To understand a phenomena we need a mind model. If we are interested in deltas, this is a great mind model that you have probably already studied. It describes the range of possible deltas in terms of two main variables: Grain Size: Is the delta gravelly, sandy, silty of muddy? That depends on the river […]
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Communities of Practice – Learning to Le
How do you learn and who do you learn from? Perhaps you need a Community of Practice to accelerate your learning, but how do we get one going? I think we should start in the classroom. For more than a decade now I have been delivering courses to industry on subjects as diverse as Basin […]
Oil Industry Life Cycle- What, Why, How,...
Throughout my early career I struggled to understand where I fitted within the complex exploration and production industry. There were just so many specialist disciplines contributing to so many processes. It was bewildering. Years later I realised that the work I did in those early years as a service provider included a lot of elements […]
Google Earth Sedimentology
I have had great fun and learned so much sedimentology over the past few years simply by exploring Google Earth and asking “What is that?” and “What caused that?”. I then discovered that I could create a Google Map and save up all these locations I have discovered, and then share it. This is a […]
Geoscience Games and Virtual Field Trips
Greg Samways: March 2017 I have been dreaming of creating geoscience games for many years now, ever since I read “Reality is Broken” by Jane McGonigal. Here conclusion from studying World of Warcraft players was that they we hooked on the “game” because it was very well designed: clear objectives, clear paths to learn the skills […]
The Monterey Fan
By Emma Morris: March. 2017 The modern Monterey Fan is one of the largest turbidite systems located off the west coast of the United States and you can see it on Google Earth! It is a sand-rich system that has a radial shape (McHugh and Ryan, 2000) and is composed of ~600m (1969ft) of sediment […]
Organising Your Ideas: Developing Frame...
By Greg Samways; January 10th, 2017 The key to studying, understanding and learning is not just being able to find the information, but being able to organise it in your mind so that it is retrievable when you next need it. It is not sufficient to simply listen and “understand” what is being said or […]
It is so simple to be difficult, yet so ...
By Sumon Bhattacharyya This article first appeared on LinkedIn, July 2nd, 2016 Let me begin my blog quoting a well known Indian poet, Late Harindranath Chattopadhyay on simplicity… This is possibly one of the most philosophically challenging idea ever simplified by a poet… Understanding and explaining any complex problem using simple explanations is notoriously challenging. […]
Any intelligent fool can make things big...
By Sumon Bhattacharyya This article was first published on LinkedIn, July 4th, 2016 To follow the tradition, let me begin this article by quoting Ernst Friedrich “Fritz” Schumacher who was an internationally influential economic thinker, statistician and economist in Britain, serving as Chief Economic Advisor to the UK National Coal Board for two decades, who […]
Net-to-Gross: The most important yet mis...
By Sumon Battacharyya This article was first published on LinkedIn, January 6th, 2017 Happy New Year!!!! Let me begin by apologizing for the hiatus in writing about my understanding of geological models. So eventually after ignoring my survival instincts, I finally managed to put my act together and write something on a topic which all […]