Course Title :

Code 32500
Course Year 2nd year
Class day & Period
Credits 2
Lecture Form(s) Lecture
Language Japanese

Course Description

Through the understanding of natural resources that are integral to the development of our human society, a series of lectures is given to bring the fundamental knowledge in earth resources engineering, i.e., a synthetic research area composed of plural scientific fields such as geology, geophysics, civil engineering, environmental sciences, and the other engineering areas of mechanical, electrical, and material sciences.


Grading is based on the following shares: 20% for the attendance, reports, etc., and 80% for the final exam.

Course Goals

The acquisition of fundamental knowledge on earth resources engineering and its related engineering fields as a synthetic research areas being covered in this academic domain.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
General introduction to earth resources problems 1 The discussion is on how the earth resources engineering has developed after the industrial revolution in a chronological way with a special interest to the relations with earth sciences such as geology, geophysics, and many other engineering fields.
Deposit Geology 4 The following is discussed: 1) earth's history, generation of igneous and hydrothermal deposits, sedimentary deposit, diagenesis, and hydrocarbon deposits, 2) Conventional hydrocarbon deposits and the current development situation, 3) non-conventional hydrocarbon deposits and the current development situation, 4) Ore and mineral deposit science for iron, base metal, rare metal and nonmetallic resources and the current development situation.
Exploration Geophysics 3 Exploration geophysics for the development of hydrocarbon, metallic and mineral deposits is outlined. Fundamentals on exploration seismology, exploration electromagnetics, petrophysics and related fields are covered. The future direction of exploration methodologies is discussed, too.
Rock physics and mechanics 3 Rock mechanics necessary to the development of ore deposit, the storage of carbon dioxide (CCS), radioactive waste, underground oil stockpiling is outlined in the lecture. Foundamental knowledge on the stress and the strain of elastic materials, geopressure to subsurface artificial structure, deformation due to geopressure, and the failure of rocks and subsurface structures will be shared in the lectures.
Reservoir engineering 3 The importance to understand subsurface porous flow through permeable rocks is discussed in terms of the following applications: the production of fluid resources, carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS), storage of radioactive waste, underground stockpile of oil, etc. The understanding on important parameters of fluid saturation, permeability, etc. that are related to subsurface porous flow will be matured for the application of reservoir management, coal bed methane and CCS to utilize permeable nature of rocks.


None specified.


Lecturer for each theme may specify supplemental textbooks if necessary.


Preferred students are whom has taken "Resources and Energy" in the first semester of the sophomore grade.

Lecturer for each theme may specify the title of reports in the lecture.

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