Core Analysis

Core Analysis

A Best Practice Guide

1st Edition - December 8, 2015
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  • Authors: Colin McPhee, Jules Reed, Izaskun Zubizarreta
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444635334
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444636577

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Core Analysis: A Best Practice Guide is a practical guide to the design of core analysis programs. Written to address the need for an updated set of recommended practices covering special core analysis and geomechanics tests, the book also provides unique insights into data quality control diagnosis and data utilization in reservoir models. The book's best practices and procedures benefit petrophysicists, geoscientists, reservoir engineers, and production engineers, who will find useful information on core data in reservoir static and dynamic models. It provides a solid understanding of the core analysis procedures and methods used by commercial laboratories, the details of lab data reporting required to create quality control tests, and the diagnostic plots and protocols that can be used to identify suspect or erroneous data.

Key Features

  • Provides a practical overview of core analysis, from coring at the well site to laboratory data acquisition and interpretation
  • Defines current best practice in core analysis preparation and test procedures, and the diagnostic tools used to quality control core data
  • Provides essential information on design of core analysis programs and to judge the quality and reliability of core analysis data ultimately used in reservoir evaluation
  • Of specific interest to those working in core analysis, porosity, relative permeability, and geomechanics


Petrophysicists, geoscientists, reservoir engineers and production engineers

Table of Contents

    • Series Editor's Preface
    • Preface
    • Chapter 1: Best Practice in Coring and Core Analysis
      • Abstract
      • 1.1 Core Analysis Data: The Foundation of Formation Evaluation
      • 1.2 Core Analysis Data Uncertainty
      • 1.3 Core Analysis Management Framework
      • 1.4 Best Practice in Core Analysis: An Overview
    • Chapter 2: Wellsite Core Acquisition, Handling and Transportation
      • Abstract
      • 2.1 Coring Systems
      • 2.2 Conventional Coring Operations
      • 2.3 Coring Fluids
      • 2.4 Core Damage and Core Fluid/Petrophysical Property Alteration
      • 2.5 Best Practice in Wellsite Handling
      • 2.6 Special Handling Considerations for Difficult Rock Types
    • Chapter 3: Core Laboratory Processing and Screening
      • Abstract
      • 3.1 Introduction
      • 3.2 Core Receipt and Cutting
      • 3.3 CT Scanning
      • 3.4 Gamma Ray Logging
      • 3.5 Removal from Liners
      • 3.6 Core Viewing and Sample Selection
      • 3.7 Sample Preservation
      • 3.8 Core Plugging
      • 3.9 Core Slabbing
      • 3.10 Core Resination
      • 3.11 Core Photography and Imaging
      • 3.12 Weak or Unconsolidated Core Processing
    • Chapter 4: Core Sample Preparation
      • Abstract
      • 4.1 Introduction
      • 4.2 Cleaning
      • 4.3 Core Drying
      • 4.4 Quality Control Issues, Checks and Diagnostics
      • 4.5 Clays and Clay Damage Mechanisms
      • 4.6 Core Conditioning for Porosity Measurements
      • 4.7 Special Considerations in Core Preparation
    • Chapter 5: Routine Core Analysis
      • Abstract
      • 5.1 Introduction
      • 5.2 Fluid Saturation Measurements
      • 5.3 Porosity Measurements
      • 5.4 Permeability Measurements
      • 5.5 Whole Core Analysis Measurements
    • Chapter 6: Preparation for Special Core Analysis
      • Abstract
      • 6.1 Fluid Preparation and Characterisation
      • 6.2 Interfacial Tension
      • 6.3 Sample Selection for SCAL
      • 6.4 Reservoir Stress Estimation
    • Chapter 7: Wettability and Wettability Tests
      • Abstract
      • 7.1 Introduction
      • 7.2 Contact Angle Method
      • 7.3 Amott (Amott–Harvey) Method
      • 7.4 USBM Method
      • 7.5 Combined Amott–USBM (Combination) Method
    • Chapter 8: Electrical Property Tests
      • Abstract
      • 8.1 Introduction
      • 8.2 FRF Tests
      • 8.3 Resistivity Index Tests
      • 8.4 Waxman–Smits Parameters
      • 8.5 Alternative Method for Saturation Exponent Determination
    • Chapter 9: Capillary Pressure
      • Abstract
      • 9.1 Introduction
      • 9.2 Primary Drainage Capillary Pressure
      • 9.3 High Speed Centrifuge
      • 9.4 Porous Plate (Semi-Permeable Membrane): Primary Drainage
      • 9.5 Mercury–Air (MICP)
      • 9.6 Capillary Pressure Methods: Equilibration Times
      • 9.7 Summary of Drainage Capillary Pressure Methods
      • 9.8 Data Corrections
    • Chapter 10: Relative Permeability
      • Abstract
      • 10.1 Introduction
      • 10.2 Measurement Techniques
      • 10.3 Test Data Interpretation Methodology
      • 10.4 Sample Selection, Test State and Test Conditions
      • 10.5 Measurement Descriptions
      • 10.6 Critical Gas Saturation (Depressurisation)
      • 10.7 Experimental Data Provision
      • 10.8 Summary and Recommendations
    • Chapter 11: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
      • Abstract
      • 11.1 Introduction
      • 11.2 Nuclear Spin Relaxation in Rocks
      • 11.3 NMR Relaxation and Pore Size
      • 11.4 Porosity from NMR
      • 11.5 Clay-Bound Water
      • 11.6 Permeability Estimation
      • 11.7 NMR Tests on Core
      • 11.8 NMR Core Measurement Summary
    • Chapter 12: Geomechanics Tests
      • Abstract
      • 12.1 Introduction
      • 12.2 Sample Selection and Preparation
      • 12.3 Unconfined Compressive Strength Tests
      • 12.4 Triaxial Compression Strength Tests
      • 12.5 Triaxial Testing of Shales
      • 12.6 Thick-Wall Cylinder Tests
      • 12.7 Tensile Strength Tests
      • 12.8 Acoustic Velocity (Travel Time) Tests
      • 12.9 DSCA Tests
      • 12.10 Pore Volume Compressibility Tests
      • 12.11 Particle Size Analysis Tests
    • Chapter 13: Example of a Core Analysis Programme
      • Abstract
      • 13.1 Introduction
      • 13.2 Core Analysis Focal Point
      • 13.3 Design and Management
      • 13.4 Lithological Considerations for RCA and SCAL
      • 13.5 Routine Core Analysis
      • 13.6 SCAL Programme
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 852
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2015
  • Published: December 8, 2015
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444635334
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444636577

About the Authors

Colin McPhee

Colin McPhee is widely recognised as an industry expert in core analysis, petrophysics, geomechanics, and formation damage. His 40 years’ experience includes major integrated petrophysics and geomechanics projects for fields in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the North Sea. Currently, Colin is Global Technical Head for Geomechanics and Rock properties for LR Senergy, advising clients on petrophysical and geomechanical aspects of field development, asset evaluation and well construction.

After working as a wellsite geologist in the North Sea then a geotechnical engineer, Colin joined the Department of Petroleum Engineering in Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh in 1980 where he was responsible for technical and operational supervision of departmental research projects, involving petrophysical core analysis and fluid flow in porous media. He later joined Edinburgh Petroleum Services where he managed its core analysis laboratory equipment division and core testing laboratory, and developed one of the first core analysis audit and laboratory management consultancies in the world. Since then he has managed over 200 core analysis programmes for Helix RDS and LR Senergy and has audited over 50,000 SCAL measurements . His active promotion of closer cooperation between stakeholders and core analysis vendors and his innovative solutions in SCAL data interpretation has ensured that core data are more reliable, robust and representative. Colin developed an industry-leading, independent training course in core analysis data acquisition and utilisation in 1990 and has now taught over 100 courses to over 1500 industry professionals, worldwide. Colin has written several technical papers, regularly presents at industry conferences worldwide and has been a Technical Editor for the Society of Petroleum Engineers Formation Evaluation publication. He was a SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2010-2011, lecturing on core analysis. Colin has a BSc in applied geology from Strathclyde University and a masters in civil engineering from Glasgow University.

Affiliations and Expertise

LR Senergy Ltd., UK

Jules Reed

Jules Reed is Senergy’s Global Core Analysis Manager and has over 20 years’ experience in routine and special core analysis and coreflooding studies gained with Core Laboratories, Corex UK, ResLab, and most recently, Weatherford Labs where he was Technical Director, Core Services. He has specialized in product development, data quality control, training and design and interpretation of specialist coreflood/dynamic test studies (including CO2, WAG, EOR and IOR). Jules has held several board positions in the Society of Core Analysts including VP Technology and President, and was Chapter Chairman of SPE Trondheim Section

Affiliations and Expertise

LR Senergy Ltd., UK

Izaskun Zubizarreta

Izaskun Zubizaretta is currently a Principal Core Analysis Specialist with Senergy and has 14 years experience in the interpretation and performance of core analysis, being involved in project management programmes and core data analysis for national oil companies as well as several independent operators.

Affiliations and Expertise

LR Senergy Ltd., UK

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  • ALFONSOQUAGLIA Sun Feb 02 2020

    It covers practically every single

    It covers practically every single subject about core analysis...

  • PabloBartolome Mon Jul 15 2019

    Excellent book, a classic and

    Excellent book, a classic and must have for anybody interested in Core Analysis

  • Abdulrauf A. Sun Sep 09 2018

    A great reference book

    Core analysis simplified. This book is an embodiment of decades of knowledge and experience in core analysis

  • Abdelrahman E. Fri Mar 16 2018

    A great book to read

    This is one of the best books for reservoir engineers, petrophysicists, log analysts and geologists to understand the best practice for core program, data QA/QC and further integration with other datasets. I highly recommend this book for everyone.

  • George H. Tue Mar 13 2018

    Core Analysis: A Best Practice Guide

    Excellent book, well written, well organized, refer to it frequently.