APPLIED PETROPHYSICS – Introductory Course

Lecturer: The course will be delivered by course instructor Andy Mills. Whereas the course can be delivered by one person it is beneficial to have a second instructor available in the classroom to help during class exercises, particularly for large classes.

Course description: This course is designed as an entry to intermediate level petrophysics course, best suited to geoscientists, engineers and junior petrophysicists, seeking to have a working knowledge of the operation of quadcombo logging tools and the interpretation of their data.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • identify clastic and carbonate lithologies
  • identify and discriminate hydrocarbon fluid types from water
  • calculate reservoir parameters such as porosity, water saturation, shale volume
  • calculate net reservoir
  • perform a basic petrophysical workflow in Excel

The course is computer based, with most exercises performed in MS Excel. One laptop or desktop computer between two participants is optimal. A basic knowledge of Excel is assumed.

Course Structure: Rather than swamping participants with too much Petrophysical theory, this course has been structured with an aim of providing participants with a working knowledge of how to perform a quicklook petrophysical evaluation. This is achieved through focusing on understanding the operation of a fundamental logging suite followed by multiple exercises to consolidate that knowledge, building a petrophysical model as the course progresses. ( Exercises comprise about 50% of course time.)

Course Duration:  The complete Introductory course is designed to deliver fundamental modules in a classroom environment in 5 x 8-hour days. (Approximately 6 days would be required to cover all currently available modules and associated exercises.) [However, when delivery becomes available online using voice over audio powerpoint presentations, the course material will be accessable at the discretion of participants].

Course Materials: Participants will receive a digital PDF copy of all course lecture materials and exercise solutions in either Excel or hardcopy format.