PETROENG 7060 - Petrophysics
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code PETROENG 7060 Course Petrophysics Coordinating Unit Australian School of Petroleum 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 Course Description 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.
Course Coordinator: Dr Mark BunchCourse Coordinator: Mr Andrew Mills
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Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Understand the theoretical basis and practical limitations of logging tools. 2 Integrate all other available data with wireline log data, including mud logs, sample descriptions and core. 3 Evaluate reservoir intervals defined in clastic and shaly sandstone systems; also understand the similarities and differences with carbonate reservoirs. 4 Work in a group on a reservoir evaluation optimisation project.
The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,3,4 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2-4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
2-4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-4 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
4 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesPlease bring supplied lecture notes, pen and pencil, eraser and ruler, workbook and laptop to lectures classes.
Recommended ResourcesThe 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.
Online LearningLecture, tutorial and exercise materials will be made available in hard/softcopy during classes.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe 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 SummaryEach 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
Day 3: Quantitative Interpretation continued
Summary of Porosity Methods
Log - Core integration (porosity)
Day 4: Quantitative Interpretation continued
Water Saturation Overview
Introduction to Resistivity
Water Saturation from Logs
Log - Core Integration (saturation)
Day 5: Quantitative Interpretation continued
LWD / MWD
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Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes Group reservoir evaluation optimisation project 40 Group Summative Week 13 1. 2. 3. 4. Final examination (closed book) 60 Individual Summative Weeks 14-15 1. 2. 3. Total 100
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Assessment DetailThere 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%
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