PETROENG 7060 - Petrophysics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

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Introduction to Petrophysics will give participants an overview of petrophysics: well logging concepts and basic rock properties, wellbore environment, petrophysical tools and interpretation concepts. Fundamentals of Openhole Log Interpretation gives a practical understanding of the interpretation of wireline tools and techniques, including the determination of lithology, porosity, fluid content and movement, and net pay. Both, qualitative (quick look) and quantitative analyses methods are covered. Practical aspects, such as logging operations, including MWD, and logging program design will also be addressed. Practical examples are used throughout and case histories are used to demonstrate specific aspects. Specialised Methods and Recent Advances gives an overview of dipmeter and borehole imaging, as well as NMR, and determination of permeability from logs.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PETROENG 7060
    Course Petrophysics
    Coordinating Unit Australian School of Petroleum & Energy Resources
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Intensive short course of lectures, seminars
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment assignment, final exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Andrew Mills

    Course Coordinator: Mr Andrew Mills
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Understand the concepts and practical process for deriving appropriate Petrophysical interpretations. This will be accomplished by;

    1. Theory and practical limitations of logging tools.
    2. Integration of all available data, including mud logs, sample descriptions and core.
    3. The process for reservoir evaluation in clastic and shaly-sands with reference to carbonate reservoirs.
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Please bring supplied lecture notes, pen and pencil, eraser and ruler, workbook and laptop to lectures classes. 
    Recommended Resources
    The following are useful references:

    Tiab, D.; Donaldson, E.C. “Petrophysics Theory and Practice of Measuring Reservoir Rock and Fluid Transport Properties,” Gulf Publishing Company, Houston Tx. 1996. ISBN 0-88415-634-6
    My favourite an excellent reference, a bit difficult to read as a text

    Dewan, J.T. “Essentials of Modern Open-Hole Log Interpretation,” PennWell Publishing 1983, ISBN 978 0 87814 233 0
    Excellent reference for interpretation techniques

    Helander, D.P. “Fundamentals of Formation Evaluation,” OGCI Publications 1983 ISBN 0-930972-02-3
    Good for tool theory, particularly older technology

    Bassiouni, Z. “Theory, Measurement, and Interpretation of Well Logs,” SPE, 1994 ISBN 1-55563-056-1
    More of the physics/math of the technology, good theory reference not great for interpretation

    Aguilera, R. “Naturally Fractured Reservoirs,” Pennwell, 1995. ISBN 0-87814-449-8
    Very readable, and an excellent reference for all reservoirs

    Brock, J. “Applied Open-Hole Log Analysis,” Gulf Publishing company, 1986. ISBN 0-87201-638-2
    A bit dated, useful for basics.

    “Shaly Sand,” SPWLA reprint volume, 1982.
    Dated but an excellent reference for the origins of shaly sands.

    Institute of Petroleum “Modern Petroleum Technology,” Chapter 6 Petrophysics. John Wiley & Sons 2000. ISBN 978 0 470 85021 3
    Good section on core analysis, tool theory and interpretation adequate.

    Schlumberger “Log Interpretation Principles/Applications,” Schlumberger Educational Services 1989, SMP-7017
    Somewhat biased but useful overview of technology/basic interpretation

    Schlumberger “Cased Hole Log Interpretation Principles/Applications,” Schlumberger Educational Services 1989, SMP-7025
    Same as above but for cased hole logs.

    Western Atlas “Interpretive Methods for Production Well Logs,” Forth Edition
    Good introduction to production logs.

    Lecture notes
    Online Learning
    Lecture, tutorial and exercise materials will be made available in hard/softcopy during classes. 
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course will be conducted through lectures and problem-solving exercises. A group project will form part of the course. 

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The entire course will be delivered in intensive short course format over a period of six days. 
    Learning Activities Summary
    Each morning lectures will commence at 9:00 am and end at 12.30 pm. The afternoon sessions will recommence at 1:30 and end at 5:00 pm.  Lectures will proceed throughout the day and will be interspersed with tutorials, exercises and group work.

    The outline for the course is;

    Day 1:  Introduction for Formation Evaluation
                 Fundamental rock and fluid properties
                 Borehole environment and overview of tools
                 Qualitative (quick-look) log interpretation
                 Gamma ray interpretation
                 Spontaneous potential (SP) interpretation

    Day 2:  Quantitative Interpretation
                 Shale Volume Determination
                 Porosity Logs
                 - Density
                 - Neutron
                 - Sonic
                 - NMR

    Day 3:  Quantitative Interpretation continued
                 Summary of Porosity Methods
                 Log - Core integration (porosity)
                 Porosity Techniques

    Day 4:  Quantitative Interpretation continued
                 Water Saturation Overview
                 Introduction to Resistivity
                 Resistivity Logs
                 Water Saturation from Logs
                 Log - Core Integration (saturation)

    Day 5:  Quantitative Interpretation continued
                 Permeability Estimation
                 Net Pay
                 LWD / MWD
                 Speciality tools

  • Assessment

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    Assessment Summary
    The course will be assessed based on the following: group project and final exam. 
    Assessment Detail
    There are two assessment tasks (for the overall course assessment, 100%):

    • Group optimisation project – to be completed after the course: counts for 40%
    • Final exam – closed book: counts for 60%

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

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