Training and Presentations
PZI has put together a series of advanced petrophysical training courses which are tailored for the unique problems and conditions we need to understand to be successful in the petroleum business. At present, no public courses are currently scheduled for 2018, but if you are interested in a course please let us know. We usually focus our courses on our local California market, and they are intended to provide practical information that attendees can apply to their jobs immediately.
All courses can be customized for in-house presentation by focusing on topics of particular interest and/or by including company-supplied class examples.
Are you interested in attending a local training course, or recommending one to a colleague? New courses we are planning include Geology for Non-Geologists, Logs and Log Analysis for California, Coring and Core Analysis . Returning favorites are the Old Electric Logs course and Shaly Sand Log Analysis. Please let us know if you would like to attend any of these courses, or if there is another course you think we should offer.
Logs and Log Analysis For California
- Select the appropriate logging suites and coring programs
Who Should Attend: Geologists, engineers, reservoir modelers
Conductive clays in a reservoir interval have the effect of causing the water saturation to appear higher than it really is in a resistivity-based log analysis. This problem can become acute in a fresh-water sand where the clays may be more conductive than the formation water. With increasing costs of operations, it becomes important to characterize reservoir properties accurately as a basis for sound business decisions. We have taught this course many times over several decades, and have modified it for this year to include more California problems and examples. Since all serious formation evaluation is now done on computers, classroom exercises are set up in petrophysical software which will be provided for use by attendees. Topics include:
- The nature of reservoir clays and the computation of clay volume from log indicators
Attendees need to bring a laptop running Windows 7 or higher for the classroom exercises. A prerequisite for this course is our Logs and Log Analysis for California course, or basic understanding of logging tools, methods, and log responses.
2 days, schedule TBD
Geology for Non-Geologists: What You Need to Know For California
This is a practical course for engineers, field personnel, and others working in California oilfields who need to understand more about how geology affects field operations and well drilling/completion decisions. Though others offer similar courses, they do not cover the unique aspects of our local geology that can have a strong impact on all other oilfield activities. Topics to be discussed include:
- Origin and occurrence of petroleum
Old Electric Logs
Old Electric Logs
We have presented this course several times and it is always popular. Old electric logs (E-logs) were standard from the first days of wireline logging through the early 1960's, and are still run today in water wells. They are found in older fields worldwide and may be either a significant source, or the only source for field data. E-logs are not the same as modern logs and it is necessary to understand how they are different so that they can be used correctly. However, there is a significant amount of information in these logs and they can provide valuable insight into reservoir conditions decades ago, or indicate possible bypassed pay. Course topics include:
- Electric logging tools and theory
1 day, schedule TDB
Our staff often give presentations to local chapters of professional societies, at annual meetings, and occasionally in other locations also. If your group is interested in one of our speakers, please contact us. Links to the slide sets for some current and past presentations are located on the Current Research page.