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Inverting for Lithology Using Resistivity Models and BoreholesNormal access

Authors: A.V. Christiansen, N. Foged and E. Auken
Event name: Near Surface Geoscience 2014 - 20th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics
Session: Hydrogeophysics I
Publication date: 08 September 2014
DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.20141948
Organisations: EAGE
Language: English
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We present an automatic method for parameterization of a 3D model of the subsurface, integrating lithological information from boreholes with resistivity models through an inverse optimization, with the objective of further detailing for geological models or as direct input to groundwater models. The parameter of interest is the clay fraction, expressed as the relative length of clay-units in a depth interval. The clay fraction is obtained from lithological logs and the clay fraction from the resistivity is obtained by establishing a simple petrophysical relationship, a translator function, between resistivity and the clay fraction. Through inversion we use the lithological data and the resistivity data to determine the optimum spatially distributed translator function. Applying the translator function we get a 3D clay fraction model, which holds information from the resistivity dataset and the borehole dataset in one variable. We apply the concept to the Norsminde survey in Denmark integrating approximately 700 boreholes and more than 100,000 resistivity models from an airborne survey in the parameterization of the 3D model covering 156 km2. The final 3D model differentiates between clay materials and different high resistive materials from information held in resistivity model and borehole observations respectively

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