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Core and Core Analysis (RES76)


    Core analysis provides direct engineering measurements of reservoir rock. Knowledge of these measurements and their limitations are essential for successful applications and incorporation in reservoir evaluation and simulation.
    Along with a review of the basic elements for core acquisition, preservation and sampling, participants will learn the fundamentals and advanced techniques for conventional and special core analyses. Presented are the guidelines for designing and evaluating the most applicable special core analysis program for a particular reservoir or reservoir management stage in field development. Included are supporting examples of core analysis for drilling and completions and production engineering along with examples for unconventional reservoirs and carbon capture and storage (CCS) field development.
    The course progresses from the measurement fundamentals to the essential evaluation and assessment of the laboratory results and onto the practical examples for reservoir reserves and simulation studies. It concludes with an introduction to digital rock models and applications of artificial intelligence (AI) to core analysis and formation evaluation.

    COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS: MS Office (Excel, Word and Powerpoint)
    Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops to class.

    Course Level: Skill
    Duration: 5 days
    Instructor: Jim Funk

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • A new or experienced reservoir engineer, petrophysicist or geologist tasked with planning, performing, monitoring and using special core analyses for reservoir description and recovery modelling

    How we build your confidence

    • With an engineering review of the fundamentals of special core analyses measurements you will learn the physics and mechanics of the process and techniques to evaluate and incorporate the experimental results.
    • You will gain experience through example measurements incorporated in petrophysical and displacement models for various lithologies.
    • The measurements are used and analysed by the participants as exercises.
    • Open-source software tools and packages are provided to assist with the exercises and for future use.

    The benefits from attending

    By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:
    • The essentials for planning, design and evaluation of a core analysis program along with the use and application of its results
    • Techniques to transform routine measurements to reservoir condition
    • How to evaluate and apply the essential measurements and results as critical elements for geo-cellular and reservoir simulation models


    Coring and Conventional Core Analyses
    • Coring and core handling
    • Conventional core analysis
    • Heterogeneity, quality control, Special Core Analysis laboratory (SCAL) sample selection

    Core Analyses for Static Reservoir Models and Reserves
    • Saturation measurements
    • Saturation distributions
    • Core/log integration

    Core Analyses for Dynamic Reservoir Models and Multi-phase Flow
    • Dynamic heterogeneity, scaling, and dimensionless numbers
    • Relative permeability
    • Core/log integration
    • Simulator input and examples

    Applied SCAL Methods and Techniques
    • Applications for drilling, completion, and production engineering
    • Applications for EOR and energy diversification
    • Applications for unconventional reservoirs
    • Applications for CCS, CCUS, and hydrogen storage

    Micro to Macro SCAL
    • Pore network models
    • AI applications to SCAL
    • Emerging techniques and review



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