D525 Petrophysics Uncovered: a Helpful Guide to Understanding Petrophysics

Event Facts

Date:
  • 11 May. 2021
  • 12 May. 2021
Times:
Half-day sessions, starting in the mornings for the Americas and afternoons for Europe, Africa and Middle East. Any variation to this will be communicated in advance.
Event Code:
D525a21VC
Sessions:
2 sessions
Instructors:
Mike Lovell
Location:
Virtual
Booking Status:
Good Availability
Fee:
GBP £715 (Exclusive of tax)
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Course Facts

Course Code:
D525
Duration:
1 days
Type:
Virtual Classroom
CEU:
0.8 Continuing Education Units
PDH:
8 Professional Development Hours
Certificate:
Certificate Issued Upon Completion

Summary

Business Impact: The course is designed to enable better communication across multidisciplinary teams, including support staff, through improved understanding of petrophysical properties and concepts, thus reducing the likelihood of misunderstanding or unwarranted confusion.

This brief course is intended for the non-specialist. The aim is to explore at an introductory level the role of petrophysics in subsurface exploration and development and to gain an awareness of the importance of petrophysics in subsurface workflows. The focus is on the terminology and vocabulary used by petrophysicists and the course provides a simple overview of how petrophysical properties are determined.

Duration and Training Method

A virtual classroom divided into 2 three-hour webinar sessions over one or two days (equivalent to a one-day classroom course) comprising lectures and interactive discussions.

Participants will learn to:
  1. Understand the development of petrophysics within the context of the hydrocarbon industry.
  2. Appreciate at an elementary level the processes by which hydrocarbons are generated and how they accumulate, and how this impacts petrophysical analysis.
  3. Understand the key petrophysical parameters in the static estimation of hydrocarbon volumes, and appreciate how we obtain petrophysical estimates of porosity, saturation, and net to gross.
  4. Appreciate the importance and complexity of permeability.
  5. Understand how core, downhole logs, and pressure data can provide an integrated petrophysical interpretation.
  6. Appreciate the problems involved in scaling petrophysical properties.

This brief course explores at an introductory level the role of petrophysics in subsurface exploration and reservoir characterization. The course is designed to enable better communication across multidisciplinary teams, including support staff, through improved understanding of petrophysical properties and concepts.

The focus is on the terminology and vocabulary used by petrophysicists, and provides an overview of how petrophysical properties are determined. The course provides the historical and spatial context within which petrophysics exists before exploring how petrophysics contributes to determining the volume of hydrocarbons in place.

The course describes in simple terms how porosity, saturation, net to gross, and permeability are determined, how core logs and pressure data can be integrated, and how variations in the scale of measurement in describing the reservoir are important.

Topic 1

A brief history of the development of petrophysics. Hydrocarbon generation and accumulation and its relevance to petrophysical analysis.

Topic 2

The hydrocarbon initially in place equation: petrophysical parameters - porosity, water saturation & net to gross.

Topic 3

Estimation of the petrophysical parameters porosity, water saturation and net to gross.

Topic 4

Permeability and fluid flow: principles and measurement.

Topic 5

Integrating petrophysical data: core, downhole logs and pressure data.

Topic 6

Scaling petrophysical properties; core, log and reservoir scales.

Who should attend

Anyone who could benefit from an overarching awareness of petrophysics. Geotechs, early career geoscientists, support staff, or team leaders or managers looking for an introductory refresher course.

Prerequisites and linking courses

There are no prerequisites. This is a short introductory course that provides an awareness of petrophysics. It does not go into lots of petrophysical detail or provide hands-on exercises for analysis.

Several linking courses provide opportunities for exploring petrophysical applications in detail with hand-on exercises such as N003 (Geological Interpretation of Well Logs), N083 (Petrophysics and Formation Evaluation: Principles and Practice), N054 (Skilled Petrophysical Methods for Conventional Reservoirs), and N187 (Low Resistivity Low Contrast Pay).

Mike Lovell

Background
Mike’s research has focused on the physical properties of rocks and their interdependence, utilizing both laboratory measurements on core and downhole measurements in assessing reservoir and repository properties, as well as investigating novel applications of electrical and acoustic measurements. Current petrophysics projects are funded by government, charities and industry, and include both conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon reservoirs (hydrates, coalbed methane, and shale gas). Mike’s research spans both industry and academia. Mike is a former Vice President of SPWLA, SPWLA Distinguished Speaker, and SPWLA Distinguished Service Award holder.  He has been chair of the Scientific Technology Panel for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, is a member of the Natural Environment Research Council’s Science Advisory Panel on ocean drilling, and is currently Vice President of the SPWLA Foundation. In addition he chairs the Committee of Heads of University Geoscience Departments in the UK, and is an editorial board member for Petroleum Geoscience and for Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A. Mike has edited 7 books and published over 150 papers.

Mike teaches undergraduate university classes with emphasis on physical properties of rocks at different scales, including Reservoir Geoscience and Petroleum Reservoir Petrophysics. He also teaches both classroom based and field based petrophysics courses for industry.

Affiliations and Accreditation
PhD Physical Properties of Marine Sediments
MSc Wales - Marine Geotechnics
BSc Readings- Geological Geophysics with Mathematics

Courses Taught
N083: Petrophysics and Formation Evaluation: Principles and Practice
N030: Rocks and Fluids: Practical Petrophysics
N267: Petrophysics for Shale Gas Reservoirs
N525: Petrophysics Uncovered: a Helpful Guide to Understanding Petrophysics

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