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Course Overview

Petrophysics and core analysis are key disciplines in the oil industry, providing the main data on porosity, permeability and fluid saturations in the subsurface.  Petrophysics is a crossroads discipline and petrophysicists work closely with geologists and petroleum engineers in exploration and production.  This course provides essential information to allow petroleum engineers to interact effectively with geoscientists.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Dr Mehrdad Manzari

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course looks at the tools available to analyse the lithology and fluid content of a reservoir and how petrophysicists work with other discipline to estimate hydrocarbon volumes in the subsurface.  The course identifies the multiple data sources required for reservoir evaluation, emphasising integration of all available data, potential sources of error and uncertainty within the data.  It shows how to relate wireline data to core; gives a solid grounding in the acquisition and evaluation of routine (RCA) and special (SCAL) core analysis datasets; and teaches how to apply these principles to a fully computerised formation evaluation workflow.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt: Multiple choice examination (100%).

Resit: Examination resit at the next available diet.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Summative feedback will be given on laboratory work via web link - preferably by use of Blackboard Collaborate.  For studnets unable to join the live class, skype sessions will be organised.  General feedback will be given on the examination.

Course Learning Outcomes


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