Capillary Pressure

Determining the relative water saturations and height above free water is a critical step in understanding the subsurface and defining an efficient drilling program. With this understanding, reservoir engineers can avoid drilling into free water, determine compartmentalization and identify zones that are in communication.

Capillary Pressure Borehole CorrectionsDetermine Height Above Free Water

Using Capillary Pressure, geoscientists evaluate well logs and cores from multiple wells and zones to model saturation versus height above free water level (FWL). The resulting analytical expressions relate either connate water saturation to height above FWL (forward modeling) or height above FWL to connate water saturation (reverse modeling). Findings from one well can be applied to other wells in the area, making the process efficient and consistent.

Capillary Pressure, an add-on module to PowerLog®, enables users to evaluate core plugs, create groups of plugs with similar J-Functions, compute pore throat distributions and view associated pore throat histograms.

Capillary Pressure Water Saturation as Height Above Free Water

Capillary Pressure Workflow

A normal capillary pressure workflow is:

  • Import core data
  • Verify/modify lab measurement parameters
  • Correct data sets for stress, clay, closure and normalization
  • QC data
  • Categorize the data sets
  • Apply a fitting function
  • QC results
  • Output the fitted functions

Geoscientists can then determine FWL and saturation versus height profiles in zones and wells.

Capillary Pressure Data Loading

Interactive Data Loader

To facilitate fast and easy import of data, Capillary Pressure features an elegant data loader that quickly assesses input files and identifies columns and sheets of data for import. Data is loaded from ASCII and Excel files and can be in array format. Pressure data is handled in their original units, and saturation is automatically computed from fluid volumes as needed. When more than one saturation value is available for a single fluid type in the data set, the user can set the desired level.

QC and Corrections

Several viewers are available for inspecting and correcting capillary pressure data.

Capillary Pressure Corrections
  • Spreadsheet-like viewer displays and prints data collections
  • Crossplot viewer presents multiple core measurement values of a single core at a single depth including core saturation versus pressure, well log saturation versus height above FWL, and pore throat radius versus core saturation
  • Histograms of porosity magnitude

Users can exclude bad measurements, broken core samples and individual data points. Core samples from different rock types can be grouped to associate sequence sets together.

Stress corrections, clay bound water corrections and fluid system difference normalization are all supported.

Fitting Functions

Once the data is QCed and corrected, geoscientists apply their own fitting functions or those supplied with Capillary Pressure. Multiple ‘what-if’ regressions are then performed using the different data sets. Models include Lambda, Hyperbola and Exponential J-Functions, Cuddy, Johnson and others. Users can interactively set cutoffs for the regressions. Results include height above free water, pore throat sizes and the permeability to water, oil and other fluids.


Results of the analysis are reported in a wide variety of formats and incorporate information such as well, company, location, core data sets used, and core data sets rejected. Reports can also include notation of the model and parameter values used in the analysis.

Capillary Pressure Pore Throat Analysis

Capillary Pressure Features

  • Fast and easy data loading
  • Spreadsheet-like viewers for quality control and editing
  • Process-oriented workflow for data corrections and computations
  • Capillary Pressures array mathpack for user defined algorithms
  • Interactive CrossPlots for data display
  • Multiple modeles for fitting saturaction pressure curves, or saturation height curves
  • Model generator for application of results
  • Pore throat size determination
  • Pore throat size histograms
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