Petrophysics - SP004

Petrophysics Tools for Reservoir Engineering

Course summary

This course builds a working understanding of the common openhole logging tools and measurements used in traditional petrophysical analysis; the measurement principles and the main qualitative and quantitative aspects of their analysis are considered for each individual log type. This reservoir engineering stream also explores the analysis of nuclear magnetic resonance logs in detail before considering the use of advance petrophysical logs to support and enhance reservoir engineering integration and understanding. In combination with the Foundation course, the overarching objective is to increase familiarity with the language, concepts and tools used in the field of petrophysics for reservoir engineers.

Learning outcomes

  1. Understand the measurement principles and integration of data obtained from openhole logging, mudlogging and core analysis
  2. Describe the principles and measurements of traditional openhole logs; Gamma Ray, Spontaneous Potential, Bulk Density, Neutron, Sonic, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, and Resistivity logs
  3. Determine shale volume, porosity and water saturation from these traditional openhole logs
  4. Consider how geomechanical properties and permeability can be interpreted from traditional openhole logs
  5. Understand the measurement principles and interpretation of dielectric and geochemical logs.

Course content

  • Gamma-Ray fundamentals
  • Gamma-Ray advanced, Spectral GR and SP
  • Density Logs
  • Neutron Logs
  • Density-Neutron integration
  • Sonic Logs
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Logs
  • Resistivity Logs
  • Resistivity & fluids
  • Resistivity & Saturation
  • Advanced NMR Logs
  • Geomechanics & Permeability
  • Dielectric & Geochemical Logs


The Foundation Petrophysics course is a prerequisite for this course as it provides an introduction to principles and concepts which underpin traditional petrophysical analysis.