Mineralogy Aspects of Reservoir Quality Evaluation with a Focus on Clay Minerals – Conventional and Un-Conventional Reservoirs

11 November 2014
Houston, Texas, United States
Who Should Attend
This course is suitable for geologists, engineers, and petrophysicists who would like to have an introduction to (or a review of) mineralogical aspects of reservoir quality evaluation. Practical experience in working with mineralogy is not required. We will review the basic aspects of mineralogy and then build on that information

The objective is to instill enough fundamental and applied information about mineralogy so that a person will know what questions are relevant when formulating a work flow for a project, when evaluating real data, or when trying to figure out what might have “gone wrong” during a project.

Course Content

The course will begin with a review of the classification of sedimentary rocks (SedRx) with a focus on their origin (from protolith to depositional environment). Next, the classification of minerals commonly found in SedRx will be discussed with a focus on which minerals might be expected in various types of SedRx. For instance, what minerals might be expected in siliciclastic rocks and what minerals might be expected in carbonate rocks? The crystal structure, chemistry, and properties of pertinent mineral groups will be discussed with a focus on how the minerals might affect reservoir quality (RQ), diagenetic trends, and production issues. Clay minerals (origin, classification, chemistry, properties, and effects on RQ) will be a particular focus. The effects of minerals on well log evaluation of porosity (where grain density is paramount) and water saturation (where cation exchange capacity is paramount) will be discussed. Methods for studying and interpreting mineralogy (thin section, XRD, SEM, XRF, standard well logs, special well logs …) will be reviewed with a focus on how this information might be used in exploration and production. Handling differences in matrix components that might exist between conventional and unconventional reservoir rocks (spec. “organic matter”) will be addressed.

Course notes will be provided in digital format on USB flash drive only, so electronic devices with a USB port are required for all courses. If you do not have access to an electronic device with a USB port, please contact the AAPG Education Dept. for an alternate method to download the digital course notes.

Norris Conference Center - CityCentre, Houston, TX
Norris Conference Center - CityCentre, Houston, TX
816 Town & Country Lane, Suite 210
Houston Texas 77024
United States
(713) 590-0950
Expires on
13 November, 2014
Regular Tuition (1-day)
50 people
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Includes refreshments and buffet lunch each day in addition to digital course notes. No refunds for cancellations after 13 October 2014.


Eric Eric Eslinger eGAMLS and The College of Saint Rose, Glenmont, NY
Vicky Vicky Kroh Registrar, Education Department +1 918 560 2650 +1 918 560 2678
Debbi Debbi Boonstra Education Manager +1 918 560-2630

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