Petrophysical Training Options


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Taught by an experienced consultant these 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 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 following established petrophysical principles but within an operations ‘quick look’ setting.  The course uses simple, multi-disciplinary techniques to quickly cross check and verify petrophysical results on-the-fly for more objective, fact based operational decisions. Log based field development studies can also be checked and verified by these quick look techniques.

The diversity of inputs used affords a degree of confidence simply not possible with conventional quick look analysis, moving 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 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 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, 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”




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.