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Fundamentals of Reservoir Development Geology (GEO46)

    Description

    Modern reservoir modelling uses 3D computer techniques which may be used to construct large and complex models. This course, set at basic or cross-over level, focuses on principles which the geologist should not lose sight of, regardless of the computing power now available.

    Course Level: Basic
    Instructor: John H. Martin

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • A reservoir or petroleum engineer, who wishes to learn how geological insight can improve understanding of the reservoir
    • A geologist or geophysicist new to production geoscience work, who wants a greater insight into the work of the reservoir engineer and how to tailor the results of geological studies into a format most useful to the requirements of field development planning

    • The specific content may be varied to suit your needs and your level of experience.

    How we build your confidence

    • Exercises and demonstrations comprise approximately 20% of the course; including:
      - Scales of investigation of logs, cores and well tests in relation to reservoir heterogeneities
      - Well correlation and mapping techniques
      - Plotting and averaging methods for permeability data, prediction of permeability
      - Use of pressure data in determining fluid contacts and reservoir compartmentation
      - Capillary pressures and the concept of Free Water Level
      - Reservoir layering: design of simulation model input from geological data

    The benefits from attending

    By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:

    • The principles of effective field evaluation for development studies, ranging from appraisal to engineered recovery operations
    • The controls that geological heterogeneities exert on subsurface fluid flow and how an understanding of reservoir characteristics will improve the reliability of geological and reservoir engineering studies
    • The importance of effective data gathering
    • The requirements for all static and dynamic reservoir data to be integrated into a model

    Topics

    • Introduction to reservoir modelling
      - Reservoir / development geology
      - The petroleum engineering environment - study requirements for field appraisal, development and engineered recovery projects
      - Data sources - review of geological, geophysical, engineering and petrophysical data
    • Geological models
      - Core description for reservoir studies
      - Basic reservoir rock properties and application of special core measurements
      - Clastic reservoir models; reservoir aspects of clastic diagenesis
      - Carbonate reservoir models and diagenesis
      - Production and reservoir geological correlation, subsurface data manipulation, reservoir mapping, volumetrics
    • Integrated models
      - Geological aspects of reservoir simulation modelling; types of simulation models (e.g. single well, cross-section, full field): their objectives, strengths and weaknesses, differing input requirements
      - Evaluation of complex reservoirs: non - conventional modelling of uncorrelatable reservoirs and permeability barriers
      - Case studies of field appraisal, development and enhanced recovery operations


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