Rock Physics for Reservoir Characterization and Recovery Monitoring

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


In this course, applications will focus on seismically detecting variations in lithology, pore fluid types and saturation (oil, water, steam, gases), stress and pore pressure, fractures, and temperature. Participants will discuss case studies and strategies for seismic interpretation. Suggestions for more effectively employing seismic-to-rock properties transforms in geostatistical methods will also be discussed.

Topics Include:

  • Site characterization
  • Recovery monitoring
  • Upscaling seismic and rock properties from the lab to borehole to reservoir scales
  • Rock and fluid factors affecting seismic
  • Fluid signatures

At the end of this course participants should have an understanding of:

  • Effects of saturation and saturation scale
  • Interpreting 4D seismic for reservoir monitoring
  • Seismic mapping of porosity and lithology
  • Seismic signatures of fractures
  • Permeability

Learning Level


Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend?

Learn the fundamentals of rock physics, ranging from basic laboratory and theoretical results to practical “recipes” that can be applied immediately in the field.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for geophysicists, reservoir geologists, seismic interpreters, hydrogeologists, and engineers concerned with interpretation of seismic data, reservoir and characterization, hydrocarbon detection, and monitoring of recovery and remediation processes.


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) awarded for this 2-day course.

Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund, all cancellations must be received in writing no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Send cancellation requests by email to; by fax to +1.866.460.3032 (US) or +1.972.852.9292 (outside US); or mail to SPE Registration, PO Box 833836, Richardson, TX 75083.


Gary Mavko received his PhD in geophysics from Stanford University in 1977. He spent the next six years at the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park. In 1984 he joined Entropic Geophysical, a seismic processing contractor, as a research geophysicist and eventually became Entropic’s vice president for research. Mavko returned to Stanford University in 1989 where he is a professor in the Department of Geophysics and co-director of the Stanford Rock Physics and Borehole Geophysics Project. His current focus is to develop ways to use rock physics knowledge to help bridge the gaps between seismic methods, interpretation, reservoir flow simulations, and geostatistics. Mavko, along with Tapan Mukerji and Jack Dvorkin, published The Rock Physics Handbook in 1998. He was awarded Honorary Membership by SEG in 2001.