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Pocket Pal" by E. R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng., first
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Cumulative and Average Reservoir Properties
The reservoir volume and flow capacity per unit area are steps
toward finding total reservoir volume. Average values for comparing
the quality of reservoirs are also useful results from log analysis.
Pore volume (per unit area), hydrocarbon pore volume, flow capacity,
and the averages of core porosity, water saturation,
permeability, net pay, net reservoir, net sand, and gross sand
are called mapable properties, petrophysical properties, or reservoir
1. Interpretation, Averaging and Use of
the Basic Geological-Engineering Data
D. Havlena, CIMM/PETSOC, 1966
Dynamic Reservoir Data: Part II – Interpretation, Averaging
and Use of the
Basic Geological-Engineering Data.
D. Havlena, CIMM/PETSOC, 1968
HPV - Cumulative Reservoir Properties
5: PV = SUM (PHIe * THICK * PAYFLAG)
Hydrocarbon pore volume (HPV).
6: HPV = SUM (PHIe * (1 - Sw) * THICK * PAYFLAG)
Flow capacity (KH).
7: KH = SUM (Perm * THICK * PAYFLAG)
8: PHIavg = PV / Hnet
Average water saturation.
9: SWavg = 1 - (HPV / PV)
a. Arithmetic average:
10: Kavg = KH / Hnet
b. Geometric average:
11: Kgeo = (PROD (Perm * THICK)) ^ (1 / Ns)
c. Harmonic average:
12: Khar = Hnet / (SUM (1 / (Perm * THICK)))
Hnet = net pay thickness (ft or m)
HPV = hydrocarbon volume (ft or m per unit area)
Kavg = arithmetic average permeability (md)
Kgeo = geometric average permeability (md)
KH = flow capacity (md-ft or md-m per unit area)
Khar = harmonic average permeability (md)
Ns = number of samples in product
Perm = permeability (md)
PHIavg = average porosity (fractional)
PHIe = effective porosity (fractional)
PV = pore volume (ft or m per unit area)
SWavg = average water saturation (fractional)
THICK = individual layer thickness (ft or m)
not use the following algorithm in thinly laminated shaly sands
- see alternate method shown below.
harmonic average most closely reflects radial flow into a borehole.
If equal sample intervals are used, this geometric formula becomes:
Kgeo = (PROD (Perm * INCR)) ^ (1 / INCR). where INCR = data
digitizing increment. It
does not give the same result as the previous version if layer
thicknesses are unequal.
Sample net pay table with average
and cumulative mapable properties
1. Assume three layers as follows:
Layer PHIe Sw Perm THICK (ft)
1 0.10 0.60 10 2
2 0.20 0.50 100 4
3 0.30 0.40 1000 6
all layers pass all cutoffs:
PV = 0.10 * 2 + 0.20 * 4 + 0.30 * 6 = 2.8 ft
HPV = 0.10 * (1 - 0.60) * 2 + 0.20 * (1 - 0.50) * 4 + 0.30 *
(1 - 0.40) * 6 = 1.56 ft
KH = 10 * 2 + 100 * 4 + 1000 * 6 = 6420 md-ft
Hnet = 2 + 4 + 6 = 12 ft
PHIavg = 2.8 / 12 = 0.233
SWavg = 1 - 1.56 / 2.8 = 0.443
Kavg = 6420 / 12 = 535 md
Kgeo = (10 * 2 * 100 * 4 * 1000 * 6) ^ (1 / 3) = 363 md
Khar = 12 / (1 / (10 * 2) + 1 / (100 * 4) + 1 / (1000 * 6)) =
equal sample intervals are used, (with INCR = 1.0),
Kgeo = 215 md
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hydrocarbon pore volume, flow capacity,
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"META/COR" spreadsheet for log analysis,
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Log Analysis Spreadsheet for
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Exanple of "META/LOG" input data and
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The Summary Table (shown below0 is also
off to the right.
Individual Answers and Summary Table
from "META/LOG" log analysis
spreadsheet. Compare to core analysis
results shown below.
Summary Table from "META/COR". Compare
values to "META/ESP" log analysis
Summary Table shown above.