ECORD Summer School 2020: Downhole Logging for IODP Science

4th to the 10th of July 2020, Leicester, UK

CPD_accreditationReturning to the University of Leicester for its fifth year, this Summer School introduces the interpretation and applications of downhole log and physical property data primarily from the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). The School explores the relevance and unique insights of these data for a range of fields, including paleoclimatology, sedimentology, hydrogeology, and broader geological and ecological processes such as sediment provenance and water column productivity.

The Summer School is open to applicants from all career stages and geoscience backgrounds. However, the course is tailored for individuals who: 1) are early in their career and/or would like to introduce and utilize more petrophysical and physical properties data in their research and/or; 2) who would like to get more involved in IODP in some capacity, either through accessing and using data or sailing on an IODP research expedition.

Introductory sessions on petrophysics, the study of the physical (and chemical) properties of rocks and their interactions with fluids, are at the heart of the Summer School. These core principles are then used for insight into broader marine geoscience questions and environments through practical exercises that provide experience of interpreting log data and integrating downhole log data with core and seismic data, using real-world case studies, and further software analysis.

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Techlog training during PSS 2017. Image copyright: Dr Erwan Le Ber
Participants will gain experience in:

-          Data quality assessment

-          Data processing

-          Log interpretation

-          Synthetic seismogram construction

-          Stratigraphic correlation using downhole log data

-          Core- and sample-based data acquisition

-          Software training

The Summer School will be hosted in the School of Geography, Geology & the Environment at the University of Leicester, UK. The majority of the course takes place on the main campus, with one local field-trip day. There will also be additional evening social events across the city of Leicester.

In 2020 the Summer School will run from the 4th to the 10th of July.


What is petrophysics and downhole logging?

Dr Peter Fitch teaching petrophysics 101, PSS 2017. Image copyright: Dr Erwan Le Ber
Petrophysics is the study of the physical (and chemical) properties of rocks and their interactions with fluids. Petrophysical data acquisition operates principally through running downhole logs (dropping tools below the seafloor) to measure a range of properties, capturing continuous data under in situ conditions.

Capturing the in situ conditions of a system is important for generating and ground-truthing geological models. Well log data provide a resolution at the 0.1-100 metre scale and are widely used to link core to seismic profiles.

There is a petrophysics skills shortage within IODP and within the geoscience industry. The Summer School aims to address this through the provision of accessible and affordable training to geoscientists who wish to understand more about petrophysics in order to make greater use of downhole log and physical property data in their research.

The key aim of the Summer School is to equip course attendees with a working knowledge of downhole logging (well-logging) and core physical properties data, the skills to assess data quality and usability in any given geological interpretation/setting and an understanding of how to analyse the data to enhance their research.


The Schedule

The 6-day Summer School (4-10 July 2020) encompasses 36 hours of CPD-accredited training in petrophysics. Participants will have the opportunity to learn through lectures, practicals, a mini-conference and core store visit, and will receive training in Schlumberger’s Techlog (industry standard software, and the logging software package utilized on all IODP platforms).


Past Petrophysics Summer Schools

For more detailed information on previous Summer Schools and the course material, please visit past Petrophysics Summer School webpages and the website.

2016 2017 2018 2019

More general information on petrophysics applications can be found on our blog.


The Application Procedure

To apply to this year’s Summer School please email with copies of:

-          A completed application form and its associated conflict of interest statement

-          A statement of interest in the Summer School

-          A short CV, and;

-          A letter of support from a supervisor (should you be an undergraduate or graduate/PhD student)

The application window will be from the 6th January to the 21st February 2020.

Payment for the Petrophysics Summer School is only due upon awarding of an offer of acceptance, after the application process has closed. In 2019 the fee for this course was £180 incl. VAT, and we foresee no significant price change for 2020. This price does not include accommodation or travel expenses.

Applications for the 2020 Summer School: Downhole Logging for IODP Science have now closed

We anticipate that there will be no changes to visa processes as a consequence of Brexit in 2020


Funding Opportunities

Depending on where you are applying from there are several funding opportunities to help pay for travel expenses and course fees.

If you are applying from an institution within, or are native to an ECORD country (Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom) you can apply to the ECORD scholarship program. Applications for this scholarship will open on the 1st of February.

If you are applying from the United States you can apply to the US Science Support Program (USSSP) for support with travel expenses.

If you are applying from Australia or New Zealand you can also apply for a travel bursary, new for 2020!

If you are applying from another country, you can contact your local IODP Program Member Office (PMO) or local Society for Petrophysicists & Well Log Analysts - SPWLA chapter for support.

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