AAPG Training Course: Volumetric Analysis of Shale Reservoirs

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Course Description

Volumetric analysis of shale reservoirs is of prime importance in oil and gas industry. This course practically elaborates how different shale petrophysical parameters such as porosity, fluid saturation, and adsorbed gas, which are essential for volumetric analysis of shale reservoirs, can be estimated using well-log data.

The major goal of the course is to show attendees how different shale petrophysical parameters such as porosity, fluid saturation, and adsorbed gas can be estimated. These petrophysical parameters are essential for volumetric analysis of shale reservoirs.

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

The course will train attendees how to practically calculate gas and oil in place for shale reservoirs using typical well-log data.

  • Identify shales’ petrophysical properties
  • Describe shales’ reservoir characteristics
  • Explain how well-log data can be used for shale characterization
  • Evaluate Volumetric analysis

Who Attends

  • Geologists
  • Geophysicist
  • Petro physicist
  • Reservoir engineers who want to improve their knowledge about shale reservoirs

Special Requirements



0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 1-day course.


Professor Reza Rezaee of Curtin’s Department of Petroleum Engineering has a PhD degree in Reservoir Characterization. He has over 27 years’ experience in academia being responsible for both teaching and research. During his career he has been engaged in several research projects supported by major oil and gas companies and these commissions, together with his supervisory work at various universities, have involved a wide range of achievements. During his research career he has led several major research projects funded by various oil and gas companies. He has received a total of more than $2.2M funds through his collaborative research projects. He has supervised over 70 M.Sc. and PhD students during his university career to date. He has published more than 160 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers and is the author of 4 books on petroleum geology, logging and log interpretation and gas shale reservoirs. His research has been mostly on integrated solutions for reservoir characterization, formation evaluation and petrophysics. Currently, he is focused on unconventional gas including gas shale and tight gas sand studies. As a founder of “Unconventional Gas Research Group” of Australia, he has established a unique and highly sophisticated research lab at the Department of Petroleum Engineering, Curtin University. This lab was established to conduct research on petrophysical evaluation of tight gas sands and shale gas formations. He is the winner of Australian Gas Innovation Award for his innovation on tight gas sand treatment for gas production enhancement.