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GL5074: BOREHOLE GEOPHYSICS AND 4D RESERVOIR MONITORING (2023-2024)

Last modified: 31 Jan 2024 15:16


Course Overview

Borehole Geophysics provides critically important information about the subsurface through well logging and core analysis. This course will cover the fundamentals of Petrophysics and its use in the analysis of cores and geophysical well logs for reservoir characterisation and hydrocarbon assessment.

The course will then examine rock physics properties recorded in seismic data. This course will review the basics of rock physics analysis and modeling to introduce how microstructure information can be used to understand subsurface reservoirs.The course will conclude by, examining how changes in rock physics over time can be used to aid the extraction and storage of fluids in the the subsurface.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Mr Joseph Armstrong

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

  • MSc Geophysics
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

1. Petrophysics
2. Formation Evaluation: geoelectrical properties
3. Resistivity borehole logging
4. Induction and SP logs
5. Porosity Logs: neutron and natural gamma ray
7. Magnetic Nuclear Resonance Logs
8. Image Logs and determination of lithology porosity
9. Rock physics - Gassman's Equation and AVO
10. Acoustic and Elastic Impedance inversion
11. Time lapse (4D) seismics
12. Fracture Analysis and seismic anistrophy
13. Vertical Seismic Profiles (VSP): field procedures, travel-time relationships
14. Pressure prediction


Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown

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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

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Exam - Multiple Choice Questions

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Formative Assessment

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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberExplain the equipment, field procedures and travel-time relationships involved in vertical seismic profiles.
FactualUnderstandDescribe the key petrophysical logging tools for formation evaluation.
FactualApplyConstruct a seismic inversion model.
FactualEvaluateAssess the responses of time-lapse seismic surveys.
FactualRememberRecognise image logs and their interpretation
FactualUnderstandDescribe how different rock and fluid properties influence rock physics.

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