Leicester hosts BSRG Petrophysics Short Course

Posted by lcb14 at Jan 13, 2016 02:25 PM |
Over the weekend of the 5-6 December 2015, 12 PhD students and 2 Research Associates arrived on the Bennett Building steps at the University of Leicester to take part in a BSRG (British Sedimentological Research Group) Petrophysics Short course led by the European Petrophysics Consortium (EPC Leicester and Montpellier). The course, sponsored and part funded by UK-IODP (International Ocean Discovery Programme) and the London Petrophysical Society (LPS) involved teaching basic research-focused petrophysical analysis before letting attendees loose on IODP datasets. Attendees travelled from 9 institutions across the UK from as far away as Aberdeen in the north to Bristol in the south, and with backgrounds covering a range across the subjects of sedimentology, geochemistry and fluvial systems. This diversity created an exciting dynamic for all involved, and some interesting opportunities for collaboration and networking for the participants.
Leicester hosts BSRG Petrophysics Short Course

BSRG Petrophysics short course at Leicester

The first day comprised the bulk of the teaching, with paper-based interpretation exercises and open discussions based on data from IODP Expedition 308: Gulf of Mexico Hydrogeology, and IODP Expedition 307: Modern Carbonate Mounds. Once familiar with the necessary tools and their purpose, downhole logs (including borehole imaging) and core physical properties data were analysed in groups to illustrate the far-reaching applications of these datasets particularly when used in tandem.  The data used in these exercises was the original data acquired on the IODP projects, giving participants the opportunity to experience the process in the same way that IODP scientists would have on the expeditions, problems and all! Day 1 ended with a classic curry (a tradition in Leicester) and a trip to the pub where discussions could continue at leisure. Day 2 of the workshop was much more hands-on with participants analysing an IODP dataset (this time from IODP Expedition 346: Asian Monsoon) utilising Schlumberger’s Techlog software. Attendees were released to discover all they can from a set of downhole measurements, with a team of EPC petrophysicists on hand to provide support as needed. At the end of the session Dr Johanna Lofi, Logging Staff Scientist on IODP Expedition 346, summarised the day by detailing the expedition’s objectives and findings, before encouraging participants to continue to play with the open-access IODP data available via the online databases:

Platform Core Databases

If you are interested or would like to read more please visit the BSRG Blog about the event, or contact the EPC to get involved next year where the event will be up-scaled as a week-long ECORD (European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling) Summer School in June 2016.

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