Formation Evaluation Essentials

This five-session Virtual Mentored Learning (VML) program on Formation Evaluation Essentials covers a broad range of topics in each of the main aspects of formation evaluation in conventional hydrocarbon reservoirs. The course is designed to help participants gain at least an Awareness Competence Level (Level 1) in all the key areas of Formation Evaluation.

Taught by experienced industry specialists, participants will go through a series of technical topics that result in a fundamental understanding of formation evaluation. The program consists of the following weekly topics: overview of formation evaluation; formation evaluation data acquisition and analysis; open hole well logging; conventional and SCAL core analysis; and the fundamentals of well testing.

Additional information

Program Type



Full Program (Individual), Full Program (Team)


February 14 to March 18, 2022



Subject Area

Formation Evaluation

Program Content

Introductory Overview of Formation Evaluation; Formation Evaluation Data Acquisition; Open Hole Well Log Fundamentals; Conventional and SCAL Core Analysis; and Fundamentals of Well Testing.

Target Audience

Oil and gas industry professionals seeking to understand the essentials of formation evaluation as used to characterize reservoirs in exploration, appraisal, and hydrocarbon field development. General Management looking to better understand the application of formation evaluation within their organization. Any upstream petroleum industry professional looking to enhance their formation evaluation competencies will gain good value from this program.


Approximately 5 hours of self-study; one-hour online session with the mentor; an engaging assignment (2 hours to complete) with a subsequent review of example answers – on a weekly basis for five consecutive weeks. In total, at least 40 hours of technical training, equivalent to a 1-week full time course, delivered in a format enabling participants to continue with their daily job responsibilities.

Learning Formats

IPIMS e-Learning self-study, practical assignments, virtual mentored learning sessions including both group discussions and, where requested, individual mentoring with participants.

  • The e-Learning self-study component uses IHRDC’s award-winning IPIMS courses.
  • Practical assignments will be issued for the participants to complete in parallel with the e-Learning self-studies, and prior to the associated mentor sessions. The assignments should be completed prior to the virtual mentored meetings, in line with the best practice of “flipped learning” concept. Example answers to the assignments will be supplied after the course participants have completed their assignments.
  • Virtual mentored sessions allowing group discussions.
  • All course materials will be available through the dedicated IHRDC learning portal.

Program Content

Week One

Formation Evaluation Overview

The IPIMS e-Learning component in the first week covers the fundamentals of each of the following aspects: formation evaluation and the subsurface environment; rock and fluid properties, and their measurement by logging tools; laboratory measurements of rock and fluid properties; well testing and analysis.

The first IPIMS e-Learning topic, fluid sampling and analysis, reviews the basic properties of hydrocarbon reservoir fluids and formation waters. It illustrates phase behavior, PVT properties, and the categorization of reservoir fluids. This e-learning topic also describes the equipment and procedures for laboratory analyses and fluid sampling, including both surface and subsurface techniques. The correlations used to estimate reservoir fluid behavior are presented.

The weekly practical assignment associated with the IPIMS e-Learning is on the variety of methods available for the acquisition of data which can be integrated to enable a comprehensive formation evaluation.

Week Two

Formation Evaluation Data

The IPIMS e-Learning component of the second session covers the well logging equipment and operational procedures of both the wireline and logging while drilling (LWD) as well as log data acquisition modes.

The practical assignment associated with the IPIMS e-Learning is on wireline and LWD well logging operational decision-making and establishing criteria on which ones would be used to select the preferred well log acquisition technique.

Week Three

Well Logging

The IPIMS e-Learning component of the third session covers: quick-look well log interpretation techniques; the determination of the shale volume, porosity, lithology, and fluid saturation; petrophysical field studies.

The weekly team assignment associated with the IPIMS e-Learning is on open hole well log interpretation.

Week Four

Coring and Core Analysis

The IPIMS e-learning component of the fourth session covers the preparation of samples for core analysis covering porosity, permeability, and fluid saturation determination; core description and reporting; and special core analysis (SCAL).

The practical assignment will be on Pore Pressure, Overburden Pressure and Effective Stress.

Week Five

Well Testing

The IPIMS e-Learning component of the final weekly session covers pressure profiles at the wellbore; defining the wellbore-reservoir model; quantitative well test interpretation; well test planning and execution.

The final practical assignment associated with the IPIMS e-Learning is on the planning and implementation of well testing.