Introduction to Petrophysics


Who should attend?

  • This course provides an in-depth understanding of petrophysics, covering concepts as well as data measurements and analysis and insight into modeling.
Public :
  • This course is intended for newly hired and 2- to 3-year experienced reservoir engineers willing to deepen their knowledge in reservoir rock properties and petrophysics. It is is also intended for geoscientists, petroleum engineers and production engineers moving towards reservoir engineering.

Level :Awareness

Prerequisite :
  • Degree in geoscience or reservoir engineering.

Course Content


      • Introduction to coring.
      • Porosity; definitions and measurements (effective and total porosity).
      • Monophasic permeability:
      • Darcy’s law and definition of permeability.
      • Measurement of monophasic permeability. Klinkenberg correction.
      • Capillary pressure:
      • Definition and measurement.
      • From lab to reservoir: capillary pressure and initial fluid saturations in the reservoir.
      • Wettability:
      • Definition and measurement (Amott index, USBM index).
      • Influence of wettability on capillary pressure.
      • Effective and relative permeability:
      • Darcy's law for diphasic flows; definition of effective and relative permeability.
      • Influence of wettability on the relative permeabilities.
      • Special core analysis and relative permeability measurements.

      • Introduction to wireline logging operations and logs.
      • Open-hole log quick-look interpretation methodology.
      • Determination of reservoir properties from log interpretation (non-reservoir and reservoir zones, porosity, contacts, Archie’s law and saturations).

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • discuss main concepts of petrophysics used in the description of reservoirs rock properties,
  • describe and discuss the way the corresponding rock properties are accessed from cores,
  • perform basic quick-look log interpretation and discuss the corresponding rock properties by respect to core analysis.

Ways & Means

  • Interactive lectures and hands-on exercises.
To French entities : IFP Training is referenced to DataDock ; you may contact your OPCO about potential funding.
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