Petrophysics Summer School 2018

  • PSS_2018 All participants
  • PSS_2018 Angela Slagle talk
  • PSS_2018 Pete Fitch talk
  • PSS_2018 Poster session
  • PSS_2018 Sarah at the BGS Core Store
  • PSS_2018 Sarah at the BGS Core Store_group
  • PSS_2018 Participants generating a synthetic seismogram
  • PSS_2018 Techlog session
  • PSS_2018 Visiting Weatherford

Another year, another Petrophysics Summer School (PSS) hosted by the University of Leicester; now the third iteration building on the success of previous years. PSS 2018 was sponsored by the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD), the London Petrophysical Society (LPS), and UK International Ocean Discovery Program (UKIODP, funded by NERC); and received significant in-kind contributions from European Petrophysics Consortium (EPC), Weatherford (Reeves Wireline Services, East Leake) and the British Geological Society (BGS) Core Store; enabling this 36 hour CPD (Continuing Professional Development) accredited course to go ahead.

As in the past (see 2016 and 2017) inclusivity is the name of the game. This year saw 21 participants from 5 different countries (by institution, 10 countries by nationality) travel from all over the world to learn all about the great research tool that is petrophysics. Not only this, the participant pool consisted of the highest yet proportion of female scientists (71%) by consequence of a high proportion of high quality female applicants (representing 57%).

Participant research backgrounds were also varied, ranging from paleoclimate and marine ecosystems to seismic interpretation and isotope geochemistry; with a smattering of sequence stratigraphy architecture and ultramafic and mafic rock alteration. All were catered for and able draw a lot from a week of learning about petrophysical analyses.

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Petrophysics Summer School 2018, Participants and Instructors

After wine and canapes at the ice breaker event the preceding evening, the week hit the ground running with introductions to offshore operations and provision of all the essential knowledge about the downhole logging measurement method. Logging scientists from the University of Leicester and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory provided their insights and experience from sailing on the full range of IODP drilling vessels. The second half of the first day was dedicated to a conference including a combination of 2-minute lightning talks and a poster session.

Throughout the rest of the week speakers from the world of academia (University of Leicester, Imperial College London, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and University of Montpellier) and industry (BP, Schlumberger and Total E&P UK); were invited to speak on their respective specialisms including: calculating hydrocarbon volumes; statistics and modelling; core-log-seismic integration; and much more. As in previous years, talks and lectures were broken up by practical sessions (both paper and computer-based), a field trip, and for the first time a practical session focussed on sample-based physical property data acquisition.

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Petrophysics Summer School 2018, conference and poster session
Practical sessions largely involved (but were not limited to) software training in Techlog, the Schlumberger well logging package. Two full days of training were incorporated into the PSS schedule, teaching the fundamentals of Techlog through the use of the IODP training dataset generated from data recovered during IODP Expedition 346: Asian Monsoon. More advanced Techlog sessions were undertaken toward the end of the second Techlog day where participants were walked through hierarchal cluster analysis, acoustic log processing and borehole image processing.

A field trip midweek took participants to Reeves Wireline Services (Weatherford) where they could get their hands on cutting-edge logging tools, followed by a trip to the British Geological Survey Core Store to link wireline log response to sedimentary rock cores. And finally, at the end of the week, course participants were introduced to physical properties equipment in the form of a Geotek P-wave frame and Teka TK04 thermal conductivity half-space probe; accompanied by associated talks and presentations on the methods, use and limitations of acquired data.

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Petrophysics Summer School 2018, Viewing logging tools at Weatherford

The week was not all work however. 4 evening events spread across the 7 days ensured that anyone attending had ample opportunity to interact with everyone else (participants and tutors alike) in a relaxed environment. Events included an Independence Day pizza celebration, a top quality Leicester curry and a drinks reception at the Leicester New Walk museum. Also invited to the museum reception was Dr Tom Harvey who gave a talk on the nature and strange discovery circumstances of the exhibit’s archaeological discoveries while surrounded by Jurassic marine reptiles.

All in all the 2018 petrophysics summer school provided attendees with a solid foundation of petrophysics knowledge and a framework to build and explore further research opportunities.

Laurence Phillpot, EPC Technician & PSS18 Instructor, UoL



University of Leicester: Sarah Davies; Erwan Le Ber; Sally Morgan (Organiser); Laurence Phillpot; Tim Pritchard; Tom Harvey; Catherine Russell; Kieran Blacker

University of Montpellier: Johanna Lofi

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Petrophysics Summer School 2018, Synthetic Seismogram practical

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory: Gilles Guerin; Angela Slagle

Imperial College London: Peter Fitch

Schlumberger: Rudi Mathers; Jessica Keeble

BP (UK): Sam Matthews

Total E&P: Louise Anderson



1 participant was funded by the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD)

10 participants were funded by the United States Science Support Program (USSSP)

Sponsors/In-Kind Contributors

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London Petrophysical Society logo UK International Ocean Discovery Program logo

Weatherford logo BGS_New

Aberdeen Formation Evaluation Society logo


Instructors from

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Dr Sally Morgan
School of Geography, Geology and the Environment
University of Leicester
Leicester, LE1 7RH
United Kingdom
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