Well Logging In Nontechnical Language, 2nd Edition

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An update of the PennWell classic nontechnical guide to logging techniques, this text provides an easy-to-understand overview of the technically complex subject of well logging. The book is broken into three main parts:

  1. Earth's formations: Details how to determine if there is oil or gas present in those formations
  2. Real-life examples: Shows how to read open-hole logs, make the calculations, and interpret the results
  3. Recent developments: Covers logging tools and presentations, as well as older logs not discussed in the first edition

The authors also cover cased-hole logs: cement and casing inspection logs, reservoir monitor logs, and production logs. By the end of the book, you should be at least conversant with nearly every phase of well logging.

Features & Benefits

  • Use as a handy quick reference for simple interpretation of logs
  • Read each self-contained chapter as the subjects come up in your business life
  • Use it as a nontechnical encyclopedia
  • Make better decisions based on an a basic understanding of well logs


  • Petroleum engineers
  • Geology and engineering techs
  • Field level personnel
  • Management
  • Energy lending and finance professionals
  • Anyone who seeks to understand how, or relies upon, energy markets
  • Students

About the Author

David E. Johnson, BSME, University of Tennessee, now retired, worked for Schlumberger Well Services for more than 25 years, serving for more than 8 years as a Senior Sales Engineer in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Johnson is a registered Professional Engineer in Oklahoma, an active member of SPWLA and SPE, and has published technical papers on log interpretation.

Kathryne E. Pile is a business process analyst for Williams Communications in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Prior to working for Williams, she served as editorial director for PennWell Books and was a technical writing instructor at The University of Tulsa. She continues to provide technical editing service on a consultant basis for professional societies such as the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

Type: Hardcover
Size: 6x9 inches
Pages: 289
Published: 2002
ISBN: 9780878148257

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