Basic Petrophysics

An Intensive 5-Day Training Course

Basic Petrophysics

Scheduled Dates

04 - 08 Dec 2023 London - UK $5,950
05 - 09 Feb 2024 Dubai - UAE $5,950
02 - 06 Dec 2024 London - UK $5,950
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Why Choose this Training Course?

Why Choose this Training Course?

This interactive, applications-driven 5-day PetroKnowledge training course will highlight the techniques and principles of petrophysics for oil industry professionals who need to deal with wireline and/or LWD log data interpretation and the integration with core and mud logging information.

The training course will explore the tools response to different lithologies and will help participants understand log readings, applications and limitations. It will instruct them with the basic Petrophysical concepts as well as the log interpretation techniques and procedures for the correct evaluation of well logs on clean and shaly sand formations.

This training course will feature:

  • Discussions on tools physical principles and applications
  • Tool limitations on different borehole environments
  • Tips and examples to identify and understand common logging issues
  • Explanation of petrophysical concepts and techniques for formation evaluation
  • Application of interpretation methods in several examples and exercises
  • Integration of Well logs, core data and mud logging

What are the Goals?

What are the Goals?  

By the end of this training course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the physical principles of main open hole logging tools
  • Understand the basic petrophysics principles
  • Know the main applications and limitations of the different readings
  • Perform a quick qualitative interpretation to determine possible interest zones
  • Perform a complete formation evaluation on a shaly sand environment

Who is this Training Course for?

Who is this Training Course for? 

This PetroKnowledge training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

  • Exploration Engineers
  • Production Engineers
  • Geologists
  • Geophysicists
  • Petrophysicists
  • Petroleum Engineers
  • Reservoir Engineers
  • Drilling Engineers
  • Oil & Gas industry professionals involved in logging data interpretation and validation  

How will this Training Course be Presented?

How will this Training Course be Presented?

This training course will utilise a variety of proven adult learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension and retention of the information presented, the sessions will include visual, auditory and kinesthetic elements to cover the three different learning modalities. The daily sessions will be highly interactive and participative. This involves regular discussion of applications as well as hands-on exercises that will be solved manually and/or using Microsoft Excel. 

Organisational Impact

The organization will benefit because:

  • Personnel trained on log interpretation will help reduce human mistakes and improve efficiency
  • Personnel will be able to better assess data quality and integrity
  • Personnel motivation will increase as they understand better some critical data that is needed for their daily job

Personal Impact

  • Obtain a full understanding of logging tools principles and applications
  • Learn the principles and key indicators for log quality assurance and quality control
  • Learn basic methods and techniques for log interpretation

Daily Agenda

Day One: Basic Logging and Petrophysical Concepts

  • Porosity and Permeability concepts and classification
  • The reservoir: minimum conditions for productivity
  • Introduction to Well Logging
  • Log classification according to the measured properties
  • Auxiliary measurements, uses and common issues
  • Basic measurements: Gamma Ray and Spontaneous Potential
  • Core Analysis Principles
  • Integration of Mud Logging and Core Analysis with well logs

Day Two: Resistivity and Conductivity Logging Tools

  • Resistivity Theory
  • The borehole environment: invasion profile
  • Principles and applications of laterologs
  • Microresistivity devices, principles and applications
  • Resistivity tools limitations
  • Conductivity tools, uses and limitations
  • LWD resistivity determination tools
  • Calibrations and log quality control parameters
  • RT determination  

Day Three: Nuclear Logging Tools

  • Basic principles of nuclear physics applied to borehole logging
  • Formation density tools, principles and applications
  • The photoelectric factor, a key lithology indicator
  • Hydrogen index: Neutron tools principles and applications
  • Porosity determination from density and neutron logs
  • Porosity compatible scales and density-neutron crossover
  • LWD nuclear logging tools
  • Lithology determination on simple cases
  • Calibrations and log quality control parameters

Day Four: Acoustic Logging Tools and Introduction to Formation Evaluation

  • Acoustic waves propagation in the borehole
  • Basic sonic tools, borehole compensation
  • Sonic porosity compared to density-neutron
  • Dipole sonic tools, applications
  • Mechanical properties determination and uses
  • Common sonic issues in the borehole
  • LWD acoustic tools
  • Formation evaluation principles
  • Qualitative log interpretation techniques
  • Rw determination methods
  • Crossplots utilization, Hingle and Pickett plots
  • Graphical interpretation techniques for porosity and lithology

Day Five: Complete Formation Evaluation for Simple Lithology

  • Saturation determination: Archie equation
  • Complete formation evaluation for clean lithology using Archie
  • Other saturation determination equations
  • Hydrocarbon effects on log readings
  • Complete formation evaluation for shaly sand lithology using Simandoux
  • Group discussion on interpretation results


  • On successful completion of this training course, a PetroKnowledge Certificate will be awarded to the delegates

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I register for a training course?

  • To register online through our website, please click “Enroll Now” on the course page, complete and submit the form. A confirmation e-mail and instructions will be sent to the participant’s e-mail.
  • You may also get in touch with our Registration Team on
    +971 50 981 7386 | +971 2 557 7389 or send an email to

When and how do I arrange payments?

  • Payments can be made in USD or UAE local currency AED (Arab Emirates Dirhams) either by Bank Transfer or by Credit Card. Our Bank Account details will be provided on the invoice.
  • Course fees are payable upon booking unless a valid, authorized Purchase Order is provided and accepted.
  • Invoices will be sent via email/courier to the ID/name and address provided.
  • The course fee shall be settled prior to course start date. Corporate payments with existing payment policy shall be relayed to us in advance.

When should I expect to receive confirmation of registration?

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