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Course Overview

Reservoir surveillance provides an understanding of well and reservoir performance to enable efficient management of production. The course gives an overview of the role of petrophysics in the long-term monitoring of reservoirs, including use of legacy data in understanding evolution of reservoir performance. This links to the day-to-day reality of petrophysical operations, which provide many of the inputs to predict reservoir performance and to determine the value of assets. A clear understanding of modelling objectives, methods to be used and uncertainties, across all of the subsurface disciplines is necessary to ensure that reservoir properties are effectively represented.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor David Macdonald

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

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

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Course Description

  • Planning reservoir surveillance
  • 4-D seismic
  • Well testing
  • Well test analysis
  • Down hole pressure monitoring
  • Pulsed neutron logging
  • Production logging
  • Drilling and completion principles and techniques
  • Petrophysical input to well planning
  • Pore pressure prediction
  • Well bore stability
  • Overburden characterisation
  • Real-time data and geosteering
  • Mudlogging data and wellsite geology
  • Formation evaluation for well completion
  • Wireline and cased hole operations
  • Fluid sampling by logs and production
  • Coring operations

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Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Learning Outcomes
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