IPLAM – Integrated Petrophysics for Laminated and Low Resistivity Reservoirs

IPLAM – Integrated Petrophysics for Laminated and Low Resistivity Reservoirs


All courses available Online as Virtual Instructor Led Training – VILT


Detailed Contents

Instructor Mark Deakin, PhD (Petrophysics)

Public courses 3 days. Tailored In-House



Like all the authors “Integrated Petrophysics” courses this course is packed full with real-world, cross disciplinary techniques which solve or radically improve shaly sand petrophysical evaluations. Laminates, Low Resistivity Low Contrast Pay and Shaly Sands have always been the primary problem with log analysis. This course characterises these three Reservoir Types and sets out the data and petrophysical methods to identify and then evaluate each type simply and accurately.  The course steps through a logical process to find powerful and commonly available data which can be used in shaly sand evaluations and sets out the essential routine and special log and core data to achieve robust results.  Shaly Sands (SS), Laminates (LAM) and Low Resistivity Low Contrast (LRLC) pay reservoirs are defined, delineated and treated separately or together, as each petrophysical methodology requires.  All modern logs including NMR, Dielectric, LithoSpectral GR and Image logs are covered together with countless core-log integration techniques and useful tips.  The Quick Look Shaly Sand evaluation of a standard logging run is shown using real-time Interactive Petrophysics demos which can then be used as a template for future software development (See PetroDB). Numerous Micro-practicals, videos and open discussion sessions keep this class an eye-opening and memorable learning experience!


Addresses what always has been and continues to be the primary problem with log analysis

Course Level: Skill

Watch :  QL Shaly Sand w Confidence 3

Who Should Attend?

Operations Geologists, Experienced Log Analysts, Experienced Petrophysicists, Wellsite Geologists, Users of petrophysical results, Geo-modellers, Exploration Managers, Team Leaders.  Anyone involved with the evaluation or modelling of Shaly Sand, Laminated or Low Resistivity Low Contrast (LRLC) pay reservoirs.

Bring your laptop with MS Excel.



You Will Learn

– How to recognise Shaly Sand, Laminated and Low Resistivity Reservoir Types from common data

– Why these reservoirs are so often missed

– How to identify and flag Missed Pay

– What key data you need to measure these subtle reservoirs

– How and when to apply Facies Based Petrophysics

– How to use the authors novel quick look techniques after you have diagnosed your reservoir type

– How to calibrate HPV and kh with core or other hard data correctly 

– What’s different about Waxman Smits, Dual Water, Juhasz, Indonesia or any other shaly sand equation you are curious about and how to use them

– To understand and use X,Y,Z  3D resistivity logs

– What a Klein plot is and how to use it

– What a Thomas Stieber clay/shale distribution plot is and how to use it

– To understand and use NMR and other volumetric tools both as alternatives to, and in parallel with, a conventional resistivity log analysis

– Some BIG mistakes with Saturation Height Modelling!  (..that your engineer may never know)

– How to ensure that geomodels properly represent your excellent petrophysical results

– How to have fun mastering these subtle reservoirs and impress your team with your expertise!


Instructor CV

Mark Deakin is a consultant, author and course instructor in Petrophysical Data Integration. He holds a Ph.D. in ‘Integrated Petrophysics’ from London’s Imperial College, is an ex Amoco petrophysicist and has over 25 years’ experience, including 18 as a course instructor with PetroSkills and HOT Engineering. He has performed over 60 detailed reservoir studies worldwide; primarily in Southeast Asia’s low-contrast pay and carbonate & fractured reservoirs. Deakin’s proven approach is to identify and rank reserves uncertainties then guide companies towards defensible booked reserves via the application of new technology, targeted data acquisition and the systematic, logical integration of all related data. After his PhD Deakin authored the first public Integrated Petrophysics course in 1989 which evolved into the industry’s benchmark petrophysics training course. This was followed by courses in Carbonate & Fracture petrophysics and 3 day focused modules on How to use Modern Logs with SCAL, Quick Look Integration Techniques, Low Resisivity Low Contrast Pay, Laminates & Thin Beds, Using PetroDB effectively and Renewable Energy. The uniquely powerful PetroDB-WEB core-log-test linked database is his current project. Deakin is an active member of SPWLA and occasional lecturer at Curtin University and his consulting company PETROPHYSICS Pty Ltd has offices in Perth, Australia