Digital Core Analysis
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Tue 13th Nov 2012 12 noon for 12:30pm lunch 7th Nov 2012 12:00 AM

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Digital core analysis or image based core analysis is an exciting emerging technology which has the potential to revolutionise the petroleum industry’s approach to core analysis and rock property interpretation. The technology uses micro-computerized tomography (CT) and focused ion beam techniques to produce micron and nanometer resolution images of the structure of complex reservoir rocks at the pore-scale. Large-scale computations, directly on the images and on network representations of the images, based on pore-scale physics allow a wide range of petrophysical properties central to estimations of volumes in-place and reserves to be estimated from small rock fragments. The small sample size makes it possible to analyse fragmented cores, sidewall cores, drill cutting and core material which is not readily amenable to conventional core analysis such as unconsolidated rocks, tight gas sands, coal and shale. The technology has been developed over the last decade by researchers at the School of Petroleum Engineering at the University of New South Wales and the Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering at the Australian National University.

At this point in its development digital core is a complement or a value-adding supplement to conventional core analysis rather than as a replacement for conventional laboratory testing. In comparison with conventional technology, digital core technology is providing us with analytical tools and a wealth of new 3D data which we have never seen before. The challenge, both for researchers and the industry, is to make best use of this new information and ability. The presentation will describe the state-of art in digital core technology and discuss current applications and the future challenges for the technology.  The talk will be illustrated with examples which include the group’s current preliminary work in the analysis of small coal cores.

Venue Information

The Queensland Irish Club

171 Elizabeth St, Brisbane


Lucie McMillan
0407 173 446


Professor Val Pinczewski is Head of the School of Petroleum Engineering at the University of New South Wales.  He conducts research in the areas of improved oil and gas recovery, image based petrophysical analysis and flow through porous media. He was a founding member of the Australian Petroleum Cooperative Research Centre and managed its improved oil and gas recovery program. In collaboration with colleagues at the Australian National University he established a large interdisciplinary research group which is pioneering the use of high resolution X-ray tomography to study the microstructure and transport properties of naturally occurring porous rocks of specific interest to the petroleum industry. The research is supported by a large consortium of the world's leading petroleum companies and has produced a spin-out company, Digitalcore based on this emerging technology. Professor Pinczewski has published more than 100 technical papers in leading international journals and conference proceedings. He has been a member of the editorial board of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal and edited a special issue of the journal Transport in Porous Media. Prior to joining the University of New South Wales he worked as a petroleum engineer both in Australia and abroad and is an active consultant to industry in the areas of improved oil and gas recovery and reservoir engineering.