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GL5515: INTRODUCTION TO PETROPHYSICS AND ITS ROLE IN THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07


Course Overview

Petrophysics is fundamental to understanding the properties of hydrocarbon fields both for initial static volumes in place and potential and actual dynamic performance. It lies at the centre of all subsurface activities, whether in the context of open-hole evaluation of new wells, cased-hole operations on producing wells, or in an integrated team building reservoir models for asset evaluation, field development or reservoir management. The key aims of this course are to teach: the principles of petroleum exploration, development and production to staff entering the industry for the first time, and enough basic understanding to perform a simple reservoir evaluation.



Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
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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?

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What courses cannot be taken with this course?

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Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

- Basic geology including rock types, sedimentary basins and geological structures - Petroleum source rocks and mechanisms - Reservoirs and their properties - Traps and seals - Geological mapping - Seismic acquisition/processing/interpretation - Gravity and magnetic - Play and prospect mapping - Valuation and rick - Drilling operations and safety - Formation evaluation, sampling and testing - Appraisal and economic value - Production engineering - Development drilling, production facilities and abandonment - View elements of petroleum geology in outcrop - Understand scale of core, logs wells, seismic in relation to the reservoir - Petrophysics definition and contribution to formation evaluation - The nature, origin and properties of reservoir rocks including the main petrophysical parametrs, porosity, permeability and water saturation - Definitions of grross and net reservoir intervals and calibration to core - Introduction to cooring and the associated core analysis data - Understanding the borehole environment - Mud log data, introduction and interpretation - Evolution of logging tool technology, methods of conveyance and dept measurement - Borehole quality and the caliper log - Formation evaluation data, principles of tool measurement and applications including gamma ray, SP log, porosity logs, resistivity and formation pressure - Planning data acquisition programmes - Use of log header information - Depth control and validity - Log quality assurance for standard formation evaluatyion tool set - Capillary distribution of fluids, free water level and fluid contacts - Quick-look intrepretation work flow through lithology recognition, reservoir.non-reservoir discrimination, fluid types and contacts, porosity estimation, formation water resistivity, water saturation, net reservoir and net pay. - Computerised quick look petrophysics - Reservoir quality controls and rock typing methods - Core calibration of porosity and water saturation - Mineral volume methods - Shaly sand analysis - Interpretation in thin beds - Advanced logging tool interpretation techniques.

Further Information & Notes

This course is based on the Senergy courses F1 (The Geosciences Workflow and the Role of Petrophysics in Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production), F2 (Deterministic Petrophysics) and F3 (Advanced Petrophysical Interpretation Methods).


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Summative Assessments

1x two-hour written examination (30%) and continuous assessment (70%).

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