course, the participants will be able to:

  • Describe why, how, and where monitoring is done
  • Delineate the different monitoring challenges of the various reservoir types (saline, depleted fields, EOR)
  • Outline the different goals and strategies for monitoring over the lifecycle of a project and within the different zones of a project area
  • Understand the elements of a permit and the various strategies for fulfilling regulatory requirements
  • Use risk assessment to aid in choosing monitoring strategies using an ALPMI method
  • Design a workflow and perform the key tasks for defining, developing and permitting a CCUS project, beginning with characterization, risk assessment, and monitoring for operational and post-operational phases

This VILT course is aimed at project developers, regulators, subsurface Oil and Gas professionals who are familiar with CCUS as a technology and would like to further develop their skills for CO2 storage project development. It is recommended specifically for:

  • Geologists, geophysicists, reservoir engineers and other technical subsurface professionals working in CCS who are interested in CO2 storage monitoring
  • Consultants in related fields who want to understand the nuances of CO2 storage monitoring
  • Professionals developing geologic storage for CCUS projects
  • Recent graduates in petroleum geoscience and reservoir engineering who want to develop skills in CCUS monitoring


  • Basic or Foundation

The VILT course will be delivered online in 3 half-day sessions comprising 4 hours per day, with 2 breaks of 10 minutes per day. Course Duration: 3 Half-Day Sessions, 4 Hours Per Session (12 Hours in total).

Your first expert course leader is a Senior Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the assessment of the effectiveness of subsurface geologic storage of CO2 to reduce atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions. She is the principle investigator of the Gulf Coast Carbon Center (, an industry / academic partnership that has been developing economically viable approaches to geologic CO2 sequestration since 1992. She was the project lead on the Frio I & II CO2 injection Pilots – the first highly monitored CO2 injection field experiment in the world which validated modelling approaches and monitoring techniques. Subsequent field projects included 6 major (> 1 MMT CO2) field injection projects. In 2019, she won the Greenman Award from the Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT) Conference, recognizing individuals who had made a significant contribution to the field of CO2 removal, storage, and utilization.

Your second expert course leader is a Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin. She is a geochemist who has developed and implemented environmental monitoring programs at several large-scale U.S. Department of Energy CCUS project sites. She led a response team of scientists to assess alleged leakage at the Kerr Farm near the Weyburn CO2 Storage project in Canada. She has collaborated on international projects in Canada, Australia, Japan and Norway and has developed an innovative method for environmental monitoring to satisfy regulatory environmental requirements for CCUS projects. She serves on multiple international CCUS Advisory boards and regularly informs global policy within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

To further optimise your learning experience from our courses, we also offer individualized “One to One” coaching support for 2 hours post training. We can help improve your competence in your chosen area of interest, based on your learning needs and available hours. This is a great opportunity to improve your capability and confidence in a particular area of expertise. It will be delivered over a secure video conference call by one of our senior trainers. They will work with you to create a tailor-made coaching program that will help you achieve your goals faster.
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