Development Geology


Knowing the controls on reservoir pore space distribution is critical to the appraisal, development, and efficient management of reservoirs. Participants learn, through hands-on exercises, to compile a development plan for a field that emphasizes optimal recovery. Emphasis is placed on the selection of rock, log and test data to distinguish reservoir and non-reservoir rocks, and to determine the lower limit of pay. Structural, stratigraphic, deposition and diagenetic concepts are used to locate drillsites and describe reservoirs. The input required to construct a geologic reservoir models is reviewed. Participants learn the importance of modifying development plans as a field becomes more mature and more data is available.


By the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Apply geological concepts, construct maps and sections and validate computer-generated interpretations.

  • Calculate subsurface volumes and assess their uncertainties.

  • Learn how to prepare a well proposal.

  • Plan appraisal wells and assess their economic value.

  • Acquire practical experience by working on an actual field study in teams.

  • Better understand their own role in the development life-cycle


  • Geologic characteristics that impact field development
  • Appraisal: Determining recoverable hydrocarbons
  • Reservoir fluid properties and saturation
  • Influence of capillarity on hydrocarbon distribution and fluid contacts
  • Reserve and resource evaluation
  • Volumetric reserve estimation and calculation
  • Stratigraphic influence on field production
  • Depositional and digenetic controls on reservoir rock, barriers, and hydrocarbon distribution
  • Describing reservoir rock to understand reservoir behavior in carbonate and clastic rocks
  • Determining if hydrocarbons can be recovered from in a given field, what is pay?
  • The impact of drive mechanism: aquifer characterization, distribution, and mapping
  • Seismic applications in appraisal and development
  • Development drilling: How to optimize hydrocarbon recovery
  • Economic impact on field development
  • Subdividing the reservoir into working units
  • Reservoir pore space configurations and mapping
  • Building a static reservoir model using deterministic and stochastic techniques
  • Key factors affecting the development of Fractured Reservoirs
  • Steps in building a geologic reservoir model
  • Impact on barriers on field development
  • Secondary and tertiary field development

Who Can Benefit?

Engineers, Geologists, Geophysicists and all those involved in reservoir appraisal and development projects