MODULE 5 5.0 WELL LOG ANALYSIS 5.1 Wireline Geophysical Well Log – continuous recording of a geophysical parameter along a borehole.

Table 5-1. Common wireline geophysical well measurements (Rider, 1996) Measurement Log Type Parameter Measured Mechanical Caliper Hole diameter Spontaneous Temperature Borehole temperature Self-Potential (SP) Spontaneous electrical currents Gamma Ray (GR) Natural radioactivity Induced Resistivity Resistance to electric current Induction Conductivity of electric current Sonic Velocity of sound propagation Density Reaction to gamma ray bombardment Photoelectric Reaction to gamma ray bombardment Neutron Reaction to neutron bombardment Table 5-2. Principal uses of wireline logs (modified after Rider, 1996)
Photoelectric Temperature Gamma Ray Spectral GR Sonic SP

Log Uses
General Geology Lithology -- general Unusual lithology: Volcanics Evaporites Mineral identification Correlation: stratigraphy Facies, dep. environment Reservoir Geology Fracture identification Over-pressure identification Maturity Petrophysics Porosity Permeability Shale volume Formation water salinity Hydrocarbon saturation Gas identification Seismic Interval velocity

+ + C -

Geochemistry Source rock identification

dip Acoustic impedance Legend: (-) essentially qualitative; (+) qualitative and semi-quantitative; (C) strictly quantitative

- - + + + + - - - - + + - - - - + - + - - - - - - - + + + + + + + + + + + C C C + + C - C dip C C


Image logs










or a combination of logarithmic scale in track 2 and linear scale in track 3. some details of the well and the log run. a 4-cycle logarithmic scale. while tracks 2 and 3 may have a linear scale similar to track1.5 in.) x density (ppg) Overpressure – any pressure above the hydrostatic (or normal) pressure Temperature Geothermal gradient G = 100 (Tf − Ts ) / D Formation temperature Tf = Ts + G(D/100) G = geothermal gradient. A column 0. with ten division of 0.1. °F/100 ft.75 in. 5. . In the borehole.1 Log Presentation The values of the parameter measured are plotted continuously against depth in the well.. It shows pertinent information for proper interpretation of the log and in addition.2 The Logging Environment Pressure Formation pressure – the pressure under which the subsurface formation fluids and gases are confined. Tf = formation temperature.1.25 in. °F Ts = surface temperature (80°F) D = depth of formation. it is due to the column of drilling mud and is: Ph (psi) = 0. with three tracks of 2. The overall log width is 8. the common vertical scales used are l:200 and 1:500 but for image logs (microresistivity) it is usually 1:20 and 1:40. Hydrostatic pressure – the pressure exerted by a column of fluid. Hard copies of well logs are in standard API (American Petroleum Institute) log format.052 x height of fluid column (ft. For most well logs. Graphical solution of formation temperature is provided by Schlumberger Gen-6 chart. Track 1 is always linear. wide separates tracks 1 and 2 where the depths are indicated. wide each.5.25 in. ft. Every log is preceded by a header.

Borehole Geometry From caliper Gauged hole – diameter of hole is about equal to the bit size Increased borehole diameter Washout – general drilling wear.mud cake formation indicates permeability and involves loss of mud filtrate into a permeable formation – invasion. considerable vertical extent Keyseat – asymmetric oval holes.generally due to formation of mud cake Mud cake thickness = (bit size diameter – caliper diameter reading)/2 . . Invasion Profile Figure 5-1 (Gen-3. esp. small brittle fractures (spalling) due to existing stress regime of the country rock Decreased borehole diameter . Schlumberger Charts) shows invasion by mud filtrate of a permeable bed in a borehole. formed by wear against the drill string at points where the borehole inclination changes (doglegs) Breakout – similar to keyseat but not due to doglegs. both caliper larger than bit size. Also shown are the nomenclature of the corresponding resistivities and saturations in each zone. in shaly zones and dipping beds.

Rxo). distinguish non-permeable. Estimate in-place and movable hydrocarbons. Calculate water saturations (Sw. Table 5-3. Principal uses of the resistivity and induction logs Used for Knowing Formation water resistivity (Rw) Quantitative Fluid saturation: Mud filtrate resistivity (Rmf) Formation Porosity (φ) [and F] Invaded zone Temperature (detect hydrocarbons) SemiTexture Calibration with cores quantitative Lithology Mineral resistivities and Correlation qualitative Facies. nonreservoir intervals from porous potential intervals.3 Process of Interpretation • • • • • • • Identify potential reservoir intervals.1. Determine lithology (rock type) of the potential reservoirs.104-5) 5.5. Sxo) using resistivity (Rt.2 Resistivity Logs Resistance is the opposition offered by a substance to the passage of electric current. overpressure Normal pressure trends and shale porosity Source rock identification Sonic and density log values Source rock maturation Formation temperature . bedding Gross lithologies characteristics Compaction. resistivity (ohms m2/m) = 1 × 1000 (millimhos/m) conductivity Induction logs are used in wells drilled with a relatively fresh-water mud (low salinity) to obtain more accurate value of true resistivity. Estimate thickness of the potential reservoirs. Resistivity logs do not always measure resistivity directly. Figure here (Flow chart for log interpretation. Resistivity is measured in ohm-meter2/meter. Calculate porosity (Φ). Determine resistivity of formation water (Rw). Some resistivity logs (actually induction logs) measures conductivity instead which is the reciprocal of resistivity. Asquith. Resistivity is the resistance measured between opposite faces of a unit cube of the substance at specified temperature. more commonly shortened to just ohm-meter. p.

. no ground). Idealized resistivity log.3. Three factors are necessary to produce an SP current: 1. a conductive fluid in the borehole.3 Spontaneous Potential and Gamma Ray The SP and GR logs measures naturally occurring physical phenomena in insitu rocks. 5. 2. No artificial currents are applied. 5. a porous and permeable bed surrounded by an impermeable formation. a difference in salinity (or pressure) between the borehole fluid and the formation fluid. and 3.Figure 5-2.1 Spontaneous Potential The SP log is a measurement of the natural potential difference or self potential between an electrode in the borehole and a reference electrode at the surface (problem with offshore wells.

place the bed boundary at the point of maximum curve slope. currents will spread widely and the SP will deflect slowly: definition is poor. If it has to be used. which is the amount the curve moves to the left or to the right of a defined zero. When there is considerable difference between mud and formation water resistivity. is made on thick shale intervals where the SP curve does not move.) Shale Baseline and SSP SP has no absolute values and thus treated quantitatively and qualitatively in terms of deflection. .Figure 5-3. Table 5-3. SP should not be used to determine bed boundaries. When the resistivities are similar. Principal uses of the SP log Used for Quantitative Formation-water resistivity Qualitative Shale volume Permeability indicator Facies (shaliness) Correlation Knowing Mud filtrate resistivity and formation temperature SSP (static SP) and shale line Shale line Clay/Grain size relationships Bed Boundary Definition and Bed Resolution Sharpness of a bed boundary depends on the shape and extent of the SPO current patterns. (GR defines bed boundaries better. boundaries are sharper. Idealized SP log. called shale baseline. In general. The definition of the SP zero. All values are related to the shale baseline.

133 x T°F) K = 65 + (0.The theoretical maximum deflection of the SP opposite permeable beds is called the static SP or SSP. SSP (Static SP)– the maximum SP value in a clean sand zone. water-bearing formation with no shale. Formation-water Resistivity (Rw) (S)SP = − K log ( Rmf )e ( Rw)e S(SP) = SP value: this should be the SSP (Rmf)e = equivalent mud filtrate resistivity: closely related to Rmf (Rw)e = equivalent formation water resistivity: closely related to Rw K = temperature-dependent coefficient K = 61+ (0. It is the maximum possible SP opposite a permeable. The formula simply assumes that the SP deflection between the shale base line (100% shale) and the static SP in a clean sand (0% shale) is proportional to the shale volume. and high salinity drilling fluids. Rw/Rmf contrast. This is qualitatively true but quantitatively there is no theoretical basis.0 − PSP ) × 100 SSP PSP (Pseudo-static SP) – the SP value in the water–bearing shaly sand zone read from the SP log. HC content. It represents the SP value that would be measured in an ideal case with the permeable bed isolated electrically.24 x T°C) Shale Volume Vsh (%) = (1. . The SSP is used to calculate formation-water resistivity (Rw). Shale content from SP is subject to complications due to SP noise.

7 x IGR) .3. Idealized GR and SGR log.0] Vsh = 0.5. Volume of Shale from GR Vsh =] I GR = GRlog − GRmin GRmax − GRmin .33 [2(2 x IGR) .2 Gamma Ray Figure 5-4.083 [2(3.

and neutron logs 5. Idealized Sonic log.5.1 Sonic Figure 5-5. Wyllie’s Time Average Equation ∆t = Φ ∆tf + (1.4 Porosity Calculations – sonic.4.) ∆tma = transit time for the rock type (matrix) comprising the formation Φ= ∆t − ∆t ma ∆t f − ∆t ma . density.Φ) ∆tma Φ = porosity ∆t = log reading in microseconds/foot (µs/ft.) ∆tf = transit time for the liquid filling the pore (usually 189 µs/ft.

) ρ f = transit time for the liquid filling the pore (usually 189 µs/ft.) ρ ma = transit time for the rock type (matrix) comprising the formation Φ= ρ ma − ρ b ρ ma − ρ f .5. ρb = Φ ρf + (1.Φ) ρma Φ = porosity ρ = log reading in microseconds/foot (µs/ft.4.2 Density Figure 5-6. Idealized Density log.

5. Idealized Neutron log.4. Read directly from logs May need matrix correction Φ= φD + φN 2 if no light hydrocarbons Φ= φD + φN 2 if light hydrocarbons as present .3 Neutron Figure 5-7.

F= 0.5.5 Water Saturation (Sw) Calculations Archie’s Equation F = Ro/Rw F = formation resistivity factor or simply formation factor Ro = resistivity of rock when water saturation is 1 (100% saturated) Rw = resistivity of saturating water F= a φm Φ =porosity a = cementation factor m = cementation exponent Figure 5-8. Formation factor equations have been approximated through the years by various workers and the following are the commonly used.81 φ2 simplified Humble compacted formations 1 φ2 . Schematic illustration of three formations with same porosity but different values of F (formation factor).62 φ 2.15 F= F= best average for sands (Humble) 0.

g.15 Rw Ro Rt Sw Sw Calculations Conventional Quick look Rwa “F” overlay SP Quick Look Clean Formation Shaly . etc. Calculated using empirical formulae (e. cross-plots.Swn = Ro/Rt Sw = water saturation Rt = resistivity of rock when Sw < 1 Combining the above equations gives Archie’s equation.62 φ 2.62 × Rw φ 2. neutron. Humble formula) and porosity as above SP or laboratory measurements of resistivities of formation water samples Ro = F x Rw (can only be calculated. cannot be measured with logs) Induction Logs and Laterologs (deep resistivity) Sw hydrocarbons Ro = Sw 100% water Rt 0. the most fundamental equation in well logging. Sw = Symbol Φ Character Porosity F (formation factor) Formation water resistivity Rock resistivity saturated 100% with water True formation resistivity Water saturation of pores 0. Swn = aRw Rw =F m φ Rt Rt Practical average Archie’s Equation – general equation for finding water saturation.15 × Rt Derived from Porosity logs (sonic. density).

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