TPG4180 - Petrophysics, Interpretation of Well Data, Advanced Course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course covers selected topics from well data acquisition methods and the interpretation of these data, extending the concepts taught in the basic course in petrophysics. Integration of data from well logs, core analysis and surface logging. Petrophysical concepts and models. Properties of clay and shale. Water saturation models in shaly formations. Advanced well log measurement techniques including nuclear spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, tri-axial induction, dielectric dispersion and borehole imaging. Fluid analysis and sampling. Introduction to cased hole logging.

Learning outcome

Ingress: The course builds on course TPG4175, and more advanced and different measurements and the interpretation from these measurements. Skilled people from industry teach parts of the course.

Knowledge: Surface logging - also called mud logging, logging for rock properties behind casing, radioactive spectrometry, neutron life time measurements for saturation behind casing, shale and clay properties, water saturation in shaly rocks. Acoustic and electrical imaging in boreholes, magnetic resonance logging, induction logging, pressure measurements, logging while drilling, coring, geomechanics, fluid typing.

Skills: The students shall understand the taught methods and interpret the data from these.

General competence: During group work the students learn to cooperate and to take responsibility for their part of the assignments given. By working with real data from the field, they learn to understand that real data can be uncertain and that one has to use common sense and understanding in order to find good answers to the interpretation problems.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and group work. PBL may be used. Compulsory exercises. Lectures are given in English. The course is evaluated by a reference group.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

The examination papers are given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments. If there is a re-sit examination, the form of assessment may be changed from written to oral examination.

Required previous knowledge

Knowledge as in TPG4175. Ask permission from lecturer if you do not have the required background.

Course materials

Articles, lecture notes and other relevant literature.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIG4052 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Formation Evaluation
  • Petrophysics
  • Well Logging
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D 2024-05-07 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL110 Sluppenvegen 14 24
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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