Geophysics for Petroleum Engineers


  • Fred Aminzadeh, Professor of Petroleum and Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • Shivaji Dasgupta, Saudi ARAMCO, Dahran, Saudi Arabia

Geophysics for Petroleum Engineers focuses on the applications of geophysics in addressing petroleum engineering problems. It explores the complementary features of geophysical techniques in better understanding, characterizing, producing and monitoring reservoirs.

This book introduces engineers to geophysical methods so that they can communicate with geophysicist colleagues and appreciate the benefits of their work. These chapters describe fundamentals of geophysical techniques, their physical bases, their applications and limitations, as well as possible pitfalls in their misuse. Case study examples illustrate the integration of geophysical data with various other data types for predicting and describing reservoir rocks and fluid properties. The examples come from all over the world, with several case histories from the fields in the Middle East.

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Geophysicists, geophysical engineers and petroleum engineers


Book information

  • Published: December 2013
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-50662-7

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Fundamentals of Petroleum Geology
a. Introduction
b. Petroleum Reservoirs
3. Fundamentals of Formation Evaluation
a. Introduction to Well Logs
b. Lithology Logs
c. Porosity Logs
d. Saturation Logs
4. Fundamentals of Petroleum Geophysics
a. Introduction
b. Seismic Reflection Technique
c. Multicomponent Seismic
d. Non-Seismic Methods
e. VSP and Checkshot Surveys
f. Crosswell Seismic and Crosswell EM
5. Fundamentals of Geostatistics
6. Reservoir Characterization
a. Static Reservoir characterization
b. Geophysics for reserves and resources estimation
7. Reservoir Monitoring 
a. Time lapse Geophysics
b. EOR monitoring
c. CO2 Sequestration and monitoring
8. Drilling with Geophysics
a. Geosteering and Seismic While Drilling (SWD)
b. Pressure Prediction
c. Infill Drilling
9. Geophysics for unconventional Resources
a. Characterizing  fracture system
b. Hydraulic fracture monitoring