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Shale Oil Characterization

Fundamentals of shale oil | Est. Length: 1hr

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The course is designed to provide a better understanding of shale oil reservoirs. It provides a method to improve your workflows to better suit your tight oil play. You will find that methods that worked for shale gas plays will not work for shale oil plays.

During this course we will cover:

  • Core issue with quantification of movable oil and identification of oil rich intervals
  • Fundamentals including evolution of organic matter content, porosity and clay mineralogy with thermal maturity
  • Challenges due to clay diagenesis, or lack thereof
  • Clay swelling and its impact on rock mechanical property
  • Ways to help mitigate related challenges during hydraulic stimulation
  • Wireline log methods that do not and ones that do work for shale oil play characterization

Who should take this course:

The course provides an intermediate to advanced level of knowledge and is best suited for professionals in the areas of Geology, Geophysics and Reservoir engineering who are involved in shale oil play assessment, appraisal and development.

Course Objective: By the end of this course you will be able to:

1) Better characterize and understand your shale oil reservoir
2) Understand the detrimental effects of clays (swelling clays) on rock stimulation and learn about the remedial steps to reduce their affects.
3) Gain an understanding of what tools and data are indispensable for obtaining useful reservoir characterization
4) Learn the process of data integration to assess and evaluate vertical heterogeneity and presence of movable hydrocarbons
5) Identify potential horizontal target intervals with high porosity and rich movable hydrocarbons saturations.

Estimated Course Length:

45min video lectures + 15 min of reading and quiz


Your Instructor


Prerna Singh PhD.
Prerna Singh PhD.

Prerna Singh is an Unconventional play specialist. She has a doctoral degree in geology focusing on facies and sequence stratigraphic studies of the Barnett Shale. She has more than a decade long work experience in onshore domestic shale plays including the Wolfcamp, Bone Springs, Barnett, Marcellus, Haynesville, Woodford, amongst others.

She interconnects geology, rock physics and geophysical data, wherever available, to tangibly solve subsurface jigsaw and constructs a coherent picture of the critical components necessary for highest hydrocarbon recovery. Over the years she has worked with Chevron, BP, Schlumberger, in projects involving Business Development, Research, Exploration and Appraisal. She has provided several in-classroom and online trainings to industry professionals in fields of geology and rock mechanics of unconventional plays covering areas of stratigraphy, petrophysics, mechanical rock properties and their applications in rock stimulation, frac conductivity, frac geometry and re-fracturing.


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When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does 12-month access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for 12 months as often as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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