D524 The Application of Reservoir Geology through the Exploration and Production Life Cycle

Course Facts

Course Code:
3 days
Virtual Classroom
2.4 Continuing Education Units
24 Professional Development Hours
Certificate Issued Upon Completion


Business Impact: On completion of this course, participants will have built up a strong foundation of competency in reservoir geology and its application from prospect evaluation to production.

In prospect evaluation the priorities are reservoir presence and effectiveness, as well as the consideration of potential recovery factor. Through appraisal and into field development attention remains focussed on recovery factor, with emphasis on pool definition, reservoir continuity, segmentation, and heterogeneity. The production phase is all about optimisation and forecasting, in which reservoir models are powerful. Reservoir models will be built during this course.

Duration and Training Method

A virtual classroom course divided into 5 three- to four-hour webinar sessions, comprising lectures, discussion, case studies, and practical exercises to be completed during and between sessions.

Participants will learn to: 
  1. Understand the potential of reservoir geology at project stages from prospect to production and prospective resources to producing reserves; Appreciate the data and analysis required to fulfil that potential.
  2. Understand the basics of pore systems, their effect on petrophysical evaluation, fluid storage and flow, displacement and recovery factor; Understand how pore systems become unviable through diagenesis.
  3. Appreciate reservoir organisation, synthesised from a wide range of case studies, including stratigraphic and structural heterogeneity, flow conduits, and barriers.
  4. Develop insight into the controls on recovery processes and factors, including pore systems, heterogeneity, segmentation and fluid properties; Apply the intelligent use of analogues in estimating recovery factor.
  5. Form an overview of reservoir modelling, treating static and dynamic modelling as one subject; its power, its application through the field life-cycle, and what we get wrong.

1. Introductory session

  • Reservoir geology in a nutshell
  • The changing face of reservoir geology through the life cycle
  • Roles and responsibilities of a reservoir geologist
  • Touch points with other disciplines

2. Sedimentology, stratigraphy and diagenesis

  • Reservoir types – clastic vs carbonate
  • Depositional environments
  • Heterogeneities
  • Diagenesis

3. Structural geology in reservoir geology

  • Global tectonics and types of basins
  • Types of traps
  • Faults and compartmentalisation – implication for development

4. Petrophysics and static geological modelling workflows

  • Net to gross
  • Porosity
  • Saturations
  • Static model building

5. Field production and monitoring

  • Dynamic modelling
  • Recovery factors
  • Reservoir surveillance
  • Decommissioning
  • A look to the future and carbon capture and storage

Who should attend

The course is designed for early career geologists, geophysicists and petrophysicists. Team leaders and managers may also benefit from attendance.

Prerequisites and linking courses

Whilst there are no formal prerequisites for this class, participants are expected to have a basic understanding of geological principles.

Participants could build on the knowledge acquired from this course by attending Skilled Level field courses N009 (Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Reservoir Geology of Deepwater Clastic Systems (County Clare, Ireland)), N012 (Reservoir Modelling Field Class (Utah, USA)), N033 (Characterisation, Modelling, Simulation and Development Planning in Deepwater Clastic Reservoirs (Tabernas, Spain)), and N310 (Carbonate Reservoir Modelling and Field Development Planning (Provence, France)).

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Richard Steele

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