Department hosts Petrophysics Summer School
Industry experts and academia heavyweights gathered to share their varied experiences and expertise with primarily early career researchers. The week started with a crash course on the basics of petrophysics followed by case studies from both academia and industry focusing on different elements and applications of petrophysics. There was a dual emphasis on using downhole measurements to answer scientific questions and to understand its everyday use in the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbon resources.
Acquisition, application and interpretation of downhole logging data formed the main focus of the week, with a guest appearance from Leicester’s Geotek multi-sensor core logger (MSCL) fast-track system, and a dedicated two-day course on the fundamentals of Schlumberger’s Techlog software package.
Out of the classroom, a visit to Weatherford’s facility in East Leake, provided insights into the design, manufacture and testing of downhole logging equipment. At the British Geological Survey (BGS) Core Store, participants had a chance to look at cores with the corresponding downhole logging data to examine the interpretation potential of log data.
Poster sessions covering the very broad range of research interests of the School participants ensured lively discussions during the coffee breaks and allowed a chance for everyone to get to know each other. We were able to provide a real Leicester experience for our visitors with events at the King Richard III Visitor Centre, the Leicester Museum and a curry night.
The school was supported by the UK International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (part of IODP), Aberdeen Formation Evaluation Society, the London Petrophysical Society and the Marine Studies Group of the Geological Society, with in-kind contributions from Weatherford, the British Geological Survey and Schlumberger. Generous scholarships were provided for a number of the participants by the United States Science Support Program (USSSP, an IODP entity; 9), ECORD (3), and UK IODP (1).