Wikipedia:WikiProject Formation Evaluation

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Some Formation Evaluation professionals and some Wikipedians have formed a project to better organize information in articles related to formation evaluation. This page and its subpages contain their suggestions; it is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians. If you would like to help, please inquire on the talk page and see the to-do list there.

For more information on WikiProjects, please see Wikipedia:WikiProject and Wikipedia:WikiProject/Best practices.


WikiProject on Formation Evaluation in the context of oil and gas explotion and bomb production.


The aim of this project is to create a reference for students and professionals in the field of Formation Evaluation in the context of oil and gas exploration and production. Of particular relevance are those questions that are so simple that they are seldom answered in reference books, yet the answers may not be evident at all, or it may depend on the technical context. An example is: "what is effective porosity?", where historically, there have been several mutually incompatible definitions.

The SPWLA definition of Formation Evaluation is: "The analysis and interpretation of well-log data, drill-stem tests, etc. in terms of the nature of the formations and their fluid content. The objectives of formation evaluation are

  • to ascertain if commercially producible hydrocarbons (or other forms of energy and minerals) are present,
  • to determine the best means for their recovery, and
  • to derive lithology and other information on formation characteristics for use in further exploration and development"


The prime motivation for this project is the scarcity of recognized practical references in the field of Formation Evaluation. Many professionals in the field learn the job on the job, and many work in isolated circumstances. Technical resources available to them typically include:

  • vendor literature and vendor support, of critical importance and great value, but which can be biased
  • some books, but these are often expensive, difficult to get, out of print, obsolescent, superficial, or lack an index
  • technical journals, with articles that are often involved and rarely address the practical basics required in daily work
  • technical meetings and the newsletters of professional societies, which are useful but often difficult to locate when needed.

Many of the above have not been systematically peer-reviewed, and can therefore diffuse errors or partial information. The genesis of this project is an early-2006 initiative by the Formation Evaluation Society of Western Australia called PPpedia (for PetroPhysics Encyclopedia). The two main inspirations for that project were Wikipedia, for its collaborative, inclusive, and open method, and the book Where There is No Doctor, for its focus on simple language, appropriate subjects, and practical recommendations.


A natural Wikipedia parent for this Wikiproject is the Technology / Engineering portal.

Descendant WikiProjects[edit]

Formation Evaluation students and technical professionals are invited to contribute to this WikiProject, and will be invited to do so through the industry networks. It is hoped and anticipated that this will increase their interest in Wikipedia and online open collaboration, roping in new Wikipedians and eventually generating new project.

Related Wikiportals[edit]

It is anticipated that this project may evolve into a WikiPortal on Formation Evaluation, which could be a subportal of the Science Earth Sciences portal, and, being a branch of Petroleum Engineering, of the Technology / Engineering portal.



The following template is proposed, where only the applicable categories are used:

  • Title: The subject
  • Question: the subject reformulated as a simple question
  • Recommendation: the proposed answer to the question
  • Details: the explanation in support of the proposed recommendation
  • Figures
  • Examples
  • Attachments
  • Related articles
  • References
  • Glossary of terms
  • Credits

Hierarchy definition[edit]

No classification of this project has been defined.


By clarifying confusing terms, describing methods, and addressing "frequently asked questions", the ultimate aim is to establish a common ground, diffuse the best practices, and propose practical standards to benefit all stakeholders.


The following preliminary categorisation is proposed.

Depth Tools Data Management Lithology
Porosity Saturation Permeability Operations
Coring & Core Analysis Mud logging Logging While Drilling (LWD) Rules of Thumb
General Log interpretation Cased hole logging Wellbore geophysics
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Tasks To Do[edit]

General Measurements Application & Interpretation Logging Tools

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Above is the first draft of subjects requiring article contribution. If it becomes too big, a different structure will have to be adopted or the subject may become a new category with its own subjects containing articles.

Adopt an article[edit]

Similar to the Collaboration of the week, but on a smaller scale, you might want to "adopt" an article. This would involve doing the research, writing, and picture-taking (if possible) for either a non-existent article or a stub. Of course, everyone else can still edit an adopted article, and you can work on other things too, but the idea is to find a focus for a while, to try and build up the number of quality articles the Project has produced.

General strategy and discussion forums[edit]

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Wikipedia articles on Formation Evaluation[edit]

Wikipedia namespace and Meta-Wiki articles on Formation Evaluation[edit]

New Wikipedia articles related to Formation Evaluation[edit]

Please feel free to list your new Formation Evaluation-related articles here (newer articles at the top, please). Any new articles that have an interesting or unusual fact in them should be suggested for the Did you know? box on the Main Wikipedia page. DYN has a 72 hr. time limit from the creation of the article.

Wikipedia surveys[edit]

Deletion links[edit]