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Technical and general interest articles about well log analysis, petrophysics, and petrophysical software development are listed below. All FREE publications were originally published in a technical journal or newsletter. Because of the age and infirmities of many of the original published papers, all have been reset in MS-Word in a uniform format. Click the title to Download the “easy to read” version. If you wish a copy of the “as published” version, email me and I will send a PDF, warts and all.

As well as being a bibliography of my work, this list gives insight into my career path and personal interests across the years. All of these topics were New News at the time they were written, some were even at the Cutting Edge of then current technology.

To provide a complete bibliography, Crain's Reference Manuals and Crain's Integrated Petrophysics Self-Study Video Courses have been listed at the bottom of this page. These are NOT free downloads but can be purchased for a modest fee. Click the publication title to see more information on that item, then click the “Buy It Now” button to obtain your personal copy.

Special Note: Two published SPE papers (2016 and 2018) on analysis of shale gas were copied directly from prior work without permission. These are not included on the list, even though my name may appear on the title pages. Please report other occurrences if you see them.
 

TECHNICAL PAPERS and GENERAL INTEREST ARTICLES


2020 - 2029
88 – 96 Petrophysics In The Green Economy – A Series On Unconventional Applications
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng
CSPG Reservoir, Tentative publication dates as noted below.
    
 Part 1: Water – For Every Purpose      Jul-Aug 2022
     
Part 2: Carbon Dioxide – Storage and Monitoring     Sep-Oct 2022
     
Part 3: Geothermal 1 – Basics and Examples     Nov-Dec 2022
     
Part 4: Geothermal 2 – Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks      Jan-Feb 2023
     
Part 5: Hydrogen – Natural and Manufactured     Mar-Apr 2023
     
Part 6: Lithium – Oilfield and Near Surface Brines   May-Jun 2023
     
Part 7: Helium – Old Wells Are New Again     Jul-Aug 2023
     
Part 8: Non Metallic Minerals – Products We Still Need     Sep-Oct 2023
     
Part 9: Metallic Minerals – Essentials     Nov-Dec 2023

87. Rapid Cross Plot Discrimination of Commercial Potash Mineralization
D.G. Hill, PhD. and E.R.(Ross) Crain, P.Eng. 
SPWLA 62nd Annual Symposium, Stavenger, 17-20 May 2021
Full Length Paper
MP4 Virtual Presentation by D.G. Hill (Video Slideshow)

86. Rapid Discrimination of Potash Mineralization Using Crossplots - Case Histories
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng. and D.G. Hill, PhD.
GeoConvention 2020,  Calgary, 21-23 Sep 2020, Virtual Presentation
Long Abstract
MP4 Virtual Presentation by E.R. Crain (Video Slideshow)

85. Petrophysics with Ross Crain
MP3 Podcast by Maureen Stonehouse,
Stone's Notes, Dec 2020

2010 - 2019
84. Integrated Petrophysics, Detectives, and Big Data
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
LPS Newsletter (p4-5),
Invited Article, Jan 2017
 

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

82. Potash Petrophysics - Then and Now
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng,
CSPG Reservoir, Sep 2014

 

81. Apples and Aardvarks - A Tutorial on Petrophysical Analysis of Oil Sands
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.,
 CSPG Reservoir, Jul/Aug 2014

80. Digital Log Data To Mechanical Rock Properties For Stimulation Design
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng., D. Holgate, P.Geol.
GeoConvention 2014, Calgary, May 2014, Verbal presentation by D. Holgate
Also Presented At:  PowerLog User Group Meeting, Mar 2014 by D. Holgate


79. A 12-Step Program to Reduce Uncertainty in Kerogen-Rich Reservoirs
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng., D. Holgate, P.Geol.
CWLS InSite, Apr 2014

Reprinted As: 
78. A 12-Step Program to Reduce Uncertainty in Kerogen-Rich Reservoirs
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng., D. Holgate, P.Geol.
      
Part 1: Get the Right Porosity, CSPG Reservoir, Mar 2014
      
Part 2: Get the Right Gas Volume, CSPG Reservoir, Apr 2014

Also Presented At:  GeoConvention 2014, Calgary, May 2014 by D. Holgate

77. 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

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

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

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

73. Potash Redux
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
CWLS InSite, Dec 2010

72. A True History of Oil and Gas
"Neftqazcixarmanin asl tarixi baqqunda"

E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
Azerbaijan Oil Industry Magazine, Nov 2010
Published in Russian and Azerbaijani
Translated from: CWLS InSite, Sept 2004 Azerbaijani and Russian  

62 – 71. Unicorns In The Garden Of Good And Evil -- A Series on Log Analysis in
 Unconventional Reservoirs
 E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
 CSPG Reservoir – dates as noted below.
      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 Sand 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

61. They Came From Outer Space - First Logs On The Moon and Mars
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
CWLS InSite, May 2010  

Reprinted As:
60. They Came From Outer Space - First Logs On The Moon and Mars
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
CSPG Reservoir, Oct 2011

59. A New Migration Model for Oil in the Bakken Petroleum System of the Williston Basin
D.W. Hume, P.Geol., G.R. Davies, PhD, P.Geol., Kaush Rakhit, MSc. P.Geol.,
E.R.(Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
AAPG, New Orleans, April 2010 and AAPG, Calgary, Sept 2010
Abstract Only

2000 - 2009
58. Evaluation of Unconventional Oil Resources, Bakken Formation, Saskatchewan and North Dakota
D.W. Hume, P.Geol., G.R. Davies, PhD, P.Geol., Kaush Rakhit, MSc. P.Geol., E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
Williston Basin Petroleum Conference, Regina, 28 Apr 2009
Abstract Only

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

56. The Giant Next Door: Middle Bakken Member, SE Saskatchewan
D.W. Hume, P.Geol., G.R. Davies, PhD, P.Geol., Kaush Rakhit, MSc. P.Geol., E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
RMAG, Denver, 30 Apr 2008
Abstract Only


52 – 55. Myth Interpretation - A Series On Common Misconceptions
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
CWLS InSite, dates as shown below.  
      
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

51. Productivity Estimation in Milk River Laminated Shaly Sands, Southeast Alberta
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng., D.W. Hume, P.Geol.
CWLS InSite, Dec 2004

 

50. A True History of Oil and Gas Development
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.

CWLS InSite, Sep 2004;

Reprinted As:
49. A True History of Oil and Gas Development
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.

CSPG Reservoir Jun 2005 

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

47. The New Role of Petrophysics in Geophysical Interpretation
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
CSEG Recorder, Sept 2003 Invited Paper

46. A History of Well Logging in Canada
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
CWLS InSite, Sep 2003
Reprinted from CWLS Journal, Dec 1982

45. A Quantified Resource Assessment of a Pervasive Shallow Biogenic Gas System in Southern Alberta
D.W. Hume, P. Esslinger, J. Johnson, E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
AAPG, Sep 2003
Abstract Only

44. The Future of Petrophysics in Reservoir Description -
Keynote Address

E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
Trans 1st Annual Formation Evaluation Conference, Tripoli Libya,
Oct 2000
Includes Abstract in Arabic
Reprinted in Libyan Petroleum Research Council Journal 2001

43. Quantitative Analysis of Older Logs for Porosity and Permeability, Lake Maracaibo Western Flank Reservoirs, Venezuela
E.R. (Ross) Crain, M. Garrido, C. Lamb, P. Mosher
GeoCanada 2000, Calgary,  May 2000
Long Abstract   
Poster Presentation by Craig Lamb P.Geol

1990 - 1999
42. Crain's Petrophysical Handbook
An Internet-based Worldwide eLearning Resource for Petrophysics
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
Online at
www.spec2000.net  Nov 1999, continually updated
400+ webpages, 1800 illustrations, 3000+ pages if printed.

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

40. The Log Analysis Handbook
Volume Two - Geological and Geophysical Applications - 588 pages
E.R. (Ross) Crain
Self Published. 1998
Out of Print - content moved to website Jan 2002.

39. The CWLS Reprint Volumes (Set of 3 Volumes)
with CWLS Bibliography on Disc (by Stephen Prensky, USGS)
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng. (Editor)
CWLS, Nov 1992


38. Computer Displays of Dipmeter Data

E
.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
Self-Published, Dec 1992

37. Evolution of Dipmeter Tools and Processing
E
.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
CWLS Journal, Dec 1992

36. The CWLS Water Catalog On Disc
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
CWLS Journal, Mar 1991

1980 - 1989
35. Meta/Log - A Knowledge Based Spreadsheet System To Reduce Complexity In Log Analysis
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
Trans. 12th Formation Evaluation Symposium, CWLS, Calgary, Sep 1989
Includes Geobyte Software Review by Robert Elphick.

34. Log//Mate ESP Assistant – A Knowledge Based System for Log Analysis
A Progress Report

E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
D&S / ARC Joint Venture, Sep 1986
Follow-up By Others, based on research summarized above and in earlier Log/Mate ESP and AI / Expert Systems papers by Crain:
    
1987 Log/Mate Assistant, Pepperdine etal, CWLS
    1988 Comparison of an Expert System to Human Experts, Einstein, Edwards
    
1988 Log Analysis of Heavy Oil Using an Expert System, Pepperdine, D&S

33. A Primer on Expert Systems for Log Analysis
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
CWLS Journal, Mar 1986

32. The Log Analysis Handbook
Volume One - Quantitative Methods – 770 pages

E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
Pennwell Books, Tulsa, 1986
ISBN 0-87814-298-3  Hardcover 700 pages
Out of Print - content moved to website in 1999.

31. A Primer on Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems in the Petroleum Industry
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
Verbal Presentations: DEC: 13 Nov 85, CWLS: 18 Dec 85,
CSPG: 29 Mar 86, CSEG: 14 May 86; D&S and ARC internal presentation
>> Best Paper Award, CWLS, Dec 1985

30. Log/Mate ESP - A Fourth Generation Language for Log Analysis
E.R. (Ross)  Crain, P.Eng.
D&S / ARC Joint Venture, Apr 1986
Updated and expanded version of Crain etal Sep 1985

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

28. Spreadsheet Analysis of Logs
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
Trans 10th Formation Evaluation Symposium CWLS, Calgary, Sep 1985

27. The Evolution of Log Analysis Methods
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng., C.I. Ganz
Offshore Resources Magazine, (3 Part Series) May, Jul, Sep 1984

26. Biased Book Reviews
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
Canadian Well Logging Society Journal, 1984

25. The CWLS Log Analysis Example Book
E.R. (Ross) Crain, D. Orman (Editors)
Canadian Well Logging Society, 1983 (Updated 1986)

24. CWLS Journal - 25th Anniversary Issue
E.R. (Ross) Crain (Editor)
Canadian Well Logging Society, Vol. 11, 1982

23. The CWLS Log Analysis Example Book - A Preview
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
CWLS Journal, 1982

22. A History of Well Logging in Canada
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
JCPT, Feb 1982

Reprinted As:
21. A History of Well Logging in Canada
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
CWLS Journal, Dec 1982
CWLS InSite, Sep 2003

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

19. Economics of Log Evaluation for Large Projects
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
Trans Society Professional Well Log Analysts, Lafayette LA, Jul 1980

1970 - 1979
18. Determination of Seismic Response Using Edited Well Log Data
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng., J.D. Boyd, P.Geoph.
CWLS 7th Formation Evaluation Symposium, Oct 1979

Reprinted As:
17. Determination of Seismic Response Using Edited Well Log Data
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng., J.D. Boyd, P.Geoph.
CSEG Journal, Dec 1979
>> Best Paper Award, CSEG, Dec 1979

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

15. Basic Well Log Analysis Course
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
Log/Mate Limited, 1978
Presented annually in Calgary 1978 - 1988

14. Log Interpretation in the High Arctic
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
Trans. 6th Formation Evaluation Symposium CWLS, Calgary, Oct 1977

13. Land and Marine Gravity Data Reduction
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng., David Pratt
Digital Technology Pty Ltd, Apr 1973

12. Review of Gravity and Magnetic Data Processing Systems
E.R. Crain, P.Eng, David Pratt, Rick Bogehold
CSEG Recorder, Vol. 8 No 1, Dec 1972

11. Extended Hammer Chart
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng., David Pratt
Digital Technology Pty Ltd, Jul 1972
JPG Sample Extended Hammer Chart

10. Review of Semi-Automatic Velocity Analysis Techniques
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng, Rick Bogehold
ASEG Bulletin, Vol. 2 No 1, Feb 1971

 
9. Marine Seismic Data Processing
J.D. Boyd, P.Geoph., E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
Digital Technology Pty Ltd, 1970

8.
Digital Processing of Sparker Seismic Data
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
Digital Technology Pty Ltd, Apr 1970

7. Logistical Considerations Associated with Sulphur Exploration Drilling in the High Arctic
D.J.B. Marshall, P.Eng., E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
Trans AIME, Paper 2821, Denver, Feb 1970

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

1960 - 1969
5. Basic Well Log Analysis Course
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
Published Internally for Dome Petroleum Ltd. 1968
Published Internally for Geophysical Services Inc. 1967

4. Basic Geology Course for Geophysicists
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
Published Internally for Geophysical Services Inc. 1967

3. Log Evaluation of Non-Metallic Minerals
M.P. Tixier and R.P. Alger
SPWLA 1967, Geophysics Vol. 35 #1, 1970
Contains material from Crain 1966.

2. Defining Evaporite Deposits with Electrical Well Logs
R.P. Alger, E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
Trans Northern Ohio Geological Society - Second Symposium on Salt, Cleveland, 1966

1. Quantitative Log Evaluation of the Prairie Evaporite Formation of Saskatchewan
E.R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng., W.B. Anderson, P.Eng.
Trans.17th Annual Technical Meeting, Petroleum Society of CIMM, Edmonton, May 1966, Published in JCPT, Sept. 1966
>> Salesman of the Year award from Schlumberger 1966

Related Articles:
  
1969 Costello and Norquay CIMM
  
1969 Schlumberger Log Interpretation Principles p106-107
  
1972 Schlumberger Log Interpretation Principles p108-109 
  
1974 Schlumberger Log Interpretation Principles p103-104 1974

 

VIDEO COURSES and REFERENCE MANUALS
These narrated video courses and reference manuals have been presented in person to over 3000 students between 1988 and 2016. They were updated annually or as needed based on client feedback and evolving technology.

Video courses include appropriate Reference Manuals, lecture notes with exercises, and access to spreadsheet software for a true multi-media experience.

Original publication dates are shown in the lists below. All files updated 2020-2021.

FULL-LENGTH VIDEO COURSES
   AV-01 Crain's Practical Quantitative Log Analysis for Conventional Reservoir (1989)
   AV-02 Crain's Master Class for Geoscientists and Engineers (2005) 
   AV-03 Crain's Practical Quantitative Log Analysis for Unconventional Reservoirs  

  (2006) 

 

SHORT VIDEO COURSES
   RF-03S Crain's Analyzing Ancient and Russian Logs (1998)
   
RF-04S Crain's Logging Tool Profiles (2001)
   
RF-05S Crain's Analyzing Mechanical Properties (2002)
   
RF-06S Crain's  Analyzing Cement and Pipe Integrity (2002)
   
RF-07S Crain's Seismic Petrophysics (2003)
   
RF-08S Crain's Analyzing Dipmeter and Image Logs (2003)
   
RF-09S Crain's Analyzing Fractured Reservoirs (2004)


 

REFERENCE MANUALS
   RF-01  Crain’s Petrophysical Pocket Pal (1988)
   RF-02  Crain’s Unconventional; Reservoirs (2006)
   RF-03 Crain's Analyzing Ancient and Russian Logs (1998)
   
RF-04 Crain's Logging Tool Profiles (2001)
   
RF-05 Crain's Analyzing Mechanical Properties (2002)
   
RF-06 Crain's  Analyzing Cement and Pipe Integrity (2002)
   
RF-07 Crain's Seismic Petrophysics (2003)
   
RF-08 Crain's Analyzing Dipmeter and Image Logs (2003)
   
RF-09 Crain's Analyzing Fractured Reservoirs (2004)
   RF-10  Crain’s Petrophysical Data Acquisition (2008)



 

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