Petrophysical Training Options

Public Course Events : annually in Houston, Perth, Vienna, London and Dubai

In-House Courses/Seminars


Taught by an experienced consultant these courses are packed full with real-world integration techniques which surpass academic learning.


1. Integrated Petrophysics for Reservoir Characterisation  (IPRC)

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This course will teach you how to evaluate reservoirs and quickly identify flawed results. Robust reserves and simulation are achieved by the logical, systematic integration of all relevant data. A quality interpretation is extremely cost-effective compared with data acquisition or development mistakes and essential with today’s complex reservoirs and data sets. Integration will often replace the need to run expensive, irrelevant logs, explain apparent data conflicts and provide the correct answer faster, strengthening your position as an operator. By contrast, stand-alone log analysis often results in wrong decisions and will weaken your technical position in the eyes of your partners. This course, evolved over 25 years of petrophysical consulting and lectures, demonstrates how robust answers are achieved by the logical integration of diverse data. Pay and reserves are addressed first by Quick Look Log Analysis and then by a disciplined, logical process to optimize the interpretation of Porosity, Saturation, Permeability and Fluid Contacts – the basis of Reserves. Low Contrast Pay, clastics and carbonates are evaluated by straight forward integration techniques which outperform log analysis with direct, plain to see results. The integration of LWD, Wireline, Facies, Rock Types, SCAL, NMR, Dielectric, MDTs etc is explained via the author’s PetroDB-WEB software.  Finally, the crucial Petrophysics to Geomodel checks are clearly set out.

This course is a condensed package of powerful integration techniques, using an interleaved sequence of lectures, micro-practicals, IP & Geolog demos, movies and workshops to convey a flexible and very powerful petrophysical methodology. It’s manual provides a comprehensive and lasting benefit to the novice and experienced student alike. Integrated Petrophysics.. was the first public petrophysics integration course (Jan1990) and remains The Benchmark Petrophysics Course today. Do not be fooled by imitations!


Testimonials:  ” ..all you could possibly want from a petrophysical course”


2. Integrated Petrophysics for Carbonate and Fractured Reservoirs – A Roadmap  (IPCFR)

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Fractured Carbonate

This course presents the Complete Carbonate & Fracture Evaluation Recipe, from Quick Look log analysis to full Core-Log-Test integration. The course presents a systematic plan of action for the acquisition and integration of carbonate petrophysical data, highlighting the problems and explaining solutions. Data is placed in the data-flow diagram, from drilling and LWD to well tests and the latest hi-tech logs, to form a recipe which provides a definitive set of results and secure basis for decisions – a template for evaluating complex reservoirs. The course explains how the physical characteristics of Carbonates – tight, fractured, vuggy or permeable – present log analysis Failure Points.  How to Drill, Core, Log, Test and evaluate specifically to address these failure points is explained via a condensed learning session of interleaved theory, PetroDB-WEB IP demos, workshops and movies.  Drilling data, core, SCAL, logs, LithoScanner, NMR, Dielectric, Sigma, Acoustic, Image-logs and MDTs are all briefly explained and fitted together to form the definitive solution for any given data set.  The course’s powerful Excel Petrophysical Toolbox includes all Workshops, Sw calibration, a vuggy Carbonate QL LAS evaluator, 100+ Eqns, PetroDB-WEB extracts, QL Sigma, HPV Sensitivities and calculators for Fracture Probability and Fracture Ø & HPV.

This course provides a much needed systematic process for staff faced with the daunting prospect of managing Carbonate or other complex reservoirs.  Non-petrophysicists will learn how to quickly review geo-model input using the author’s “Greenlists”.

This process has been adopted and used successfully by a numerous operators.


Testimonials ” insightful and excellent presentation”


3. Integrated Petrophysics – How to use Special Core Analysis with Modern Logs  (IPSCAL)

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This course does more than calibrate your density log with core grain density and porosity. It starts with the essential techniques of core-log integration that are required to create compatible data sets suitable for special core analysis (SCAL) integration.  It goes on to integrate SCAL lab results with powerful, modern logs to show how key reservoir questions are answered more confidently and more quantitatively if these data are properly integrated. NMR, Dielectric, Cross Dipole sonic, 3D resistivity, Lithoscanner and MDT are some of the logs whose output is calibrated and welded into the fabric of a true, modern, integrated petrophysical evaluation.  Such an evaluation is robust, overdetermined and grounded in routine and special core analysis.  Integration techniques are explained in terms of the question being asked, the physical basis of the core and log data being used and the steps necessary to quantitatively integrate the relevant SCAL with logs and geo-models.  Like all the author’s “Integrated Petrophysics” courses a logical, systematic structure is followed which enhances understanding of the where, why and how of modern petrophysical data.

Core-Log integration has been the central topic of the author’s Imperial College Ph.D. and 30 years of consulting, reading and lecturing on core-log integration.  It is also the central purpose of the PetroDB-WEB software, which expands essential core-log integration to SCAL and modern logging tools.


.. training which can be taken back to the office and applied immediately


3. Integrated Petrophysics for Unconventional Reservoirs (IPUR)

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This course will teach you how to acquire and evaluate the critical data for each major unconventional reservoir type and to judge if petrophysical results are fit for purpose.  The course outlines the geological, engineering and petrophysical characteristics and challenges of each unconventional reservoir type including Shale Gas, Oil Shale (LTO), Tight Gas, Coal Bed Methane, Geothermal, CO2 Sequestration and Methane Hydrates.  Armed with this knowledge the petrophysical data sets and integration techniques required to estimate reserves and producibility are explained.  The course covers Quick Look to full mainstream integrated methods including how to recognise and avoid the common problems of petrophysical interpretation in unconventional reservoirs.  Examples of the common log analysis failings and the detailed, specific procedures designed to avoid them are explained simply and clearly. Time is allocated in proportion to the global activity and class demand.


.. Future Proof your petrophysical career


3. Renewable Energy Primer  (REP)

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Careful with that axe EugeneRenewable Energy is abundant and all around us.  It is energy storage and distribution which limit its use. This 3 day forward looking course reviews, compares and contrasts all major renewable energy types. Each type’s contribution, setting, technology, emerging technologies, limitations, environmental impact, undesirables and economics (startup costs, running costs and payout times) are compared with a typical Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project, one liter of diesel and an investors viability check box. The course also investigates current and emerging technologies in the critical areas of Energy storage (energy density, kwh/$, kwh/kg, batteries, fuel cells) hydro and Energy Distribution (central, local, off-the-grid). Energy trend drivers, global imperatives and conservative future scenarios are presented.

The course presents an exciting, forward looking, fact-packed review of the increasingly diverse energy landscape evolving on our planet today, from a seasoned energy consultant, educator and investor. Myriad key facts are presented in the context of what they mean for the future, highlighting the technological and financial choke points that typically stymie renewable energy projects.


If you love the future of Energy you will love this seminar.


4. Parallel Petrophysical Training


PPL conducts Parallel or remote documented petrophysical training concurrently with technical consulting. Up to 4 staff engage in a daily critique session of PPL’s work and perform a cut-down version of the same tasks the next day. Their progress is documented and signed off, building competency towards a complete integrated petrophysical field study with all stages undergoing rigorous cross-examination and debate! This process produces diligently executed, robust studies as well as providing unbeatably cost-effective, hands-on training, within the ‘real-world’ framework of an operating energy company.