Development Geology - DG

Discipline: Geology
Level: Intermediate
Instructors who teach this course:
  • Mr. Peter Bartok
  • Mr. Andrew S. Harper
  • Dr. Howard D. Johnson
  • Dr. John S. Sneider


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Operations Geology - OG
Prospect and Play Assessment - PPA
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About the course Designed For You will learn Course Content
About the course
Successful field appraisal, development, and management requires a fundamental understanding of the reservoir pore space distribution. Participants learn, through hands-on exercises, to compile a development plan that emphasizes optimal recovery. Emphasis is placed on rock, log and test data to distinguish reservoir and non-reservoir rock properties. Structural, stratigraphic, deposition and diagenetic concepts are used to locate drill sites and describe reservoirs. The input required to construct a geologic reservoir model is reviewed. Participants learn the importance of modifying development plans as a field becomes more mature. Techniques for mature field rejuvenation are discussed through case histories.
Designed For
Reservoir, development, and exploration geologists; geophysicists; petrophysicists; log analysts; petroleum engineers; and experienced technicians.
You will learn
How To:
  • Select optimum drill sites for field development
  • Use log and rock data to identify reservoir rock, non-reservoir rock, and pay
  • Determine fluid distribution in a field and identify reservoir compartments
  • Estimate field reserves through the life of a field
  • Characterize carbonate and clastic rocks by productivity
  • Construct geologic reservoir models
  • Determine field drive mechanism
  • Apply seismic analysis to reservoir development
  • Determine depositional characteristics to optimize development
  • Compile a development plan
  • Use economic techniques to evaluate different development plans
Course Content
  • Characteristics that impact field development
  • Determining recoverable hydrocarbons
  • Reservoir fluid properties
  • Influence of capillarity reservoirs
  • Volumetric reserve estimation and calculation
  • Stratigraphic influence on production
  • Controls on reservoir rock, barriers, and hydrocarbon distribution
  • Describing reservoir rock in carbonate and clastic rocks
  • Determining recoverable hydrocarbons
  • The impact of drive mechanism
  • Seismic applications
  • Development drilling: optimizing hydrocarbon recovery
  • Economic impact on field development
  • Subdividing the reservoir into working units
  • Reservoir pore space configurations
  • Building a static reservoir model using deterministic and stochastic techniques
  • Key factors affecting the development of fractured reservoirs
  • Impact on barriers on field development
  • Secondary and tertiary field development
  • Rejuvenating old marginal fields