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.

Key Features

  • Introduces geophysical methods to engineers
  • Helps understanding, characterizing, producing and monitoring of geophysical techniques
  • Updates the changing needs of reservoir engineering


Geophysicists, geophysical engineers and petroleum engineers

Table of Contents



Series Editor's Preface


Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Petroleum Geology

Chapter 3 Petroleum geophysics

Chapter 4 Petrophysics

Chapter 5 Geostatistics

Chapter 6 Reservoir Characterization

Chapter 7 Reservoir Monitoring

Chapter 8 Geophysics in Drilling

Chapter 9 Geophysics for Unconventional Resources

Chapter 1. Introduction

1.1 Purpose of the Book

1.2 Geoscience Disciplines

1.3 Geoengineering Concept

1.4 Integration of Disciplines

1.5 Continuous Measurements in Intelligent Field

1.6 Petroleum Geology

1.7 Formation Evaluation—Petrophysics

1.8 Geostatistics

1.9 Reservoir Characterization

1.10 Reservoir Monitoring

1.11 Geophysics in Drilling

1.12 Geophysics for Unconventional Resources


Chapter 2. Fundamentals of Petroleum Geology


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Formation of Organic Matter

2.3 Origin of Petroleum

2.4 Occurrence of Petroleum Systems

2.5 Sedimentation and Deformation Process

2.6 Geologic Times

2.7 Petroleum Reservoirs

2.8 Hydrocarbon Reservoirs

2.9 Petroleum Traps

2.10 Traps Associated with Fracture Networks

2.11 Reservoir Rocks

2.12 The Role of a Geologist

2.13 The Role of Geophysics

2.14 Exploration and Appraisal Wells


Chapter 3. Fundamentals of Petroleum Geophysics


3.1 Introduction

3.2 Geophysical Techniques

3.3 Inversion of Geophysical Data

3.4 Seismic Reflection Technique

3.5 Seismic Wave Propagation and Attenuation

3.6 Seismic Data Acquisition

3.7 Seismic Data Processing

3.8 Seismic Resolution

3.9 Seismic Modeling

3.10 Seismic Attributes

3.11 S


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About the authors

Fred Aminzadeh

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Petroleum and Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Shivaji Dasgupta

Affiliations and Expertise

Saudi ARAMCO, Dahran, Saudi Arabia