Basic Petrophysics

Reservior Description and Dynamics


Petrophysics is fundamentally the study of the pore geometry of rocks, how this controls the storage and flow capacity of reservoirs, and how these effects can be measured. The pore geometry is itself a reflection of the origin of the rocks: their depositional history and subsequent diagenesis. In this course we will review some of the fundamental properties that control petrophysical behavior, explore how they evolve as a function of a rock’s depositional and diagenetic history, and learn how these properties influence reservoir quality. We will also investigate how the petrophysical behavior of rocks can be characterized using a combination of core and log measurements.

The course will provide the attendee with an understanding of the role of rock properties in controlling reservoir quality and the inter-relationships between these different properties, and with the skills to perform petrophysical analysis within a framework defined by these fundamental petrophysical relationships and behaviors using a combination of core and log data.

Course agenda (pdf)
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Learning Level


Course Length

3 Days

Why Attend?

Attendees will gain an appreciation for the controlling factors on petrophysical behavior of reservoirs in terms of rock and fluid properties, how these properties dictate the storage and flow capacity of a reservoir, and how to evaluate these properties using a combination of core and log measurements. The role of petrophysics in the larger scope of subsurface studies will also be emphasized, particularly the interactions of petrophysics with geology and reservoir engineering.

Who Should Attend

This course is for Petrophysicists and Log Analysts looking to gain a solid basis for their technical development, as well as Geologists, Geophysicists, and Reservoir Engineers wishing to gain an introduction to petrophysics and an understanding of how it relates to their disciplines.


Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and/or certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.

In-House Training

This course is available for in house training at your office location.

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Tom Neville is currently Petrophysics Advisor for the Asia/Australasia Area for Schlumberger. He has worked for Schlumberger for seventeen years in a variety of technical and managerial roles in Operations, Engineering and Product Development, and Research. These positions have included Open-Hole Petrophysics Domain Advisor at Schlumberger’s Center for Advanced Formation Evaluation in Houston, U.S.A. where he was responsible for defining Schlumberger’s strategy, product development, and training needs in the field of open-hole petrophysics; Formation Evaluation Discipline Manager at Schlumberger’s Beijing Geoscience Center, where he had overall managerial responsibility for formation evaluation software and answer product development; and Research Director for Reservoir Geosciences at Schlumberger-Doll Research in Boston, U.S.A., where he oversaw research activities in the fields of geology, geochemistry, geomechanics, and petrophysics.

Tom has wide experience in formation evaluation in diverse geological and geographical environments, including clastics, carbonates, volcanics, and unconventionals from all parts of the World.

Tom also has extensive teaching experience, having taught both internally within Schlumberger and externally for over ten years in the fields of basic and advanced petrophysics and advanced tool physics.

Tom has been author or co-author on over twenty peer-reviewed journal papers and conference presentations on various aspects of formation evaluation, and is co-inventor on seven awarded U.S. patents. He is a member of SPE, SPWLA, SEG, and AAPG, and is a former SPWLA Distinguished Lecturer.