Petrophysics Training

Petrophysics Training Courses




Plagiarised copies of my “Integrated Petrophysics..” course titles and descriptions appear on the internet and Linkedin e.g.

First Select Training, Bahrain
Petroknowledge, Abu Dhabi


Genuine versions appear here at and only.

IPRC – Integrated Petrophysics for Reservoir Characterisation; IPCFR – Integrated Petrophysics for Carbonate and Fracture Reservoirs and other “Integrated Petrophysics courses” (IPQL, IPSWHT, IPLAM, IPSCAL, IPPetroDB) have been developed and presented by myself over 25+ years and are available only through myself, HOT Engineering or occasionally bona-fide 3rd parties. These Petrophysics courses and content are not available through any agents unless my name is clearly stated as Course Instructor, despite the course title and description being verbatim copies of the originals which can be seen on

Before registering for “Integrated Petrophysics courses” I suggest you first contact me or HOT Engineering directly to establish if you are actually buying the course you assume you are buying or an imitation that does not provide the same instructor or content as the original “Integrated Petrophysics courses”.

Why are these Petrophysics courses being imitated?

The original “Integrated Petrophysics courses”, given to over 3,000 attendees, have earned a reputation as powerful, real-world petrophysical training, frequently achieving the “Best Petrophysics courses attended” accolade see /testimonials

Early versions were first given back in 1990 after my PhD and have evolved over 30 years of consulting and professional feedback. They are required learning for petrophysicists by many energy companies and are repeat inhouse training courses with major multinationals. The course content is registered copyrighted and Intellectual Property of myself.

Enjoy Petrophysics!



All Petrophysics courses are available Online as Virtual Instructor Led Training – VILT


In-House Petrophysics Courses/Seminars

Public Course Events



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




IPQL: Integrated Petrophysics – Quick Look Techniques

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This course walks you through how to perform a Quick Look Log Analysis integrated with common non-log and special log data.  The process is easy to understand and performed real-time on IP following established petrophysical principles but within an operations ‘quick look’ setting.  The quick look evaluation is demonstrated step by step with the addtion of the authors multi-disciplinary techniques which cross check and verify each step to arrest the propogation of error. This provides more robust, fact based decisions during operations. Log analysis field studies can also be very efficiently checked by these same techniques.

The diversity of inputs used affords a degree of confidence simply not possible with conventional quick look log analysis and moves you into an environment of certainty, confidence and leadership which benefits everyone downstream of the drill bit.


..turns quick look Log Analysis into evidence based Petrophysics




This course for Industry Benchmark Petrophysics Training ↓

IPRC: Integrated Petrophysics for Reservoir Characterisation

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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 development mistakes and essential with today’s complex data sets. Proper core-log-test integration replaces the need to run expensive, irrelevant logs, explains data conflicts and provides the correct answer faster, strengthening your position as an operator and petrophysicist. By contrast, stand-alone log analysis results in wrong decisions and weakens your position as a competent petrophysicist. This course, evolved over 25 years of technical petrophysical consulting and training, demonstrates how robust answers are achieved by the logical integration of core, special core, pressures, well-tests and other 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 lithology, 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 mudlogs, LWD, wireline, facies/rock types, core, SCAL, NMR, dielectric, MDTs and well tests are explained via the author’s 30,000 core plug PetroDB and Interactive Petrophysics (IP) software. Finally, the critical Petrophysics to Geomodel Essential Checks are clearly set out.

This course is a condensed package of powerful integration techniques. It uses an interleaved sequence of lectures, micro-practicals, PetroDB demos, micro-practicals, movies and workshops to convey a flexible and very powerful petrophysical method. It’s highly regarded and continually updated, 344 page “Course Notes” has provided the benchmark mainstream petrophysics textbook for over 25 years. This was the first public petrophysics integration course (Jan-1990) and remains..


The Benchmark Petrophysics Course Today!

Do not be fooled by imitations


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




IPCFR: Integrated Petrophysics for Carbonate and Fractured Reservoirs  –   A Roadmap

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Fractured Carbonate

This course presents the Complete Carbonate & Fracture Evaluation Recipe for carbonate petrophysical characterisation, from Quick Look log analysis to full Core-Log-Test integration. The course presents a systematic plan of action for Carbonate Petrophysics, from data acquisition to core, log and well test integration, highlighting the problems and explaining solutions. All data is ranked and logically slotted into the workflow, from drilling and LWD to the latest hi-tech logs and well tests.  This comprehensive recipe provides a definitive set of results and secure basis for the management of any carbonate or complex reservoir. 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 demos, workshops and videos.  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 Carbonate Petrophysics Toolbox includes all Workshops, the step-by-step derivation of a SCAL Saturation Height mdified J Function and FOIL Function and how to apply them with log driven equations, 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.


IPCFR – The complete recipe for Carbonate & Fractured reservoirs!


Testimonials ” insightful and excellent presentation”




IPSWHT: Integrated Petrophysics – Saturation Height

This course explains how to derive and use saturation height functions in your daily petrophysical work and incorporate them seamlessly into your default evaluations. All aspects of saturation height are covered in detail including how to avoid common mistakes, correct and fit the lab results and apply the saturation function with logs.  Mercury, air-brine, oil-brine, porous plate and centrifuge experiments are compared and contrasted with recommendations on how to achieve optimal results. Reservoir Types and Rock Types, including complex carbonate pore systems, are covered along with the proper selection of plug samples, lab corrections and the various data fitting techniques.

Explains the industry wide saturation-height method and shows how to integrate all routine core analysis plugs and logs with special core analysis




IPLAM: Integrated Petrophysics for Laminated and Low Resisitivity Reservoirs

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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 is and always has been the primary problem with log analysis


Watch :  QL Shaly Sand w Confidence 3


IPSCAL: Integrated Petrophysics – How to use Special Core Analysis with Modern Logs

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This course does more than calibrate your density log with core grain density and porosity. It starts with conventional core analysis laboratory procedures and the essential core-log integration techniques necessary to create compatible data sets required for special core analysis (SCAL) integration.  It then describes lab SCAL procedures for static and dynamic geo-models logically, in sequence, integrating SCAL results with powerful, modern logs to show how key reservoir parameters are better quantified with SCAL integration. NMR, Dielectric, Cross Dipole sonic, 3D resistivity, Lithoscanner and MDT are some of the logs whose output is cross-calibrated and welded into the fabric of a true, modern, integrated petrophysical evaluation. These evaluations are robust, over-determined 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-log data being used and the steps necessary to quantitatively integrate the relevant SCAL with the logs and geo-models.  Like the author’s other “Integrated Petrophysics” courses a logical, systematic structure is followed which enhances understanding of the where, why and how of modern core-log integration.

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




IPDB: Integrated Petrophysics with PetroDB

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IPDB explains and demonstrates the use of PetroDB with the Interactive Petrophysics evaluation app and its web implementation. The app is linked to a 30,000 core plug petrophysical database, PetroDB and its functionality is invoked using using Reservoir Types and Reservoir Rock Types.  The course serves as an introduction on how to do a thorough, modern petrophysical evaluation systematically and on how to use the PetroDB-WEB service.

Logs are interactively calibrated to rock-typed hard data to create a uniquely powerful formation evaluation tool. Calibration is performed via an 18 parameter diagnostic, interactive plot which selects PetroDB rock-typed equations and parameters. PetroDB integration can also be performed externally in Excel for ad-hoc calibrations. The objective here is to increase flexibility and allow the integration of one-off exotic non-log data with logs, quantitatively. To use all data to calibrate, guide and train logs as appropriate and bring these exotic data to bear on the evaluation as appropriate.

If data exists but fails to be involved in calculations it has little or no impact.

PetroDB-WEB is being developed as a web based app.

PetroDB consists of a 30,000 rock-typed, routine core plugs, SCAL, formation pressures and well tests. These have been intelligently cross-referenced to basic geological information, conventional logs and modern special logs over 25 years 60 detailed reservoir technical studies.  The power of this petrophysical database is captured during petrophysical evaluation by it’s interface with PETROPHYSICS’s proprietary user app “The Vault”. The app uses over 200 equations calibrated with Reservoir and Rock Type specific relationships extracted from PetroDB. In-out switchable modules use the PetroDB data which meet selection criteria to calibrate that well’s available special logs including NMR, ADT, SSCAN and inverted log analysis equation parameters to address each reservoir’s specific issues.





REP: Renewable Energy Primer

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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




Parallel Petrophysical Training


PETROPHYSICS Pty Ltd 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.