Integrated Petrophysics for Reservoir Characterisation


Integrated Petrophysics for Reservoir Characterisation

Instructor Mark Deakin, PhD (Petrophysics)

Who Should Attend?

Petrophysicists, geologists, operations geologists, geo-modellers, reservoir engineers, geophysicists, core analysts or anyone with a year’s experience with logs or formation evaluation.  Bring your laptop with MS Excel.

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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!

You Will Learn

– The essential nature of petrophysics: it’s objectives, data and uncertainties

– How to get the best possible answers from any given data set

– To perform Quick Look Log Analysis and Essential Core-Log Integration with the author’s Excel spreadsheets

– To review petrophysical studies effectively & quickly identify flawed results using a clear sequence of logical checks

– To identify and extract the key data channels from modern hi-tech logs which, when integrated with core, logs and welltests, will answer the questions your team is asking (author speciality)

– To understand and use what really matters from the increasingly complex barrage of modern petrophysical data

– How to drill, core, log and test for clear formation evaluation results

– To avoid the 10 most common errors which ruin petrophysical results

– To use interactive software to reveal how your data works together and impacts results

Course Content

Detailed Contents  (Public courses 5 days. Tailored In-House 3 or 5days)

– Petrophysical objectives. Physics vs. petrophysics. Concepts of data hierarchy and calibrations

– Quick Look Operations log analysis. Logging tool review. Vshale & lithology; complex lithology

– Porosity: Total or Effective? Gas zones and complex lithologies; calibrating porosity

– Sw100 zones and Rwa’s: Their derivation and effective use

– Sw: Improving the inputs which really matter: Rt/Ro, Rw, m, n, Sw: OBM/WBM core; capillary pressure; magnetic resonance; facies and wettability defined, explained and integrated. Calibrating Sw

– Shaly sands: Defined & explained. Integrating resistivity & non-resistivity data; FMI/NMR/Pc, WaxmanSmits Qv, m*, n* with or without core

– Fluid contacts and capillary pressure: Using MDTs effectively. Distinguishing the mobile phase

– The RockType Master Equation: What is it? How do I use it?

– Permeability: Rock-types; NMR; conventional log quick-look k; bound fluid volume; Timur-Coates permeability; relative effective kwtr koil kgas & SwP10, P90 sensitivity; calibrating k with well test kh; correct permeability simulation input

– Netpay: What is netpay? Definition.  It’s proper criteria and evaluation

– Key recommendations for mud, drilling, logs, core analysis, Sw & k evaluation

– 10 common systematic errors which ruin geological models

– Daily Interactive Petrophysics and/or Geolog demos.

– Excel Petrophysical Toolbox: All workshops, Swpc:n calibration, Shaly Sand QL LAS evaluator, 100+ Eqns, PetroDB-Vault extracts, HPV Sensitivities.

Instructor CV

Dr Mark Deakin is a consultant, author and lecturer in Petrophysical Data Integration. He holds a Ph.D. in ‘Integrated Petrophysics’ from London’s Imperial College, is an ex Amoco petrophysicist, and has more than 30 years’ experience, including 15 as a lecturer and director of PETROPHYSICS Pty Ltd. He has performed over 50 detailed reservoir studies, primarily in Southeast Asia’s difficult carbonate and stacked ‘low-contrast-pay’ reservoirs, keeping abreast of new technologies by technical reading, operations work, attending short courses and lecturing. Mark’s proven approach is to identify and rank reserves uncertainties, then guide companies toward defensible reserves via a process of targeted data acquisition, data-hierarchy and systematic integration. After his Ph.D. Mark authored the first public Integrated Petrophysics course which has evolved into the industry benchmark course for mainstream petrophysics.  Deakin also developed “Integrated Petrophysics for Carbonate & Fractured Reservoirs – A Roadmap”  and the powerful PetroDB-WEB core-log-test linked database evaluation for complex reservoirs. Deakin is a member of SPWLA with offices in Perth, Australia.

PS: This course for Benchmark Petrophysics training