Petrophysics Summer School 2017

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Is it possible to grasp the fundamental aspects of petrophysics in one week? That is what the Petrophysics Summer School was designed for: to offer curious young scientists an environment to learn and practice with international experts form academia and industry.

Building on the success of the first one, the University of Leicester hosted its second Petrophysics Summer School. The week-long event started on the 1st of July at the King Richard III Visitor Centre, an opportunity for the delegates and tutors to break the ice and appreciate the diversity of the group. Indeed, with 17 nationalities from 25 institutions, the 30 delegates had interest in sedimentology, seismic interpretation, petroleum engineering and more, with or without background in petrophysics. In one week, they will become more familiar with petrophysics and how it can be useful for their research and projects.

Lectures started on Sunday with an introduction to the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). In common with many other sessions and several delegates’ projects, IODP datasets are a major resource. Introducing IODP opened the way for the next lectures, explaining life and workflow on a drilling vessel, and more specifically core and downhole logging operations: how petrophysical data are acquired and how they can help address scientific questions.

During the first half of the week, delegates had a chance to learn how logging tools work; how to interpret data using real world case studies; see real logging tools and how they are designed at Weatherford; see a multi-sensor core logger running and; integrate downhole data and core descriptions at the British Geological Survey.

Petrophysics Summer School 2017
Petrophysics Summer School 2017, Participants and Instructors

The second half of the week was mainly dedicated to Schlumberger’s Techlog, a standard software in the petroleum industry. Sessions covered fundamentals and case studies, using both IODP and industry datasets, getting more in depth (no pun intended) with petrophysics and its applications (generation of a synthetic seismogram to tie well to seismic data, interpretation of borehole images and more!) to geosciences.

In addition to the various teaching sessions, this second Petrophysics Summer School introduced some novelties not featured in the first school in 2016. Students were invited to present and discuss their research during poster sessions, and to attend extra lectures to widen their scientific horizons. To get the most out of this week spent away from their institutions, the delegates received Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Techlog Fundamentals training certificates.

Petrophysics Summer School 2017 Icebreaker Event
Petrophysics Summer School 2017 Icebreaker Event
Finally, the delegates had plenty of opportunities to develop their network during the several events organised in local restaurants and pubs, taking time to discuss their research, interests, future projects and to socialise. We trust that our guests enjoyed learning about petrophysics during this intellectually and scientifically rewarding event, and that they will be involved with the IODP community in their careers.

Erwan Le Ber, IODP Research Associate & PSS17 Instructor, UoL


University of Leicester: Sarah Davies; Jenny Inwood; Erwan Le Ber; Mike Lovell;

Petrophysics Summer School 2017 at New Walk Museum, Leicester
Petrophysics Summer School 2017 at New Walk Museum, Leicester
Sally Morgan (Organiser); Laurence Phillpot; Tim Pritchard

University of Montpellier: Johanna Lofi

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory: Gilles Guerin; Angela Slagle

JAMSTEC: Yoshinori Sanada

Imperial College London: Peter Fitch; Rebecca Bell

Schlumberger: Rudi Mathers

BP (UK): Sam Matthews

ALS Petrophysics: Ingrid Paola Tello Guererro


5 participants were funded by the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD)

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

2 participants were funded by the UK International Ocean Discovery Program (UK IODP)



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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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Additional Information

  • Blog: A fly on the wall at the summer school
  • 2016 Petrophysics Summer School webpage
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