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Advanced Petrophysics and Formation Evaluation

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Course overview

The main emphasis during the course is on practical application rather than extensive discussion around the theoretical background.

The importance of the interaction between seismology, geology, petrophysics and reservoir engineering will be emphasised and illustrated.

All of the topics covered will be accompanied by a relevant exercise, which will be carried out using pre-programmed Excel spreadsheets that mimic the functionality of commercial log interpretation software. All participants will need to provide their own laptop with Excel (v2010 or later).

The course is designed for:

The course is primarily intended for junior petrophysical staff to augment the skills that they should have already acquired during basic training. The course is also suitable for participants from other disciplines, who wish to have more insight into more advanced petrophysical analysis methods. Such participants should be familiar with basic petrophysical principles and will typically have 2 to 5 years or more working experience in a geoscience or reservoir engineering function.

  • Exploration Geologists
  • Production Geologists
  • Well-site Geologists
  • Operations Geologists
  • Well Data Managers
  • Geophysicists
  • Petrophysicists
  • Geotechnicians
  • Others who use log data on a daily basis

Learning objectives

  • To undergo a basic review of the logging tools as well as the measurements made by the logging tools, and the transformation of the measured data into useful reservoir parameters such as Porosity, Permeability, and Water saturation for hydrocarbon reserves estimations
  • To understand the link and/or relation between Petrophysics and seismic interpretation, seismic reservoir characterisation and static reservoir modelling

Course outline


Petrophysical support for geothermal projects, tight gas reservoirs and shale oil/gas projects

Coring and core analysis techniques

Coring and core investigations
Core-to-log data integration
RCAL and SCAL methods

Wireline formation testing

Pressure test methods and analysis
Fluid sample analysis

Shaly sand interpretation methods

Clastic reservoir geology and clay types
Effective porosity systems using Simandoux and Indonesian equations

Review of logging tools and evaluation methods

Fundamentals of Formation Evaluation
The borehole and its environment
Gamma ray and Spontaneous Potential logs
Nuclear and sonic porosity tools
Resistivity measurement tools
Imaging methods
LWD and MWD techniques

Basic interpretation methods

Picket Plots
Volume of shale (Vsh) & volume of clay (Vcl) from gamma ray and density/neutron logs
Effective and total porosity
Visual quick-look interpretation of different formations and pore fill
Shaly sand analysis for total porosity systems using Waxman Smits, Dual Water and Juhasz equations
Hydrocarbon differentiation methods
Thin-bed laminated systems evaluation
Cut-off criteria

Capillary pressure and saturation height functions

Capillary pressure principles
Measurement methods
Conversion from laboratory to reservoir
Saturation height functions and reservoir simulation

Permeability prediction methods

Permeability prediction (including NMR logging) Statistical considerations
Uncertainty analysis

Carbonate systems and probabilistic methods

Carbonate reservoir geology and rock types
Probabilistic interpretation methods

Wellbore seismic applications

Time to depth conversion
Single well synthetics
Seismic reservoir characterization for reservoir modelling


Location Start Date End Date Cost Trainer Book
Upon request     £2,950 Peter Betts Make enquiry

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