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Course Overview

The course will give students the skills to interpret petrophysically complex reservoirs from a variety of sedimentological and lithological environments. Integration with geology will be emphasised along with the advanced tools and techniques necessary to characterise these very different reservoir types. By the end of this course, students will understand: how the sedimentary environment impacts reservoir properties; how those properties may be evaluated; the logging tool suites available to interpret complex reservoirs; key differences between matrix and fracture based production systems; impact of clay type and distribution on clastic reservoir quality; and the potential volumes available from unconventional reservoirs.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Dr Quan Gan

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

  • Sedimentology of clastic reservoirs
  • Advanced interpretation for volume of clay, silt and shale
  • Permeability estimation in a complex clastic environment
  • Pore Geometry and flow units
  • Advanced application of acoustic and nuclear magnetic resonance tools in clastic reservoirs
  • Key differences between carbonate and clastic reservoirs
  • Carbonate deposition, diagenesis, mineralogy, rock textures and pore types
  • Well log responses in carbonates
  • Wettability in a carbonate environment
  • Natural and induced fracture evaluation
  • Controls on reservoir heterogeneity
  • Introduction to unconventional reservoirs
  • Shale gas fundamentals
  • Shale gas log analysis
  • Gas in place and recovery factors
  • Total organic carbon (TOC) and maturity
  • Geomechanics for shale gas production
  • Coal bed methane (CBM) fundamentals
  • Coal permeability and well testing technology
  • CO" storage and enhanced recovery

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

There are no assessments for this course.

Formative Assessment

1st Attempt: 1 x two-hour written examination

Resit: 1 x two-hour written examination



Course Learning Outcomes


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