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Digital Core Analysis (RES40)


    This course provides an in-depth description of digital core analysis with an emphasis on fundamentals and practical applications. The course will allow reservoir engineers and petrophysicists to make the best use of the latest imaging and modelling technology. Using basic physical concepts, the course will show how to use pore-scale analysis to complement traditional measurements and to use the results intelligently to predict and interpret local displacement efficiency and field-scale recovery.

    Course Level: Advanced / Specialised
    Instructor: Martin J. Blunt

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • A reservoir engineer, petrophysicist or any other scientist or engineer interested in flow and transport processes in porous media

    How we build your confidence

    We start with scientific fundamentals and build carefully on this basic understanding to explain flow processes in porous media. A comprehensive set of discursive notes are supplemented with slides and explanations written on the board. Questions and discussion are encouraged.

    The benefits from attending

    By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:

    • The basic physical laws governing flow and transport, at the small scale
    • The latest developments in imaging and modelling technology (digital rock physics)
    • The prediction of multiphase flow - capillary pressure and relative permeability and how to use these quantities for the design and interpretation of field-scale recovery
    • How to use numerical predictions as a complement to direct experimental measurements


    • Recap of the fundamentals: wettability, capillary pressure, Darcy’s law, Fick’s law, relative permeability and conservation equations
    • Imaging and pore-scale experiments
    • Displacement processes and link to wettability and multiphase flow
    • Direct computation of flow and transport in segmented images: strengths, weaknesses and potential
    • Prediction of relative permeability and capillary pressure
    • Three-phase relative permeability
    • Consequences for large-scale recovery
    • Perspectives and future of digital rock technology

    Customer Feedback

    "It became quite clear of what to expect from digital rock models" - Reservoir Engineer at Wintershall

    "Good explanation of fluid flow behaviour at pore scale" - Operations Manager at Ingrain




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