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Joint Assimilation of Electromagnetic and Seismic Data - a Stochastic ApproachGold Open Access

Author: F. Vossepoel
Event name: 81st EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2019 Workshop Programme
Session: WS11 Reservoir Characterization and Monitoring from Inversion and Joint Inversion of Seismic and Non-seismic Methods
Publication date: 03 June 2019
DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.201901985
Organisations: EAGE
Language: English
Info: Abstract, PDF ( 421.91Kb )

The complementary nature of seismic and electromagnetic (EM) data asks for joint inversion of these data sets for reservoir characterisation and monitoring. EM data contain valuable information on the reservoir lithologies and have the ability to discriminate between hydrocarbon- and brine-filled rock. As the EM signal is diffusive, the resolution of the data is generally low, and is best combined with seismic data and appropriate prior models that help constrain the solution space. To account for uncertainties in the data in a statistically robust manner, we propose to make use of data assimilation techniques. This approach is especially attractive in monitoring applications where dynamic models provide a physically consistent prior estimate of the reservoir characteristics and its state evolution. After providing an overview of the possibilities for joint assimilation of EM and seismic data, a number of data-assimilation examples will illustrate the advantages and disadvantages of the various approaches.

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