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Spatial constrained inverse rock physics modellingNormal access

Authors: B. Moyano, E.H. Jensen and T.A. Johansen
Journal name: Geophysical Prospecting
Issue: Vol 63, No 1, January 2015 pp. 183 - 191
DOI: 10.1111/1365-2478.12178
Organisations: Wiley
Language: English
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Predicting reservoir parameters, such as porosity, lithology, and saturations, from geophysical parameters is a problem with non-unique solutions. The variance in solutions can be extensive, especially for saturation and lithology. However, the reservoir parameters will typically vary smoothly within certain zones—in vertical and horizontal directions. In this work, we integrate spatial correlations in the predicted parameters to constrain the range of predicted solutions from a particular type of inverse rock physics modelling method. Our analysis is based on well-log data from the Glitne field, where vertical correlations with depth are expected. It was found that the reservoir parameters with the shortest depth correlation (lithology and saturation) provided the strongest constraint to the set of solutions. In addition, due to the interdependence between the reservoir parameters, constraining the predictions by the spatial correlation of one parameter also reduced the number of predictions of the other two parameters. Moreover, the use of additional constraints such as measured log data at specific depth locations can further narrow the range of solutions.

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