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All my technical papers are available for free download from the list on this page. A few others are listed because of their close association with my work. A few of the longer technical articless were serialized across several months, with individual titles, so the actual publucation counr is omewhere around 70.

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My eBooks and AV Courses,  listed separately.


Special Note: Items 103 and 105 were originally published without my knowledge  More than 90% of each paper was an exact copy of my copyrighted intellectual property published in Crain's Petrophysical Handbook and in some of my other published articles. Rather than have the papers retracted from SPE archives, I requested that proper credit be given and the papers were corrected. This allows the content to be seen by South American and South East Asian audiences who may not have the same access to tutorials and self-study courses as are available elsewhere. If you object to this decision, contact the SPE at permissions@spe.org. More on plagiarism HERE.



THE LONG LIST


105.
Shale Gas Log Evaluation for Gas Volume Calculations
E. R. (Ross) Crain,  Hassan Aharipour, Mohamad Mehdy Ahi, Amin Abbasi,  Ayda Aharipourl 
2018  Field Exploration & Development Conference in, Xi’an, China 18-20 Sep 2018

  See Special Note


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

 

103. Characterization of Tight and Shale Unconventional Reservoirs from Logs - SPE-180961-MS
E. R. (Ross) Crain,  Hassan Aharipour, Mohsen Zeinali
SPE Argentina Exploration and Production of Unconventional Resources Symposium, Buenos Airesina, 1–3 June 2016.
 See Special Note


102. 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


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

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


98 -99. 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

97. 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

93 - 96. 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

92. 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

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

90. 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


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

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

86 - 87. 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

76 - 85. 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

74 - 75. 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

73. 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

72. 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

71. Crain's Data Acquis8tion (incl Wireline, LWD, MWD, Core, SCAL, etc)
E. R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.,
Course Reference Manual, Self Published, 2008
Updated annually through 2016


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


69. 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

68. Crain's Integrated Petrophysics -  Unconventional Reservoirs
E. R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
Self-Study Course, 13 Narrated AV Lecture, 2006
Updated annually through 2016


67. Crain's Analyzing Unconventional Reservoirs
E. R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.,
Course Reference Manual, Self Published, 2006
Updated annually through 2016


63 - 66. 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

62. Crain's Integrated Petrophysics - Seismic Petrophysica
E. R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
Self-Study Course, 14 Narrated AV Lectures, 2005
Updated annually through 2016


 
61.
Crain's Integrated Petrophysics - Advanced Topics
E. R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
Self-Study Course, 13 Narrated AV Lectures, 2005
Updated annually through 2016


60. Crain's Analyzing Fractured Reservoirs
E. R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.,
Course Reference Manual, Self Published, 2004
Updated annually through 2016


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

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

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

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

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

54. Crain's Integrated Petrophysics - Basic Topics
E. R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
Self-Study Course, 13 Narrated AV Lectures, 2003
Updated annually through 2016


53. Crain's Seismic Petrophysics
E. R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.,
Course Reference Manual, Self Published, 2003
Updated annually through 2016





52..Crain's Dipmeter Omnibus
E. R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.,
Course Reference Manual, Self Published, 2003
 Updated annually through 2016


51. 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

50. Crain's Analyzing Mechanical Properties
 E. R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.,
Course Reference Manual, Self Published, 2002
Updated annually through 2016





49. Crain's Analyzing Cement Integrity
E. R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.,
Course Reference Manual, Self Published, 2002
Updated annually through 2016





48. Crain's Logging Tool Theory
E. R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.,
Course Reference Manual, Self Published, 2001
Updated annually through 2016


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

46. 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

45. Crain's Petrophysical Handbook
 -- An Internet-based Worldwide eLearning Project for Petrophysics
E. R. Crain, P.Eng., Nov 1999
350 web pages  1.5 million page views (2015)
www.spec2000.net
 

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

43. The Log Analysis Handbook
Volume Two - Geological and Geophysical Methods
E. R. Crain Self Published. 1998
Out of Print


42. Biased Book Reviews: Log Analysis Text Books
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.

Canadian Well Logging Society Journal, Dec 1994

41. 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

39 - 40. Dipmeter Tools and Presentations
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.

Canadian Well Logging Society Journal, Dec 1992
Part 1
Part 2 (corrected Feb 2010)

38. The CWLS Water Catalog On Disc
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.

Canadian Well Logging Society Journal, March 1991

37. Crain's Analyzing Ancient Logs (incl Russian Style Logs)
E. R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.,
Course Reference Manual, Self Published, 1998
Updated annually through 2016


35 - 36. 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
  CWLS Paper
Geobyte Software Review

34. Crain's Petrophysical Pocket Pal
E. R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.,
Course Reference Manual, Self Published, 1987
Updated annually through 2016


31 - 33. 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 based on Usage Rules in Ref 22
  As above CWLS 1989 

30. A Primer on Expert Systems for Log Analysis
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.

Published Version: Canadian Well Logging Society Journal, March 1986

29. 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

28. 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**

27. 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

26. 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

25. Spreadsheet Analysis of Logs
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.

Trans. 10th Formation Evaluation Symposium - CWLS, Calgary, Sept 1985

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

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

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

21. The CWLS Log Analysis Example Book - A Preview
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.

Canadian Well Logging Society Journal, 1982

18 - 20. 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

17. Log Evaluation Results in the Deep Basin Area of Alberta
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.

Trans. 8th Formation Evaluation Symposium, CWLS, Calgary, Sep 1981

16. Log/Mate System for Analyzing Wells
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.

Journal Canadian Petroleum Technology, December 1980

15. Economics of Log Evaluation for Large Projects
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.

Trans. Society Professional Well Log Analysts, Lafayette LA, July 1980

13 - 14. 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**
CWLS Version

12. The Log/Mate Evaluation System
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng., D.W. Curwen, P.Eng.

Trans. 7th Formation Evaluation Symposium, CWLS, Calgary, Oct 1979

11. Basic Well Log Analysis Course
E. R. CraIn, P.Eng.
Log/Mate Limited, 1978
Updated annually through 1986

10. Log Interpretation in the High Arctic
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.

Trans. 6th Formation Evaluation Symposium- CWLS, Calgary, Oct 1977

9. Review of Gravity and Magnetic Data Processing Systems
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.

CSEG Journal, Vol 8 No 1, Calgary, Dec 1972

8. Review of Semi-Automatic Velocity Analysis Techniques
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.

ASEG Bulletin, Vol 2 No 1, Sydney, 1971

7. 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

6. Prediction of Well Log Interpretation Parameters - An Independent Study
E. R. Crain
, P.Eng.

Trans. 3rd Formation Evaluation Symposium, CWLS, Calgary, Oct. 1971


5. Basic Well Log Analysis Course
E. R. CraIn, P.Eng.
Published Internally for Dome Petroleum Ltd, 1968

4. Basic Well Logging Course for Geophysicists
E. R. CraIn, P.Eng.
Published Internally for Geophysical Services Inc, 1967

3. Basic Geology Course for Geophysicists
E. R. Crain, P.Eng.
Published Internally for Geophysical Services Inc, 1967

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 quoting or followup to the above paper:
     
 Tixier and Alger SPWLA 1967
     
 Schlumberger Log Interpretation Principles p106-107 1969
     
Costello and Norquay CIMM 1969
     
 Schlumberger Log Interpretation Principles p108-109 1972
     
 Schlumberger Log Interpretation Principles p103-104 1974
     
W. B. Anderson CWLS 1979
     
D. C. Hill, Jour Appl Geoph 1993