PETROENG 7060 - Petrophysics
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code PETROENG 7060 Course Petrophysics Coordinating Unit Australian School of Petroleum 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 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. 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.
Course Coordinator: Dr Mark Bunch
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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
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
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Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
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.
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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
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