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Technical and general interest articles about well log analysis, petrophysics, and petrophysical software development are listed below.

See Also: 
Crain's Petrophysical Reference Manuals
                   Crain's Integrated Petrophysical AV Courses
 

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59. Integrated Petrophysics, Detectives, and Big Data
E. R. Crain, P.Eng., LPS Newsletter
Invited Article  (Pages 4 and 5 ) Jan 2017


58. How
Crain's Petrophysical Handbook Came To Be Written
E. R. Crain, P.Eng., SPWLA Young Professions SIG Newsletter,
Invited Article for "The Bridge" (Page 2) Jan 2016


57. Potash Petrophysics - Then and Now
E. R. Crain, P.Eng., CSPG Reservoir, Sep 2014

56. Apples and Aarvarks - A Tutorial on Petrophysical analysis of Oil Sands
E. R. Crain, P.Eng., CSPG Reservoir, Jul/Aug 2014

55. Petrophysics and Fracture Optimization
D. Holgate, P.Geol., E. R. Crain, P.Eng. Half day course presented at the SPE/CSUR Unconventional Resource Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Sep 2014

  2014 Version

  2016 Version

54. Digital Log Data To Mechanical Rock Properties For Stimulation Design
E. R. Crain, P.Eng., D. Holgate, P.Geol., GeoConvention 2014, May 2014,
Also Presented at PowerLog User Group Meeting, Mar 2014

53. A 12-Step Program to Reduce Uncertainty in Kerogen-Rich Reservoirs
E. R. Crain, P.Eng. D. Holgate, P.Geol.
Pt 1: Get the Right Porosity, CSPG Reservoir, Mar 2014
Pt 2: Get the Right Gas Volume, CSPG Reservoir, Apr 2014
GeoConvention 2014,
Calgary, May 2014
CWLS Insite, Apr 2014

52. The Value of Full Petrophysical Analysis for Stimulation Design
Tim Leshchyshyn, P.Eng., Dorian Holgate, P.Geol., E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.,
Ted Leshchyshyn, PhD, P.Eng., 
GeoConvention 2014,  Calgary, May 2014
Abstract Only

51. Synthetic Log Curves: An Essential Ingredient For Successful Stimulation Design
E. R. Crain, P.Eng. D. Holgate, P.Geol., CSPG Reservoir, May 2013

50. Facies, Environments, Diagenesis, Sequence Stratigraphy, Stress and an Oil Migration Model for the Bakken Petroleum System of the Williston Basin
David W. Hume, Graham R Davies, et al, PBS-SEPM Luncheon Talk, Feb 2012


49. A History of Oil and Gas in Canada
E. R. Crain, P.Eng., Azerbaijan Oil Industry Magazine, Oct 2011
English

48. Potash Redux
E. R. Crain, P.Eng., CWLS InSite, Dec 2010
 See Also: More Potash Papers

47. A True History of Oil and Gas "Neftqazcixarmanin asl tarixi baqqunda"
E. R. Crain, P.Eng., Azerbaijan Oil Industry Magazine, Nov 2010
Translated from: CWLS InSite, Sept 2004
Azerbaijani and Russian Versions
CWLS 2004    CSPG 2005

46. Unicorns In The Garden Of Good And Evil -- A Series on Log Analysis in
   Unconventional Reservoirs, by E. R. Crain, P.Eng., CSPG Reservoir
  Part 1: Total Organic Carbon (TOC) Analysis, Nov 2010
  Part 2:  Coal Analysis, Dec 2010
  Part 3:  Coal Bed Methane (CBM) Analysis, Jan 2011
  Part 4:  Gas Shale Analysis, Feb 2011
  Part 5:  Oil Shale Analysis, Mar 2011
  Part 6:  Tar Sand Analysis, Apr 2011
  Part 7:  Laminated Sacd Analysis, May 2011 
  Part 8:  Igneous / Metamorphic Reservoirs, Jun 2011
  Part 9:  Tight Oil Reservoir Analysis, Aug 2011  
  Part 10: Gas Hydrate Reservoir Analysis, Sep 2011

45. They Came From Outer Space - First Logs On The Moon and Mars
E. R. Crain, P.Eng.
CWLS InSite, May 2010  
CSPG Reservoir, Oct 2011

44. A New Migration Model for Oil in the Bakken Petroleum System of the Williston Basin.
D. W. Hume, PGeol., G. R. Davies, PhD, PGeol., Kaush Rakhit, MSc. PGeol.,
E. R. Crain, PEng

AAPG, New Orleans, April 2010 and AAPG, Calgary, Sept 2010
Abstract Only

43. Evaluation of Unconventional Oil Resources, Bakken Formation, Saskatchewan and North Dakota.
D. W. Hume, PGeol., G. R. Davies, PhD, PGeol., Kaush Rakhit, MSc. PGeol.,
E. R. Crain, PEng

Williston Basin Petroleum Conference, Regina, 28 Apr 2009
Abstract Only

42. A Future History of Oil Development (Peak Oil and Alternatives)
     includes CWLS Distinguished Member Interview
E. R. Crain, P.Eng., CWLS InSite, Dec 2008

41. The Giant Next Door: Middle Bakken Member, SE Saskatchewan
D. W. Hume, PGeol., G. R. Davies, PhD, PGeol., Kaush Rakhit, MSc. PGeol., E. R. Crain, PEng

Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, Denver, 30 Apr 2008
Abstract Only

40. Myth Interpretation - A Series On Common Misconceptions
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng., CWLS Insite,
  Myth #1 Tornado Charts Correct For Invasion, Sep 2005
  Myth #2 Dipmeters Measure True Dip, Dec 2005
  Myth #3 High Water Saturation Means Water, Mar 2006
  Myth #4 Density Logs Read Porosity in Sands, Jun 2006

39. Productivity Estimation in Milk River Laminated Shaly Sands, Southeast Alberta
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng., D. W. Hume, P.Geol.
CWLS Insite, Dec 2004

38. A True History of Oil Development
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng., CWLS InSite, Sept 2004; CSPG Reservoir June 2005
CWLS 2004     CSPG 2005 

37. How Many Acoustic Waves Can Dance on the Head of a Sonic Log?
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng., CWLS InSite, Apr 2004

36. The New Role of Petrophysics in Geophysical Interpretation
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng., CSEG Recorder, Sept 2003
 

35. A History of Well Logging in Canada
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng., Reprinted in CWLS InSite, Sept 2003, from CWLS Journal, Dec 1982

34. A Quantified Resource Assessment of a Pervasive Shallow Biogenic Gas System in Southern Alberta.
D. W. Hume,
P. Esslinger, J. Johnson, E. R. Crain
AAPG, Sept 2003
Abstract Only

33. The Future of Petrophysics in Reservoir Description
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng., Transactions 1st Annual Formation Evaluation Conference, Tripoli, Libya, October 2000
** Keynote Address - Invited Speaker
** Reprinted in Libyan Petroleum Research Council Journal 2001

32. Quantitative Analysis of Older Logs for Porosity and Permeability, Lake Maracaibo Western Flank Reservoirs, Venezuela
E. R. Crain, M. Garrido, C. Lamb, P. Mosher
GeoCanada 2000 May 2000
Long Abstract    Poster Presentation

31. Crain's Petrophysical Handbook
 -- An Internet-based Worldwide eLearning Project for Petrophysics
E. R. Crain, P.Eng., Jan 2000
350 web pages  1.5 million page views (2015)
www.spec2000.net
 

30. Belly River Exploitation in Southeast Alberta
D. W. Hume, P.Geol., E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.
CSPG June 1999
Verbal presentation, no text available

29. Biased Book Reviews: Log Analysis Text Books
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.
Canadian Well Logging Society Journal, Dec 1994

28. The CWLS Reprint Volumes (Set of 3)
with CWLS Bibliography on Disc (by Stephen Prensky, USGS)
E. R. Crain, D. Orman, Editors
Canadian Well Logging Society, November 1992
Order from CWLS

27. Dipmeter Tools and Presentations
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.
Canadian Well Logging Society Journal, Dec 1992
Part 1
Part 2 (corrected Feb 2010)

26. The CWLS Water Catalog On Disc
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.
Canadian Well Logging Society Journal, March 1991

25. META/LOG - A Knowledge Based Spreadsheet System To Reduce Complexity In Log Analysis
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.
Trans. 12th Formation Evaluation Symposium, CWLS, Calgary, Sept 1989
   Geobyte Software Review

24. Log/Mate ESP Assistant A Knowledge Based System for Log Analysis A Progress Report
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.
D&S Petroleum Consulting Group, Sept 1986
    Follow up by Others: SPE 1988=>
                                                           CWLS 1989=>

23. A Primer on Expert Systems for Log Analysis
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.
Published Version: Canadian Well Logging Society Journal, March 1986

22. The Log Analysis Handbook
Volume One - Quantitative Methods
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng., Pennwell Books, Tulsa, 1986, Out of Print
ISBN 0-87814-298-3  Hardcover 700 pages

21. A Primer on Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems in the Petroleum Industry
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.
Verbal Presentations: DEC 13 Nov 85, CWLS 18 Dec 85, CSPG 29 Mar 86, CSEG 14 May 86
**Best Paper Award, CWLS, 1985**

20. Log/Mate ESP - A Fourth Generation Language for Log Analysis
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.
D&S Petroleum Consulting Group, Apr 1986
Updated and expanded version of Sept 1985 published paper

19. Log/Mate ESP - A Fourth Generation Language for Log Analysis
E. R. Crain, D. Jaques, K. Knill, K. Edwards
Trans. 10th Formation Evaluation Symposium, CWLS, Calgary, Sept 1985

18. Spreadsheet Analysis of Logs
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.
Trans. 10th Formation Evaluation Symposium - CWLS, Calgary, Sept 1985

17. The Evolution of Log Analysis Methods
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng., C.I. Ganz
Offshore Resources Magazine, May, July, Sept 1984

16. The CWLS Log Analysis Handbook
E. R. Crain, D. Orman, Editors
Canadian Well Logging Society, 1983 (Updated 1986)
Order from CWLS

15. CWLS Journal - 25th Anniversary Issue
E. R. Crain, Editor
Canadian Well Logging Society, Vol 11, 1982
Order from CWLS

14. The CWLS Log Analysis Example Book - A Preview
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.
Canadian Well Logging Society Journal, 1982

13. A History of Well Logging in Canada
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.
Journal Canadian Petroleum Technology, February 1982
Reprinted Canadian Well Logging Society Journal, Dec 1982
Reprinted in CWLS InSite, Sept 2003
CWLS 1982
JCPT 1982
CWLS 2003

12. Log Evaluation Results in the Deep Basin Area of Alberta
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.
Trans. 8th Formation Evaluation Symposium, CWLS, Calgary, Sep 1981

11. Log/Mate System for Analyzing Wells
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.
Journal Canadian Petroleum Technology, December 1980

10. Economics of Log Evaluation for Large Projects
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.
Trans. Society Professional Well Log Analysts, Lafayette LA, July 1980

9. Determination of Seismic Response Using Edited Well Log Data
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng., J.D. Boyd, P.Geoph.
CWLS 7th Formation Evaluation Symposium, Oct 1979
CSEG Annual Symposium, October 1979
** Best Paper Award, CSEG, 1979**

8. The Log/Mate Evaluation System
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng., D.W. Curwen, P.Eng.
Trans. 7th Formation Evaluation Symposium, CWLS, Calgary, Oct 1979

7. Log Interpretation in the High Arctic
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.
Trans. 6th Formation Evaluation Symposium- CWLS, Calgary, Oct 1977

6. Review of Gravity and Magnetic Data Processing Systems
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.
CSEG Journal, Vol 8 No 1, Calgary, Dec 1972

5. Review of Semi-Automatic Velocity Analysis Techniques
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.
ASEG Bulletin, Vol 2 No 1, Sydney, 1971

4. Logistical Considerations Associated with Sulphur Exploration Drilling in the High Arctic
D. J. B. Marshall
, P.Eng., E. R. Crain, P.Eng.
Transactions AIME, Denver, February 1970

3. Prediction of Well Log Interpretation Parameters - An Independent Study
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.
Trans. 3rd Formation Evaluation Symposium, CWLS, Calgary, Oct. 1971

2. Defining Evaporite Deposits with Electrical Well Logs
R. P. Alger, E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.
Trans Northern Ohio Geological Society - Second Symposium on Salt, Cleveland, 1966
**Quoted in Schlumberger Log Interpretation Principles Vol 2- Applications, 1972**

1. Quantitative Log Evaluation of the Prairie Evaporite Formation of Saskatchewan
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng., W.B. Anderson, P.Eng.
Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, Quebec City and Edmonton, July-September, 1966
**Salesman of the Year award from Schlumberger for this paper**
As published, 1966
As written with legible illustrations, 1964
Program for IBM 1620, 1964
Related Papers
       Tixier and Alger SPWLA 1967
      Costello and Norquay CIMM 1969 
      W. B. Anderson CWLS 1979
      D. C. Hill, Jour Appl Geoph 1993

 

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