PETROENG 7060 - Petrophysics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

Introduction to Petrophysics will give participants an overview of petrophysics: well logging concepts and basic rock properties, wellbore environment, petrophysical tools and interpretation concepts. Lectures and associated class exercises provide 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. The course also covers more recent technologies and techniques such as NMR and permeability estimation from logs. At the end of the course students will be able to integrate log, core and pressure data to fully characterize a formation and its fluids.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PETROENG 7060
    Course Petrophysics
    Coordinating Unit Australian School of Petroleum & Energy Resources
    Term Semester 2
    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: Associate Professor Manouchehr Haghighi

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On 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   

    University Graduate Attributes

    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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
  • 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

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment task weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/summative Due Learning outcome
    Assignments/tutes 30 Individual Formative 28 July - 3 August 1,2,3
    Quizez 30 Individual Summative 29 July and 4 August 1,2,3
    Presentation 10 Group Formative Tuesday 4 August 4
    Final Exam 30 Individual Summative Final Exams Period 1,2,3
    Assessment Detail

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    All homework assignments, quizez, tutes must be submitted online before due dates.

    Any submission after due date will be marked as zero.
    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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    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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