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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

This course builds on GL5015/5515 (Introduction to petrophysics and its role in the oil and gas industry). Students will learn how to integrate real log and core datasets to fully describe the variation in reservoir properties and how they may be distributed in oil and gas wells. Relating wireline data to core is important, as core analysis provides the only direct and quantitative measurement of the intact reservoir properties and provides essential calibration data for reliable formation evaluation. This course provides students with a solid grounding in the acquisition and evaluation of routine (RCA) and special (SCAL) core analysis datasets.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Nicholas Rawlinson

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Geology And Petroleum Geology (GL) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


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Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

  • Introduction to core acquisition and analysis
  • Reservoir quality controls
  • Geological rock types, facies, lithotypes etc
  • Classification methods including Reservoir Quality Index and Flow Zone Indicator
  • Rock type prediction from logs
  • Truth tables
  • Overburden stress estimation
  • Porosity calibration to core
  • Permeability calibration to core
  • Log based saturation height methods and limitations
  • Capillary pressure based saturation height methods
  • Core calibration
  • Core analysis data requirements
  • Impact on porosity, water saturation and permeability
  • Core data vs log data - advantages and disadvantages
  • Core data loading and depth shifting
  • Overburden and reservoir stress
  • Core descriptions, facies and lithotypes
  • Porosity-permeability relationships and permeability predictors
  • Saturation height functions from capillary pressure
  • Saturation equation parameters from core
  • Relative permeability

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


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Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (50%) and continuous assessment (50%)

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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