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ONLINE: Integrated Petrophysics for Carbonate & Fractured Reservoirs - A Roadmap (PPH903)

  • To be announced for 2022


This is the VILT condensed version of the IPCFR carbonates course. This course presents the Complete Recipe for Carbonate & Fracture petrophysical evaluation, detailing a process adopted and used successfully by numerous operators.
The course sets out a systematic plan of action for petrophysical data acquisition, from drilling to well tests, highlighting the problems and explaining the solutions. All data is ranked and located carefully in the workflow, from drilling and LWD to logs, well tests and hi-tech logs. The process provides a robust set of results and a secure basis for decisions for any carbonate reservoir. Log analysis Failure Points are listed and tied back to the diverse physical characteristics of Carbonates. How to Drill, Core, Log and Test specifically to address these Failure Points is then explained. Drilling data, core, SCAL, logs, LithoScanner, NMR, Dielectric, Sigma, Acoustic, Image-logs and MDTs are jigsaw puzzled together to create the definitive set of results for any given carbonate reservoir data set.

IPCFR VILT provides a wide array of delivery mechanisms to build a thorough understanding and documented process to properly evaluate carbonate and fracture wells and reservoirs.

IPCFR, introduced in 2004 and presented over 80 times worldwide, has become a benchmark for mainstream carbonate petrophysics by its focus on real-world carbonate petrophysical issues in an holistic, practical and straightforward manner.

Course Structure:
  • 5 modules of 4 hours each, delivered over 5 days
  • Optional: Pre-course self-learning module
  • Optional: Post-course self learning module incl. Q&A opportunity

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

Designed for you, if you are...

  • A petrophysicist, geologist, operation geologist, structural geologist, geo-modeller, reservoir engineer, well test engineer or core analyst, who uses or creates petrophysical results for carbonate or 'complex' reservoirs

Basic principles are reviewed; however a year’s experience in formation evaluation is desirable.

Ensure your laptop is loaded with the provided Self Learning modules.
Course content can be adapted to meet the participants' requirements.

How we build your confidence

All ‘Integrated Petrophysics’ VILT courses have five components to expand and maximise the course content delivery. Content is varied and stimulating and includes short focused instructor videos; course notes extracts; micro-practicals, cornerstone 4 hour daily VILT sessions; before and after self-learning modules; Question & Answer sessions; industry videos, exercises; comprehensive Petrophysical Toolbox; Petro DB extracts; HPV sensitivities; How to demos; Quizzes & Answers

1) Pre Self-Learning module (20%) with a 1-hour live Q&A session before the main VILT
2) Cornerstone VILT: 4 hours of VILT lectures for 5 consecutive days (60%)
- The first 15 minutes of EACH DAY: Recap and Questions session
- The first 5 minutes of EACH HOUR: Questions and feedback
3) Post Self-Learning module (20%) with a 1-hour live Q&A session after one week
4) Instructor is available online for 1 hour extra at the end of the main VILT session for questions & open discussion
5) Instructor is available to answer 1-on-1 emailed questions or possible phone/skype calls for one week after the last VILT session (during Post Self-Learning module)

Before and After Self-Learning Modules
These modules are an important extra component of the course:
  • Pre is designed to focus and prepare you for the main VILT session
  • Post allows you to practise and quiz yourselves and the instructor before closing out the course

The benefits from attending

  • The course provides a much-needed systematic process for staff faced with the daunting prospect of managing Carbonate and complex reservoirs.
  • Non-petrophysicists will learn how to quickly review geo-model input using the author’s “Greenlists”.


  • How Carbonate physical characteristics impact 1) reservoir properties 2) reservoir measurements
  • Carbonate & fracture reservoir classifications: Lucia, Nelson, Aguilera
  • Total porosity + clays vs total porosity + pore geometry. What to do
  • How to use data and equations intelligently. Understanding Data Redundancy, Hierarchy and Equation Inversion
  • Extreme pores, vugs, fractures and oil wetness: how to recognise and treat them
  • Misleading data, useful data, powerful data. Carbonate & Fracture database essentials
  • Impact of common errors on results
  • How to critically review complex petrophysical results with Greenlists - the tests to apply
  • Reservoir rock types, PetroDB, Sigma & Dielectric logs, cap. pressure, FZI, R35, rock typing, core Sw, which Sw, NMR porosity bins, Carbonate permeability models, sonic logs, stress, fracture quantification
  • How to derive reservoir rock type equation sets and apply them with modern logs
  • Carbonate petrophysics to geo-model essentials
  • Morning Recaps. Do this, Don’t do that! PetroDB-Vault demos

OPTIONAL: Before and After Self Learning modules:
  • Excel Petrophysical Toolbox: 100+ eqns, PetroDB extracts, Vuggy Carbonate QL LAS evaluator, PetroDB-WEB extracts, QL Sigma, HPV Sensitivities and calculators for Fracture Probability and Fracture Ø & HPV
  • Exercises: QL saturation height look up table, Lucia’s default k & Sw’s, Carbonate v Clastic log responses for given {por-Sw-k}, How to use Capillary Pressure Data (incl. J function), Carbonate QL evaluation
  • Course notes
  • Micro-practicals
  • Short focused Instructor videos
  • How to demos
  • Quizzes and Answers
  • Key industry videos

Customer Feedback

"Fantastic, well organised course. I will be able to use what I have learnt when I return to work. Great plotting techniques, spreadsheets with formulas are excellent." - Geoscience Team Lead at Vermillion

"Very useful & practical course, will be put to immediate use." - Petrophysicist at Idemitsu Petroleum

"It explains perfectly how a petrophysicist should work to deliver the best output to geologic model & reservoir simulation." - Petrophysicist at Qatar Petroleum

"Topic very interesting, good delivery and plenty of experience from instructor." - Petrophysicist at Tullow

"Topic organisation is excellent, helps us to see from helicopter view then go into detail." - Engineer at SKK Migas

"Instructor was fantastic. The course slides were very useful and well presented. This was one of the best courses I have ever taken." - Petroleum Engineer at BG Group




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