Coring and Core Analysis - CCA

Discipline: Petrophysics
Level: Foundation
Instructors who teach this course:
  • Dr. Robert A. Skopec
  • Dr. John (Jack) B. Thomas


  • About the course
  • Designed For
  • You will learn
  • Course Content
More than three-quarters of current additions to the world's reserves come from better management of existing reserves. Core-based measurements offer the most tangible and direct means of determining critical reservoir parameters. Core analysis can play a vital role in field equity or unitization and is often considered to be the ground truth to which other measurements are compared (e.g., wireline logging). Using a multidisciplinary approach, participants are taken through the steps necessary to obtain reliable core analysis data and solve formation evaluation problems. Throughout the course, participants are given hands-on problems and practical laboratory and field examples, which reinforce the instruction. *Laboratory visit with core analysis measurement demos (where feasible).


"Learning the advantages and disadvantages of different types of core and handling techniques. I also really enjoyed the petrography aspect." - Geologist, United States


"Loved the course!" - Geologist, United States


Petrophysicists, reservoir engineers, exploration and development geologists, core and log analysts, geophysicists, drilling and completion engineers, and oil company research and development staff.
How To:
  • Design coring programs and maximize core recovery
  • Preserve core to minimize rock alteration
  • Take and analyze sidewall cores
  • Use cores to estimate porosity, permeability, and fluid saturation (basic core analysis)
  • Understand special core analysis (e.g., wettabililty, relative permeability, capillary pressure, and reservoir fluid distribution for reservoir engineering and petrophysical evaluation)
  • Prevent/spot errors in core analysis vendor reports (quality control)
  • Select samples for special core studies
  • Correlate core and log data
  • Coring and core analysis objectives
  • Coring hardware and maximizing core recovery
  • Core-handling, wellsite procedures, and preservation methods
  • Sidewall coring and analysis
  • Organizing effective laboratory programs
  • Porosity, permeability, and fluid saturation
  • Unconventional Reservoir Analytical Protocol
  • Quality control in core analysis
  • Petrography and mineralogy
  • Special core analysis sample selection and statistical data analysis
  • Core-log correlation (includes NMR log calibration, acoustic, nuclear, and electrical properties) an introduction to rock mechanics
  • Wettability, relative permeability, capillary pressure, and reservoir fluid distribution
  • Data integration in reservoir simulation
  • Final problem: design of coring and core analysis program