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Handbook of Borehole Acoustics and Rock Physics for Reservoir Characterization - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128122044, 9780128123324

Handbook of Borehole Acoustics and Rock Physics for Reservoir Characterization

1st Edition

Authors: Vimal Saxena Michel Krief Ludmila Adam
Paperback ISBN: 9780128122044
eBook ISBN: 9780128123324
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 28th April 2018
Page Count: 484
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The Handbook of Borehole Acoustics and Rock Physics for Reservoir Characterization combines in a single useful handbook the multidisciplinary domains of the petroleum industry, including the fundamental concepts of rock physics, acoustic logging, waveform processing, and geophysical application modeling through graphical examples derived from field data. It includes results from core studies, together with graphics that validate and support the modeling process, and explores all possible facets of acoustic applications in reservoir evaluation for hydrocarbon exploration, development, and drilling support.

The Handbook of Borehole Acoustics and Rock Physics for Reservoir Characterization serves as a technical guide and research reference for oil and gas professionals, scientists, and students in the multidisciplinary field of reservoir characterization through the use of petrosonics. It overviews the fundamentals of borehole acoustics and rock physics, with a focus on reservoir evaluation applications, explores current advancements through updated research, and identifies areas of future growth.

Key Features

  • Presents theory, application, and limitations of borehole acoustics and rock physics through field examples and case studies
  • Features "Petrosonic Workflows" for various acoustic applications and evaluations, which can be easily adapted for practical reservoir modeling and interpretation
  • Covers the potential advantages of acoustic-based techniques and summarizes key results for easy geophysical application


Geologists, petrophysicists, geophysicists, oil and gas industry

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Introduction to Wave Propagation
3. Borehole Acoustic Logging
4. Rock Physics Models
5. Sonic Porosity-Lithology
6. Stoneley Permeability
7. Acoustic Saturation
8. Anisotropy Evaluation
9. Rock Strength And Stress Analysis
10. Core Elasticity Measurements
11. Casedhole Acoustics
12. Rock Physics Workflow and Example

A. Elastic Properties of Rock Minerals
B. Elastic/Physical Properties of Fluids
C. Conversion Table


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About the Authors

Vimal Saxena

Vimal Saxena initially worked as a Solar Energy Scientist (1980 – 1982) and served as Lecture in Physics at Sagar University in India (1983-84). He joined Oil & Natural Gas Corporation, India in 1985, and served in different Petrophysics positions until 2006. He also worked as Research Petrophysicist in ONGC-Schlumberger Joint Research Center, India (1988-93) and served Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, India as Petrophysics Advisor (1997-2002). He joined Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) in 2006 and worked as Lead Petrophysicist until 2012. He also served as Exploration Team Lead (Petrophysics) in PDO. He later served Salamander Energy Singapore as Petrophysics Advisor & Head during 2012-15 and was responsible for company’s extensive exploration and development plans. He has authored or co-authored 12 research papers, and authored more than hundred interpretation reports, manuals and field development plans for ONGC, PDO and Salamander. Mr. Saxena also holds a patent for rock physics modelling.

Affiliations and Expertise

Independent Consultant, Petrophysics and Rock Physics, New Delhi, India

Michel Krief

Michel Krief’s vast experience covers Africa, Europe, South America and the Middle East. He started his career with Schlumberger and served at different fields as Field Engineer (1975-83). Later he joined Copgo-Hunting to serve as Production logging engineer (1984-87). He joined CGGVeritas and worked at various positions of Petrophysicist, Acoustic Petrophysicist and FE Software specialist (1988-2002). He served PDO, Oman as Senior Acoustic Petrophysicist (2002-05). Later he served as Consulting Petrophysicist at Ipedex-Spie, Paradigm Geophysical and Beicip-Franlab (2005-07). He joined Maersk Oil & Gas to serve as Senior Petrophysicist (2007-14). In 2104 Michel Krief joined OMV Exploration & Production as Senior Petrophysicist to strengthen not only the Formation Evaluation in the assessment of carbonate and fractured reservoirs but also to contribute significantly to the interdisciplinary rock-physics activities in quantitative interpretation, fluid-substitution and poroelastic modelling within the Petroleum Engineering function.

Affiliations and Expertise

OMV Exploration & Production

Ludmila Adam

Ludmila Adam is a Senior Lecturer for the School of Environment at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her expertise and research interests include elastic and viscoelastic laboratory measurements and modeling of rock physics. Her research integrates laboratory and well log analysis in the context of quantitative seismic for reservoir characterization, rock-fluid interactions in CO2 sequestration, geothermal energy, fault mechanics, and volcanology. Her published research includes more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles and conference papers for SEG/EAGE/AGU.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Environment, University of Auckland, New Zealand


"A good balance between mathematics and applications makes this book an accessible reference for students, researchers, and industry professionals interested in the characterization of reservoirs using borehole acoustic waves." --The Leading Edge

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