The Mudrocks Systems Research Laboratory (MSRL) consortium recently hosted an in-person core workshop and short course at the Bureau’s Core Research Facility. The event was attended by 36 geologists, petrophysicists, and reservoir engineers from 11 companies.
The core workshop featured nearly 4,000 ft of core from the Wolfcamp, Bone Spring, Spraberry, Austin Chalk, and Eagle Ford formations, highlighting MSRL’s commitment to improving reservoir characterization through integrated core characterization and wireline log studies. Short course topics covered measurement and modeling approaches used to evaluate pore systems and permeability, oil and water saturations, liquid hydrocarbon geochemistry, quantitative micropetrography, diagenesis, and machine learning tools used to upscale and integrate core measurements to basin-scale models.
Senior Research Scientist Dr. Kitty Milliken provided an invited lunch lecture titled “Mudrock Heterogeneity, Rock Properties, and Reservoir Quality – Two Decades of Advances.” All told, it was a great event that fostered science discussions across disciplines and provided new research directions for MSRL to pursue in 2023.