Re: E&P Geological report writing standards
Good question, as I often see a lot of incomplete and bad reports.
I general a report should have:
-A title page and a contents page, usually followed by a list of figures and tables.
-A ‘summary’ or ‘abstract’ should be given at the beginning of the report. Along with sometimes people will give the ‘keywords’ as a quick reference to the report and its various subjects.
-The pages of the report should be numbered with arabic numerals, while the contents page(s) can be numbered with roman numerals. Pages with odd numbers should appear as right-hand side pages.
-In the case of appendices, each appendix should be given its own separate page-numbering. In larger reports, each new chapter or appendix should preferably start on a right-hand page. Each page in the report should carry the report number and the classification ‘Confidential’. On the appendix pages, the appendix number should also be present.
-The introduction should be the first chapter of the report, stating area, material, data and methods used. A ‘key map’ showing the situation of the area covered by the report can be given, e.g. on the inside front cover opposite the title page.
-Enclosures (drawings, plots) should carry a title block in the bottom right-hand corner. They should be marked with a drawing and/or serial number, and with the date and number of the report.
-On maps, geographical and grid co-ordinates should always be shown. In addition the projection system used, all defining parameters and datum should be indicated (see section 3.1). A reference length should also be drawn on the map to allow for shrinkage (e.g. a bar scale). Where appropriate, the enclosure should also carry a key map showing the area covered by the report and the enclosure.
Hope this gives you some guidance.. Good luck!