Petrophysics Summer School 2019

The fourth annual Petrophysics Summer School was again hosted by the University of Leicester this summer, with funding from the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) and the UK IODP (funded via the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)); and in‐kind contributions from the European Petrophysics Consortium (EPC), Weatherford (Reeves Wireline Services, East Leake) and the British Geological Survey (BGS) Core Store.
PSS19: group photo
The 2019 Petrophysics Summer School participants and tutors (credit: Colin Brooks Photography)

The Petrophysics Summer School is a CPD-accredited course offering 36 hours of training in petrophysics, a field known to have skills shortage both in industry and within IODP. The annual Summer School aims to fill this gap through the provision of accessible and affordable training to aspiring petrophysicists, offering tools and knowledge to help kick-start a career.

PSS19: BGS Core Store
Linking log data to recovered core at the BGS Core Store as part of the mid-week field trip (Credit: Erwan Le Ber)

PSS19: log-exercises
Getting to grips with logging data (Credit: Erwan Le Ber)
PSS19: Techlog
Training in Schlumberger's Techlog software for log analysis and wellbore data aggregation (Credit: Erwan Le Ber)

The 6-day course running from the 30th of June to the 5th of July 2019 aimed to build on the success and participant feedback from the previous three years. Retaining historically popular course elements, the 2019 petrophysics summer school maintained variety in the delivery of teaching through lectures and practicals; computer and paper-based.

Course participants were introduced to petrophysics fundamentals in the petrophysics 101 course before being able to visit real life tools at Weatherford, and get hands-on with recovered core at the British Geological Survey (BGS) Core Store during the mid-week fieldtrip. After being given the opportunity to see what is measured (and how) in order to produce data, participants were able to implement their fundamentals training on real IODP expedition data during two days of training in Schlumberger’s Techlog software package. Additional time was also given at the end of the week in the Techlog free session – an opportunity for participants to bring their own data and put their new Techlog skills to the test alongside tutors and helpers.

Scattered throughout the week were many more additional sessions including (but not limited to) talks and practical sessions on offshore operations, estimating in-place hydrocarbon volumes, acoustic processing, borehole-seismic integration, and an opportunity to play with physical properties equipment including a Geotek core-logger. Part of the Summer School also included a mini conference with posters and short “elevator pitches”.

PSS19: Icebreaker
Icebreaker event held at the King Richard III Visitor Centre with wine and canapes (Credit: Erwan Le Ber)

PSS19: Elevator Pitches
2-minute elevator pitches on day 1 of the Summer School (Credit: Erwan Le Ber)
PSS19: Mini-conference
PSS19 included a mini-conference for participants to provide networking opportunities after the elevator pitches (Credit: Erwan Le Ber)

Alongside intense days of teaching the Petrophysics Summer School also included a variety of social events throughout the weeks evening’s – with a talk on the local geology at the New Walk museum drinks reception, pizza in Leicester’s idyllic Botanical Gardens, and local Leicester delights at an award-winning local curry house.

As in previous years, the course accommodated a varied demographic representing 11 nationalities across the 27 participants and with female participants in the majority at 59%. With general statistics comparable to previous years, one new aspect to the 2019 participant cohort was the number of graduate and masters-level attendees at 26%. The remainder of the participant pool resembled past Summer Schools with the majority of attendees joining mid-PhD, but also with several post-doctoral researchers and a few from other global research bodies and private sector positions.

PSS19: New Walk
Professor Sarah Davies giving a short talk on the local Leicester geology at the New Walk museum drinks reception (Credit: Erwan Le Ber)

PSS19: Botanical Gardens
Playing Frisbee and relaxing after hours in the Leicester botanical gardens at the Pizza in the Park social event (Credit: Erwan Le Ber)
PSS19: Socializing
Participants and tutors socializing and relaxing together (Credit: Erwan Le Ber)

The teaching pool for the Summer School consisted of 13 instructors from both academia (European Petrophysics Consortium (EPC), Imperial College London, Lamont‐Doherty Earth Observatory, Mare3-Japan, and the University of Leicester) and industry (BP (UK) and Schlumberger Information Systems) - providing varied and global coverage alongside extensive experience.

All in all a great week, well received.

Laurence Phillpot, EPC Technician and PSS19 instructor, UoL


University of Leicester: Sarah Davies; Erwan Le Ber; Katharina Hochmuth; Laurence Phillpot; Kieran Blacker; Catherine Russell

University of Montpellier: Johanna Lofi

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory: Gilles Guerin; Angela Slagle

JAMSTEC/Mare3: Yoshi Sanada

Imperial College London: Peter Fitch

Schlumberger: Rudi Mathers

BP (UK): Sam Matthews

Weatherford: Darren Chaney



5 participants were funded by the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) - 4 scholarships and 1 research grant

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



European Petrophysics Consortium (IODP)
School of Geography, Geology and the Environment
University of Leicester
Leicester, LE1 7RH
United Kingdom
t: +44 116 252 3327

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