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Integrated Petrophysics for Reservoir Characterisation (PPH02)


    This course will teach you how to evaluate reservoirs and quickly identify flawed results.
    Robust reserves and simulation are achieved by the logical, systematic integration of all relevant data. A quality interpretation is extremely cost-effective compared with data acquisition or development mistakes and essential with today’s complex reservoirs and data sets.
    Integration will often replace the need to run expensive, irrelevant logs, explain apparent data conflicts and provide the correct answer faster, strengthening your position as an operator. By contrast, stand-alone log analysis often results in wrong decisions and weakens your technical position in the eyes of your partners.
    This course, evolved over 25 years of petrophysical consulting and lectures, demonstrates how robust answers are achieved by the logical integration of diverse data.

    Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops to class.

    Course Level: Skill
    Duration: 5 days
    Instructor: Mark Deakin

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • A petrophysicist, geologist of any discipline, reservoir engineer, geophysicist, core analyst or someone with a year’s experience with logs or formation evaluation

    How we build your confidence

    • This course is a condensed package of powerful integration techniques. It uses an interleaved sequence of lectures, micro-practicals, interactive Petrophysics & Geolog demos, movies and workshops to convey a flexible and very powerful petrophysical methodology. Its comprehensive manual and petrophysical toolbox provide a lasting benefit to the novice and experienced student alike.
    • Basic economics are addressed first by Quick Look log analysis for operations and then by a disciplined, logical process to optimize the interpretation of Porosity, Saturation, Permeability and Fluid Contacts – the basis of reserves.
    • Low contrast low resistivity pay, clastics and carbonates are evaluated by straight forward integration techniques which outperform log analysis with direct, plain to see results.
    • The integration of LWD, wireline, facies, SCAL, MDTs etc is explained via the author’s ‘PetroDB-Vault’ software with the final, crucial Petrophysics-Geomodel checks clearly set out.

    The benefits from attending

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

    • The essential nature of petrophysics: its objectives, data and uncertainties
    • How to get the best possible answers from any given data set
    • How to perform Quick Look log analysis and essential core-log integration in Excel spreadsheets with key equations
    • How to review petrophysical studies effectively & quickly identify flawed results using a clear sequence of logical checks
    • How to identify and extract the key data channels from modern hi-tech logs which, when integrated with core, logs and well tests, will answer the questions your team is asking
    • What really matters from the increasingly complex barrage of modern petrophysical data
    • How to drill, core, log and test for clear formation evaluation results
    • How to avoid the 10 most common errors which ruin petrophysical results
    • How to use interactive software to reveal how your data works together and impacts results


    • Petrophysical objectives. Physics vs. petrophysics. Concepts of data hierarchy and calibrations
    • Quick Look operations log analysis. Logging tool review. Vshale & lithology; complex lithology
    • Porosity: Total or effective? Gas zones and complex lithologies; calibrating porosity
    • Sw100 zones and Rwa’s: Their derivation and effective use
    • Sw: Improving the inputs which really matter: Rt/Ro, Rw, m, n, Sw: OBM/WBM core; capillary pressure; magnetic resonance; facies and wettability defined, explained and integrated. Calibrating Sw
    • Shaly sands: Definition & Explanation. Integrating resistivity & non-resistivity data; FMI/NMR/Pc, WaxmanSmits Qv, m*, n* with or without core
    • Fluid contacts and capillary pressure: Using MDTs effectively. Distinguishing the mobile phase
    • The RockType Master Equation: What is it? How do I use it?
    • Permeability: Rock-types; NMR; conventional log quick-look k; bound fluid volume; Timur-Coates permeability; relative effective kwtr koil kgas & SwP10, P90 sensitivity; calibrating k with well test kh; correct permeability simulation input
    • Netpay: What is netpay? Definition, proper criteria and evaluation
    • Key recommendations for mud, drilling, logs, core analysis, Sw & k evaluation
    • 10 common systematic errors which ruin geological models
    • Daily interactive petrophysics and / or geolog demos
    • Excel petrophysical toolbox: All workshops, Swpc:n calibration, Shaly Sand QL LAS evaluator, 100+ Eqns, PetroDB-Vault extracts, HPV sensitivities

    Customer Feedback

    "Clear organised content. Relevant and practical information." - Petrophysicist at Daleel

    "Very well prepared, lots of examples from experience." - Petrophysicist at INA

    "I liked the practicality of methods; it made me see things from different perspectives." - Sr. Petrophysicist at Expert Petroleum Solutions

    "Inspiring instructor, very engaged. Learned a lot, liked the practicals." - Geologist at Aker BP

    "The information given is highly valuable for my job." - Petrophysicist at Neptune Energy

    "This is the best Petrophysics course ever!" - Sr. Petrophysicist at CC Energy Development

    "Great overview but also in depth. Good applied practical approach." - Geophysicist at GDF SUEZ

    "Mark explains difficult concepts effectively and makes it easy to understand. I am glad that I choose this course!" - Geologist at ADCO



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