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Basics of Geology, Geophysics & Petrophysics for Engineers and Other Disciplines

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Course overview

This course covers basic concepts, principles and applications of geology, geophysics and petrophysics as applied today in the E&P business at an awareness to knowledge level. This course, available in 3 or 5 day forms, provides an overview treatment of the role of Geoscience in exploration, exploitation design and production of hydrocarbon resources. This course focuses especially on what in geology, geophysics and petrophysics is important to drilling, production and reservoir engineers and others who work on or with integrated E&P teams in today’s industry environment. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental principles, business value and practical applications of Geoscience disciplines not detailed theory, using case histories and examples/exercises as appropriate. This course can be customized for specific needs of clients.

The course is designed for

Business professionals other than Geoscientists in the Oil & Gas Industry, who wish to understand the principles of the main Geoscience disciplines, and their applications in today’s E&P industry. The course is also appropriate Geoscience new hires. Attendees should have already completed a Basic Introduction to E&P Industry.

Course outline


Introduction: history - modern logging - key determinations

Basics of Logging: the wireline method - resolution - tool conveyance methods - logging while drilling

Logging Tools and Measurements: lithology tools - resistivity tools - porosity tools

Reservoir Parameters: porosity, saturation and permeability - lithology - invasion - the effect of shale

Log Interpretation: workflow - determination of reservoir boundaries - shale corrections - calculation of porosity and saturation – cross plots

Mud Logging: description of method - cuttings sample description - the mud log - overpressure and "d" exponent

Coring and Core Analysis: coring methods (whole and sidewall) - core handling and preparation - core-log integration

Basics of Geomechanics: impact in the oilfield lifecycle - mechanical earth models - wellbore stability and fracturing

Exercises, Case Histories and videos as applicable


Introduction: Geology and exploration - history and economics of petroleum - reserves and the reservoir lifecycle

Geology in general: Geological principles - earth structure and plate tectonics - geological time - major rock types

The Petroleum System: elements - processes of hydrocarbon generation - source rocks - traps - seals - timing

Structural Features: structural style and stress fields - folds - faults - fractures - unconformities - structural hydrocarbon traps

Depositional Systems: clastic systems (aeolian, fluvial, deltaic, marine) - carbonate systems (reefs, platforms) - differences

Pore Systems: characterization - porosity - permeability - diagenesis - clay types and distributions - effective porosity types

Geological Mapping and Correlation: mapping and contouring concepts - structural and stratigraphic sections - correlation

Geological Modeling: building the static reservoir model - datatypes - heterogeneity and scale - modeling types

Unconventional Resources: Shale as a source and reservoir rock - Unconventional gas and oil - Types, definitions, key differences from conventional reservoirs

The Business of Geology: Exploration plays - reserves and risk – Appraisal methods-Role in FDP’s-development economics

Exercises, Case Histories, and videos as applicable.


Introduction: - the seismic business – overall geophysical methods - what concerns us about geophysical/ seismic applications

Basic Principles: the seismic method - seismic records (shot, gather, and stack) - acquisition & processing - seismic waves

Marine Seismic Acquisition: equipment - source and receivers - steering and positioning - acquisition types

Land Seismic Acquisition: equipment - source and receivers - land survey planning - new technologies

Data Processing: signal and noise - multiples and regularization - stacking the records - imaging and migration

Exercises, Case Histories and videos as applicable

Seismic Interpretation : 2D, 3D, and 4D-structural, stratigraphic and quantitative methods - structure and faults - mapping and stratigraphy - seismic attributes and inversion

Borehole Seismic: acquisition methods - VSP - merging with surface seismic - correlating with wireline logs

Life of Field Seismic: contribution to improved recovery - reservoir management - examples at each lifecycle phase

Exercises, Case Histories and videos as applicable


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