Petrophysics Modules

  • Petrophysical Data and Open Hole Logging Operations
  • Mud Logging, Coring and Cased Hole Logging Operations
  • Gamma Ray and Spontaneous Potential Logging
  • Porosity Logging (Density, Neutron, and Sonic)
  • Formation Testing
  • Core Analysis
  • Resistivity Logging Tools and Interpretation
  • Petrophysical Evaluation
  • Special Petrophysical Tools: NMR and Image Logs
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Laboratory Measurements of Basic Rock Mechanical Properties
  • Laboratory and Field Measurement of Special Rock Mechanical Properties

DURATION: approximately 3.5 hours


FEE: $395

 

This skill module is an introduction to a specialized area of E&P called Petrophysics. The field operations and technologies required to identify and quantify oil and gas resources are introduced. Topics include Well Logging, MWD/LWD, and an introduction to Petrophysics and petrophysical data acquisition. The material presented is at the awareness competency level.


DESIGNED FOR geoscientists and engineers with less than twelve months experience using petrophysical data. Ideal for other technical staff and non-technical staff (e.g., management, drilling operations, technical support staff, finance, legal, IT, supply chain management, and others) at all experience levels wanting a basic background in the petrophysics discipline. This skill module lays the foundation for effective communications between the Subsurface Team and everyone else in the E&P Industry including Service Company and Government employees.

 

YOU WILL LEARN:

  • How to describe the concept, scope and basics of "Petrophysics"
  • How Petrophysics integrates with the other subsurface specialties (Geology, Geophysics, Reservoir Engr., Drilling Engr.)
  • To outline the importance of sufficient petrophysical data to achieve correct reservoir modeling
  • To identify how common well logging tools are used to collect petrophysical data

 

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This module is also part of the following online courses:

 

Foundations of Petrophysics - FPP - Online

DURATION: approximately 2.5 hours

 

FEE: $250

 

In this skill module you will learn about Earth structure and plate tectonics; types of rocks, the rock cycle, clastic, biogenic, and chemical source sedimentary rocks. Historical geology depositional environments and global vs. regional stratigraphy.

 

DESIGNED FOR those who need to achieve a context and understanding of E&P technologies, or the role of technical departments in oil and gas operations, and/or be able to understand and use the language of the oilfield.

 

YOU WILL LEARN

  • The Earth's structure, continental drift, and plate tectonics role in oil and gas exploration
  • Rock types and classification in an oil and gas context
  • The relationship between depositional environments and geological settings
  • The importance of historical geology to finding oil and gas accumulations
  • The relative age of rocks and how we date the rocks and understand the paleo climate
  • The relationships between global and regional stratigraphy

 

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This module is also part of the following online courses:

 

Basic Petroleum Technology Principles - BPTP - Online

DURATION: approximately 2 hours

 

FEE: $250

 

In this skill module you will learn about basins and plays, unconventional resources, and petroleum systems. You will also learn about structural stratigraphic traps and reservoir mapping.

 

DESIGNED FOR those who need to achieve a context and understanding of E&P technologies, or the role of technical departments in oil and gas operations, and/or be able to understand and use the language of the oilfield.

 

YOU WILL LEARN

  • Exploration concepts
  • Elements of a successful petroleum system
  • Key differences between unconventional and conventional petroleum systems
  • Different types of structural traps
  • Different types of stratigraphic traps
  • Features of structural contour and isopach maps

 

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This module is also part of the following online courses:

 

Basic Petroleum Technology Principles - BPTP - Online

DURATION: approximately 3.5 hours

 

FEE: $395

 

In this skill module you will learn about reservoir rock properties: porosity and permeability, grain size, distribution, and sorting. You will also learn about reservoir fluids, physical and chemical properties, and the impact on these properties at reservoir and surface conditions. Reservoir classification and phase diagrams are also discussed. In the Hydrocarbon Recovery section, you will learn about primary recovery drives such as dissolved gas (solution gas) drive, water drive, gas cap expansion drive, and combination drives. You will also learn about enhanced oil recovery, including secondary and tertiary recoveries such as water flood, miscible flood, steam cycle, and steam drive, along with expected recovery efficiencies.

 

DESIGNED FOR those who need to achieve a context and understanding of E&P technologies, or the role of technical departments in oil and gas operations, and/or be able to understand and use the language of the oilfield.

 

YOU WILL LEARN

  • The basic reservoir rock properties and the significance of core samples
  • The factors that affect porosity and how it is measured
  • The factors that affect permeability and how it is measured
  • How grain size, distribution, and sorting controls reservoir quality
  • How to estimate reservoir economic potential
  • The fundamental classification of hydrocarbons as paraffin, naphthene and intermediate series
  • API gravity classification and nomenclature for different crudes
  • Reservoir conditions and stock tank conditions, and their effect on reservoir fluids
  • The relationship between fluid properties and phase behavior
  • The importance of phase diagrams to understanding reservoir behavior
  • How to differentiate conditions expressed on a phase diagram
  • How to relate fluid properties and phase diagram conditions to "our reservoir"

 

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This module is also part of the following online courses:

 

Basic Petroleum Technology Principles - BPTP - Online

DURATION: approximately 3 hours

 

FEE: $395

 

In this skill module you will learn about basins, plays and risk analysis, mineral ownership and contracts; surface exploration technologies, such as gravity, magnetic and geochemical surveys, and seismic imaging and interpretation. Subsurface technologies such as mud logging, appraisal wells, coring, well logging, and drill stem testing.

 

 

DESIGNED FOR those who need to achieve a context and understanding of E&P technologies, or the role of technical departments in oil and gas operations, and/or be able to understand and use the language of the oilfield.

 

 

YOU WILL LEARN

  • The roles involved in exploration
  • About basins, plays, leads, prospects, and geological risk
  • Different types of oil and gas contracts
  • The purpose and types of surface exploration technologies
  • The purpose and function of seismic surveys
  • The basic structural information from a seismic survey
  • The role of exploration and appraisal wells
  • Formation evaluation tools used during the exploration phase including mudlogging and LWD, well logging and cores, and well tests (DST)

 

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This module is also part of the following online courses:

 

Basic Petroleum Technology Principles - BPTP - Online

DURATION: approximately 3.5 hours

 

FEE: $395

 

In this module you will learn about well function, onshore and offshore drilling, drilling programs, drilling rig components, and drilling systems; including drilling, rotating, fluid, and blowout prevention systems. You will also learn about casing and cementing, wellhead installation, types of well completions, formation damage, well perforation, sand control strategies, and well stimulation.

 

YOU WILL LEARN

  • The advantages and disadvantages of early and modern types of drilling styles
  • Rig type classification and selection for onshore and offshore drilling
  • Types of platforms and techniques used for offshore rigs
  • The purpose and function of non-vertical drilling, including directional and horizontal drilling
  • The components of a drilling system
  • The components of a drilling rig
  • The drilling systems of a rig
  • The purpose and function of the rotating system
  • Drilling fluid properties and function
  • Purpose and function of blowout preventers
  • Purpose of casing and cementing
  • Purpose and function of the wellhead
  • Overview of different types of well completions
  • Formation damage
  • Methods of well perforation
  • Sand production problems and control strategies in reservoirs
  • Common well stimulation strategies

 

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This module is also part of the following online courses:

 

Basic Drilling, Completions, and Workover Operations - BDC - Virtual

 

Basic Petroleum Technology Principles - Online

DURATION: approximately 1.5 hours

 

FEE: $250

 

This module provides an overview of how various well objectives contribute to the understanding of the asset. Key stakeholders and the activities that impact the well plan are discussed. Also explained in this module are why well objectives change over the life of the asset and the commonly used key performance metrics for the drilling discipline.

 

YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO

  • Identify stakeholders in an effort to define well objectives
  • Explain how various well objectives contribute to understanding of the asset
  • Identify activities focused on achieving well objectives and how they may impact the well plan
  • Explain why well objectives change over the life of the asset
  • Identify commonly employed performance metrics for the drilling discipline

 

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This module is also part of the following online courses:

 

Basic Drilling, Completions, and Workover Operations - BDC - Virtual

DURATION: approximately 3.5 hours

 

FEE: $395

 

This module addresses roller cone and fixed cutter bit design features and their associated hydraulics programs at a core level.

 

 

YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO

  • Identify design features and selection criteria for roller cone bit types
  • Explain failure modes for roller cone bits and how this information can be used to improve performance
  • Identify design features and selection criteria for fixed cutter bit types
  • Explain failure modes for fixed cutter bits and how this information can be used to improve performance
  • Explain tool system options which allow wellbore enlargement to a diameter greater than the internal drift diameter of a previously installed casing string
  • Discuss situations where this may be required
  • Explain rotary coring bit options
  • Explain the relationship between cost per foot of a bit run and the cost of a bit, its rate of penetration, footage drilled, and the cost of the drilling operation
  • Determine optimum time to pull a used bit based upon its cost per foot trend
  • Balance competing objectives for the drilling hydraulics system
  • Maintain ECD below fracture pressure of open hole
  • Select nozzle sizes for adequate bit hydraulics
  • Maintain operating pressure and total pump power demands within rig capabilities

 

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This module is also part of the following online courses:

 

Basic Drilling, Completions, and Workover Operations - BDC - Virtual

DURATION: approximately 3 hours

 

FEE: $395

 

This module explains the various drill string components and their purpose. The module also explains the performance properties of drill strings, how to diagnose drill string mechanisms and steps to prevent drill string failures.

 

YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO

  • Identify drill string components and their suppliers
  • Explain the purposes of the various drill string components
  • Determine drill string performance properties
  • Diagnose drill string mechanisms
  • Identify steps to prevent drill string failures

 

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This module is also part of the following online courses:

 

Basic Drilling, Completions, and Workover Operations - BDC - Virtual

DURATION: approximately 3 hours

 

FEE: $395

 

Drilling fluids impact all aspects of the drilling operation, including drilling the formations, maintaining a clean and stable wellbore, gathering data from the wellbore, and maximizing productivity of the hydrocarbon resource. Proper selection of a drilling fluid can allow optimum performance in each of these areas. Fluid processing solids control allows cost-effective maintenance of fluid properties. This module addresses these topics at a core level.

 

YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO

  • Identify functions of drilling fluids
  • Explain fluid types and their selection criteria
  • Identify fluid properties, how they are measured, and additives used to control them
  • Explain benefits of solids control, solids control equipment function, and system configuration

 

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This module is also part of the following online courses:

 

Basic Drilling, Completions, and Workover Operations - BDC - Virtual

DURATION: approximately 3 hours

 

FEE: $395

 

Laboratory testing is considered one of the most reliable sources for characterization of mechanical rock properties. This skill module provides a profound understanding of the laboratory tests commonly conducted in the practice of petroleum geomechanics. It explains how to efficiently understand, interpret, and use the results of these tests in geomechanical workflows.

 

 

DESIGNED FOR geoscientists, petrophysicists, completion and drilling engineers or anyone involved in unconventional reservoir development

 

 

 

YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO

  • List different data sources for geomechanical characterization
  • Identify the methods used for direct measurement of mechanical rock properties including field tests, laboratory tests, wireline logs and seismic surveys
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of different direct measurement methods
  • Recognize that different measurement methods can yield different values for one parameter
  • List different sampling methods for laboratory tests
  • Explain different reasons for conducting mechanical laboratory tests
  • Recognize the limitations and challenges of laboratory testing
  • Identify different categories of laboratory tests and their differences
  • Identify the importance of compressive tests
  • Describe unconfined compressive test and its procedure
  • Describe confined compressive test and its procedure
  • Explain how rock anisotropy can be characterized by compressive tests
  • Explain how shear failure criteria are found from compressive tests
  • Identify the limitations of triaxial apparatus in considering the intermediate stress component
  • Explain how true triaxial test can be used for simulating full stress tensor
  • Describe direct shear test and its applications in petroleum geomechanics
  • Recognize the importance of characterizing tensile strength of rocks
  • Describe different methods used for the measurement of tensile strength
  • Define fracture toughness and recognize its importance
  • Describe different methods used for the measurement of fracture roughness
  • Recognize the role of rock anisotropy in tensile failure

 

 

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DURATION: approximately 3 hours

 

FEE: $395

 

While conventional laboratory tests provide important basic data, proper geomechanical characterization of rock properties requires acquisition of important data from several other sources such as special laboratory tests and field measurements. This skill module introduces these data sources and explains their values and applications for geomechanical characterization.

 

 

DESIGNED FOR geoscientists, petrophysicists, completion and drilling engineers or anyone involved in unconventional reservoir development

 

 

 

YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO

  • Recognize the importance of compressibility tests in reservoir geomechanics
  • Describe the procedures of hydrostatic compressibility tests
  • Identify the difference between drained and undrained conditions
  • Recognize the influences of production (loading) and injection (unloading) on the mechanical response of rocks
  • Identify different types of compressibility coefficients
  • Describe processes of different uniaxial deformation tests
  • Explain the difference between hydrostatic and uniaxial compressibility tests
  • Recognize the effect of cyclic injection and production on the mechanical responses of rocks
  • Identify the importance of considering the effect of temperature change on rocks
  • List the reasons for conducting non-destructive tests
  • List different types of non-destructive tests
  • Explain how rebound hammer, indentation and scratch tests work
  • List the limitations of non-destructive tests
  • Explain the differences of dynamic and static measurements of elastic rock properties
  • Describe the procedure for the ultrasonic test
  • Calculate dynamic rock properties from the results of ultrasonic tests
  • Explain why compressive testing of rocks is usually accompanied with ultrasonic measurements
  • Recognize the importance of comparing static and dynamic elastic properties
  • Describe how anisotropy is characterized by ultrasonic testing
  • Explain how acoustic emission measurements can help with the characterization of failure in rocks
  • List different field measurement methods that can be used for the characterization of mechanical rock properties
  • Recognize the application of wireline logs for estimation of mechanical rock properties
  • Use dipole sonic and density logs for calculation of dynamic elastic properties
  • Recognize the application of seismic surveys for calculation of dynamic elastic properties
  • Identify that seismic and micro-seismic monitoring may be used for characterization of failure behavior in rocks and faults
  • Describe how pressuremeter test, an example of mechanical field tests, works

 

 

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