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TITLE Petrophysics

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Geosciences

DESCRIPTION - Principles of petrophysics;
- Geoelectrical properties of rocks;
- Logs - resistivity, induction and SP;
- Porosity logs, sonic and density, neutron and natural gamma ray;
- Magnetic Nuclear Resonance Logs;
- Image logs and determination of lithology and porosity;
- Rock physics - Gassman's Equation and AVO;
- Synthetic seismogram;
- Acoustic and elastic Impedance inversion;
- Fracture analysis and seismic anisotropy;
- Vertical Seismic Profiles (VSP): field procedures, travel-time relationships;
- Formation pressure prediction.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to provide the student the knowledge of the physical properties of sedimentary rocks that have a bearing on the characterization of reservoirs in terms of their petroleum accumulation potential and fluid behaviour, and provide knowledge of the tools and interpretation techniques by means of which this characterization is made.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to understand the:
- Theories, mathematical concepts, and methods for measuring and testing the properties of rocks and pore fluids;
- Principles of borehole petrophysical measurements & log interpretation including the extraction of fluid properties.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Select and use applicable petrophysical techniques and procedures in a variety of geological situations;
- Research and synthesise petrophysical information from various sources;
- Interpret and analyse well logs to obtain information in terms of lithology, porosity and pore fluid content.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- D Tiab, E C Donaldson (1996) Petrophysics: Theory and Practice of Measuring Reservoir Rock and Fluid Properties, Gulf Professional Publishing.
- D V Ellis, J M Singer (2007) Well Logging for Earth Scientists, Springer.
- M H Rider, M Kennedy (2011) The geological Interpretation of Well Logs, Rider-French Consulting Ltd.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: Honours degree, 2nd upper or above, in Science, Engineering or a related discipline

Co-requisite Study-units: GSC5200, GSC5203, GSC5205


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 20%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 80%

LECTURER/S Saviour Scerri
Christopher Zerafa

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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