The 2018-19 Dallas Chapter Officers:

PresidentMriganko Sarkar (Pioneer Natural Resources), Mriganko.Sarkar@PXD.com

VP/TechnologySteve Brakeen (Primexx Corp.), Steve.Brakeen@Primexx.com

Secretary, Aaron Green (Schlumberger), AGreen@SLB.com

TreasurerRay Wydrinski (Pioneer Natural Resources), Ray.Wydrinski@PXD.com

Next Monthly Chapter Meeting:   January 10, 2019,  2rd Thursday

 The Dallas chapter will continue to meet in the DeGolyer & MacNaughton sponsored business conference room located in the Providence Towers building at  5001 Spring Valley Road in North Dallas. Located north of LBJ (I-635), south of Belt Line Road, and on the west side of the North Dallas Tollway, this building has the large open archway in its middle and has a red granite facade. The meeting room is located on the 1st floor of the East Tower. Parking is underground ($1) and can be accessed from either Spring Valley Road or from the southbound service road of the tollway. 

Please RSVP early in order that enough food is ordered and that the chapter does not order too much!! 

Meetings start at 11:30 for a social gathering, followed by a catered buffet at noon (cost $20, students $10).

Please contact Dallas SPWLA (mailto:dallasspwla@yahoo.com?subject=RSVP) to receive future meeting notifications by email and for making luncheon reservations (RSVP).


presented by

Aidan Blount, Petrophysicist and Opportunity Advisor, Shell E&P Company


  Core analysis has historically been held as the ground truth for petrophysical model calibration. With the advent of unconventional resources, vendors and operators alike have scrambled to improve and develop core analytical techniques to accurately measure the quality of these tight reservoir rocks. Fluid saturations are a critical component of this evaluation, and much effort has been made to quantify the as-received gas, water, and oil components of the pore space using Dean-Stark extraction, retort, and other complementary analyses. 

While much of the focus has been on assessing the core in the condition it arrives in the lab, a key question remains: how have the fluid saturations changed as the core sample has traveled from the reservoir to the testing facility? Prior observations in the Permian Basin indicate an average of over 35% as-received air-filled porosity, suggesting that a third or more of the in-situ pore saturating fluids are never directly measured in the lab. This creates a significant uncertainty around estimation of in-place volumes and calibration of a predictive water saturation model.

etting this analysis right is critical to one of the core tenets of a practicing petrophysicist: performing highly predictive evaluations that enable profitable and sustainable business decisions.

A Permian Basin comparison will be presented using a variety of core acquisition techniques. In this example, whole core, rotary sidewall cores, and pressurized rotary sidewall cores were each acquired over the same reservoir intervals. An experiment was designed to help mitigate fluid loss in the various methods, helping guide the petrophysicist on the reconstruction of accurate in-situ saturations. Additionally, this sampling program was designed to compare the methods in both their operational practicality and quality of core acquired.

A common assumption is that the void space at surface was previously occupied by hydrocarbon that escaped the rock due to gas expansion; this statement will be tested. Is there any water loss from in-situ to lab conditions? Can whole core or pressurized sidewall coring – with a controlled drawdown to atmospheric pressure – help maintain in-situ fluid saturations and retain oil within the rocks? Finally, does understanding this increase the predictive power of a practicing petrophysicist tasked with evaluating the productivity of unconventional reservoirs? Through detailed testing and analysis of the acquired rocks and other data, these questions are addressed.

Speaker Biography:

Aidan Blount is a Petrophysicist and Opportunity Advisor with Shell. He joined the company in 2013 after graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering. Since joining Shell, Aidan worked on several basins as part of a regional exploration team before joining the Permian Asset in 2015. Aidan has been an active member of SPWLA over the same time period, receiving the “Best Paper” award at the 2017 Symposium and serving as an SPWLA Distinguished Lecturer.

Meeting Location

Dallas , TX, United States

32° 46' 48.504" N, 96° 48' 1.6236" W

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