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Geostatistical Analysis of Seismic Data for Regional Modeling of the Broom Creek Formation, North Dakota, USANormal access

Authors: A. Livers-Douglas, M. Burton-Kelly, B. Oster, W. Peck and N. Bosshart
Event name: Petroleum Geostatistics 2019
Session: Poster Session 2
Publication date: 02 September 2019
DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.201902261
Organisations: EAGE
Language: English
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The Energy & Environmental Research Center is investigating the feasibility of safely and permanently storing at least 50 million tonnes of CO2 in North Dakota, United States. A regional geologic model of the injection target was created: the eolian sandstones of the Permian Broom Creek Formation. This study demonstrates how seismic data, covering a subset of the overall model region, were integrated using both multiple-point statistics (MPS) and variogram analysis. Seismic geobody interpretation enabled MPS training image development to define a lithofacies distribution, which was then used to constrain petrophysical property distributions. Alternatively, a seismic porosity inversion volume was used to calculate variograms, which were then applied in property distributions throughout the greater region. The mean and standard deviation of the porosity distributions were nearly identical in both, but porosity in the MPS case was bimodal (attributed to the facies model) versus a unimodal distribution in the variogram analysis case. These results do not indicate one approach is altogether better than the other, but geologic characteristics and control point density may make one approach more suitable. Relative agreement between the methods indicates the biggest overall benefit to a project occurs simply in having seismic data to inform model construction.

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