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Seismic Correlations of Well Markers in Difficult Settings - An Example from the Nelson Field - Forties SandstonesNormal access

Authors: F. Qayyum, N. Sakuyama, V. Romanova, A. Huck and P.F.M. de Groot
Event name: 79th EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2017
Session: Seismic Interpretation - New Workflows and Case Studies I
Publication date: 12 June 2017
DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.201701171
Organisations: EAGE
Language: English
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In settings characterized by erosional features and sediment infill, mapping unconformities, or sequence boundaries at intra-reservoir levels is the key to building accurate reservoir models. In many such cases, unconformities can be picked reliably in wells. However, correlating these markers from well-to-well on seismic data is challenging. Conventional horizon auto-trackers cannot be used because the seismic response along unconformable events varies laterally. In some cases unconformities can be drawn manually but this is a time-consuming task that, at best, generates inaccurate surfaces. As the complexity of reservoir architecture increases manual drawing becomes more challenging and practically impossible. In this paper we present a study performed on the Nelson Field as an example of a new method for correlating wells at intra-reservoir levels on seismic data. We use an inversion-based algorithm to create a dense set of horizons that fits exactly at important well markers. The method consists of two steps: 1. With the help of an “unconformity tracker” a set of intra-reservoir framework horizons are produced, which fully honour the well markers. 2. Using a similar inversion-based algorithm a dense set of horizons is created in between the framework horizons.

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