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










5. ft. with ten division of 0. .) 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. wide each.25 in. 5. Every log is preceded by a header. The overall log width is 8. For most well logs. It shows pertinent information for proper interpretation of the log and in addition. °F/100 ft. Hydrostatic pressure – the pressure exerted by a column of fluid.1. Track 1 is always linear. Graphical solution of formation temperature is provided by Schlumberger Gen-6 chart. a 4-cycle logarithmic scale. wide separates tracks 1 and 2 where the depths are indicated. Hard copies of well logs are in standard API (American Petroleum Institute) log format. the common vertical scales used are l:200 and 1:500 but for image logs (microresistivity) it is usually 1:20 and 1:40. it is due to the column of drilling mud and is: Ph (psi) = 0. °F Ts = surface temperature (80°F) D = depth of formation. In the borehole.1.1 Log Presentation The values of the parameter measured are plotted continuously against depth in the well. A column 0.052 x height of fluid column (ft. or a combination of logarithmic scale in track 2 and linear scale in track 3. some details of the well and the log run.25 in.75 in. while tracks 2 and 3 may have a linear scale similar to track1.2 The Logging Environment Pressure Formation pressure – the pressure under which the subsurface formation fluids and gases are confined. Tf = formation temperature..5 in. with three tracks of 2.

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

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. Some resistivity logs (actually induction logs) measures conductivity instead which is the reciprocal of resistivity. Rxo). Estimate thickness of the potential reservoirs. Calculate porosity (Φ). Sxo) using resistivity (Rt. p. Calculate water saturations (Sw. bedding Gross lithologies characteristics Compaction. Resistivity is measured in ohm-meter2/meter. Table 5-3. Resistivity is the resistance measured between opposite faces of a unit cube of the substance at specified temperature. Figure here (Flow chart for log interpretation.2 Resistivity Logs Resistance is the opposition offered by a substance to the passage of electric current. Estimate in-place and movable hydrocarbons. distinguish non-permeable. Determine lithology (rock type) of the potential reservoirs.1. Determine resistivity of formation water (Rw). 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. Asquith. nonreservoir intervals from porous potential intervals.104-5) 5.5. overpressure Normal pressure trends and shale porosity Source rock identification Sonic and density log values Source rock maturation Formation temperature .3 Process of Interpretation • • • • • • • Identify potential reservoir intervals. more commonly shortened to just ohm-meter. Resistivity logs do not always measure resistivity directly.

no ground). 5. Idealized resistivity log. 5.Figure 5-2. and 3.3. a conductive fluid in the borehole. . 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. a difference in salinity (or pressure) between the borehole fluid and the formation fluid. a porous and permeable bed surrounded by an impermeable formation. Three factors are necessary to produce an SP current: 1. No artificial currents are applied.3 Spontaneous Potential and Gamma Ray The SP and GR logs measures naturally occurring physical phenomena in insitu rocks.

Figure 5-3. The definition of the SP zero. boundaries are sharper. (GR defines bed boundaries better.) Shale Baseline and SSP SP has no absolute values and thus treated quantitatively and qualitatively in terms of deflection. which is the amount the curve moves to the left or to the right of a defined zero. SP should not be used to determine bed boundaries. Table 5-3. place the bed boundary at the point of maximum curve slope. is made on thick shale intervals where the SP curve does not move. called shale baseline. All values are related to the shale baseline. . Idealized SP log. When there is considerable difference between mud and formation water resistivity. 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. currents will spread widely and the SP will deflect slowly: definition is poor. If it has to be used. When the resistivities are similar. In general.

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. It is the maximum possible SP opposite a permeable. The SSP is used to calculate formation-water resistivity (Rw). Rw/Rmf contrast.The theoretical maximum deflection of the SP opposite permeable beds is called the static SP or SSP. and high salinity drilling fluids. Shale content from SP is subject to complications due to SP noise. 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. HC content. . 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.24 x T°C) Shale Volume Vsh (%) = (1. water-bearing formation with no shale.133 x T°F) K = 65 + (0. SSP (Static SP)– the maximum SP value in a clean sand zone. It represents the SP value that would be measured in an ideal case with the permeable bed isolated electrically.

7 x IGR) . [2(2 x IGR) . Idealized GR and SGR log.0] Vsh = 0.1.2 Gamma Ray Figure 5-4.083 [2(3.0] I GR = GRlog − GRmin GRmax − GRmin . Volume of Shale from GR Vsh = 0.

1 Sonic Figure 5-5. Wyllie’s Time Average Equation ∆t = Φ ∆tf + (1. Idealized Sonic log.) ∆tf = transit time for the liquid filling the pore (usually 189 µs/ft.Φ) ∆tma Φ = porosity ∆t = log reading in microseconds/foot (µs/ft.5.) ∆tma = transit time for the rock type (matrix) comprising the formation Φ= ∆t − ∆t ma ∆t f − ∆t ma .4. density.4 Porosity Calculations – sonic. and neutron logs 5.

) ρ ma = transit time for the rock type (matrix) comprising the formation Φ= ρ ma − ρ b ρ ma − ρ f .) ρ f = transit time for the liquid filling the pore (usually 189 µs/ft.5.2 Density Figure 5-6.4. Idealized Density log. ρb = Φ ρf + (1.Φ) ρma Φ = porosity ρ = log reading in microseconds/foot (µs/ft.

5.3 Neutron Figure 5-7. 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 .

62 φ 2. F= 0.81 φ2 simplified Humble compacted formations 1 φ2 .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 5-8.5. Formation factor equations have been approximated through the years by various workers and the following are the commonly used. Schematic illustration of three formations with same porosity but different values of F (formation factor).15 F= F= best average for sands (Humble) 0.

15 Rw Ro Rt Sw Sw Calculations Conventional Quick look Rwa “F” overlay SP Quick Look Clean Formation Shaly . density).g. cannot be measured with logs) Induction Logs and Laterologs (deep resistivity) Sw hydrocarbons Ro = Sw 100% water Rt 0.Swn = Ro/Rt Sw = water saturation Rt = resistivity of rock when Sw < 1 Combining the above equations gives Archie’s equation. etc. Humble formula) and porosity as above SP or laboratory measurements of resistivities of formation water samples Ro = F x Rw (can only be calculated. cross-plots.62 × Rw φ 2. neutron. 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. the most fundamental equation in well logging. Calculated using empirical formulae (e.62 φ 2. 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.

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