Modern Well Log Interpretation

A five-day classroom course, with many individual exercises.

The course comes in two “flavours” depending upon the background of the participants. The first three days cover all standard and modern well-logging measurements both Wireline and LWD, and the remaining two days cover specific topics as follows:

+ a “geological” flavour covering dipmeter/imaging logs, use of logs for correlation, mineralogy

+ an “engineering” flavour covering cased-hole topics such as bond- & corrosion-logging, fluid level monitoring, perforation performance issues.

+ depending on participants’ background and interest, a number of more advanced topics can be presented in the form of overviews; details are in the course content summary below.

Successful completion of the course will give participants a good understanding of the basic logging measurements and interpretation methods, sufficient to assess log quality and identify data acquisition problems, and to perform their own simple log interpretations in clean formations.  The more complex topics covered towards the end of the course will give insights into the use of new measurements and will discuss the issues involved in making interpretations in complex geological environments.

  • This course presentation is modular and covers the topics listed below, using many generic examples for the participants to work on themselves as each topic is covered.  Participants develop their own interpretation of 2 sets of logs (one wireline, one LWD) as the course progresses, and (most of) the last day is taken by working in teams on a further set.  If possible, the latter example will be chosen from the area of the course (We have examples from Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, India, Nigeria, Kazakhstan & the North Sea).

    Although the course concentrates mainly on wireline measurements, equivalent LWD measurements are also covered, remarking upon the differences and their advantages/disadvantages, with examples.  The range of measurements discussed is comprehensive, so participants are also presented with an up-to-date “shop window” of the wireline & LWD tools & techniques now available to the industry.

    Great emphasis is placed on the fact that log interpretation is still largely based on empirical relationships, the applicability of which may depend on local factors, and course participants are constantly reminded that reliance on “black box” interpretation methods can lead to serious mis-interpretations.  Thus, the computers provided for the course are largely there to enhance the speed of computation of the data points manually chosen by the participants, using a simple Excel spreadsheet program implementing standard relationships, rather than for pushing un-screened log data through a pre-set interpretation package.

    Efforts are also made broadly to cover the technologies offered by the various different service vendors, rather than only those from a single supplier.


    The course handouts include a hardcopy manual, exercises and a CD with the worked course examples and a selection of standard texts on log interpretation:

    Log Interpretation Charts (Halliburton)

    NMR Logging Principles & Applications (Halliburton)

    Log Interpretation Openhole & Cased Hole Principles (Schlumberger)

    Log Interpretation Chartbook (Schlumberger)

    Introduction to Wireline Log Analysis (Baker Atlas)

    Day 1

    General Topics and Resistivity Measurements

    1. Brief Overview of Requirement for Wireline & LWD Measurements

    2. Overview of Basic Petrophysical Models & Relationships Used in “Clean” formation interpretation

    3. Overview of Basic Geological Models & Signatures obtainable from well logs or

    4. Overview of Basic Geological Models & Signatures obtainable from well logs

    5. Overview of Basic Applications of Wireline & LWD Methods for Well Completions (Geoscientists and/or Reservoir Monitoring (Engineers)

    6. Depth Measurements & Control

    7. Conductivity in Electrolytes and Derivation of Rmf at Formation Temperature

    8. Use of SP for Geological Interpretation and to determine Rw

    9. Resistivity Measurements to Determine Rt , Rxo and invasion profile

    Tornado chart corrections & implications of the “step-profile” and other invasion profile assumptions

    10. Gamma Ray

    11. Caliper Measurements

    12. Identification of Potential Zones of Interest using SP, GR and Resistivity

    [This section is mainly the participants working through a series of log examples to illustrate the selection of zones of possible interest]

    Day 2

    Porosity and Mineralogy/Lithology Measurements

    13. Measurements for Determination of Porosity & Mineralogy/Lithology

    • Density Measurements
    • Neutron Measurements
    • Acoustic Measurements
    • Pe Measurements
    • Crossplot methods for porosity & lithology determination

    14. Gamma Ray Spectrometry and Core Sampling for Enhanced Mineralogy Determination

    • Spectral Gamma Ray
    • Elemental Capture Spectrometry
    • Percussion & Mechanical Sidewall Coring

    Day 3

    Linking Resistivity with Porosity/Mineralogy Measurements

    15. Linking Porosity, Formation Factor and Water Saturation

    16. Determination of Water Saturations in Virgin and Flushed Zones

    17. Completion & review of 1st example set of logs (“Clean Sand” example) which the group has been working on in teams over the first 3 days.  Review of GoM LWD set of logs (“Homework” example) given to participants for their study after course hours.

    Day 4

    Miscellaneous Measurements for Petroleum Engineering and Geological Applications

    18. Pressure Measurements, Fluid Sampling & Analysis using Formation Testers

    19. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Measurements

    20. Permeability Determination from Logs & Pressure Measurements

    21. Overview of Computer Log Interpretation Methods

    Alternative Topics for Geologists’ Course:

    22. Other Geological Applications of Resistivity, Porosity & GR Spectrum Measurements

    Discussion of examples & applications

    Alternative Topics for Engineers’ Course:

    23. Cased-Hole Logging Measurements

    Day 5

    Log Quality Control, Interpretation of Final Example

    24. Overview of Some Log Quality Control Issues

    25. Participants work in groups on 2nd example set of logs, preferably from general area of course, otherwise using a standard example from the North Sea (“Forties” example)

    26. Review of interpretation of 2nd set of logs, final summary and prize-giving, award of certificates

    Other Topics on Special Request, or as Time Permits:

    27. Overview of Dipole Sonic Measurements

    28. Electromagnetic Propagation Measurements

    29. Overview of Shaly Sand Interpretation

    30. Overview of Log Interpretation in Thin Sand/Shale sequences

    31. Overview of Log Applications in Shale – Oil/Gas Formations

    32. Overview of Log Interpretation in Complex Carbonate Reservoirs

    33. Overview of Different Approaches to Cement Bond Evaluation

    34. Overview of Production Logging in Horizontal Wells

    Participants will also be expected to do about an hour of “homework” each evening.

This training course uses both conventional and non-traditional techniques. It utilises small group and facilitated plenary discussions as well as instruction to explore key concepts, models, tools and techniques. Hands-on exercises and case studies are used to practice the application of knowledge and use of skills. Structured reviews provide the opportunity to consider how the learning can be applied to the delegates’ own work.

  • D.McKINSEY AND ASSOCIATES Ltd Certificate of Completion for individuals who attend and completes’ Modern Well Log Interpretation course.
  • Candidates who desire International Certifications shall be registered through our platform for such an examination.


D.Mckinsey is licensed to train and issue certificates by the following bodies;

–           Nigerian Council for Management Education, (CMD).

–           OGTAN (Oil and Gas Trainers Association of NIGERIA).

Kindly confirm space availability by calling +234 (0) 8023192104 or +234 (0) 9062386530 or send an email to,   For In-House training programs / on request, please contact us using above contact details.

MAY 13-17

AUG 5-9

NOV 4-8

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