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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

The key objective of this course is to understand how petrophysical data (core and log), can be used to calibrate and predict the seismic response of hydrocarbon reservoirs. This can be used throughout field life from reducing exploration risk at the early stages to better quantifying the differences seen in time lapse seismic for reservoir management and field development. Students will learn the nature of reservoir models and the petrophysical and other inputs used to construct them, including permeability predictors, upscaling and saturation height functions. The principles of uncertainty management will be described and applied to the petrophysical parameters.

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
  • Dr David Iacopini

Qualification Prerequisites


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

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

  • Seismic acquisition and processing
  • Acoustic logging tools
  • Fundamental elastic properties of rocks
  • Reflective and convolution
  • Fluid Substitution and scenario modelling
  • Geophysical analysis
  • 3-D geological modelling and volumetrics
  • Property averaging and model population
  • Reservoir simulation
  • Uncertainty analysis for petrophysics
  • Error propagation
  • Integration of uncertainties

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


More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%)

Resit: Two-hour exercise under examination conditions

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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