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Reservoir Geophysics Research Program

 

Characterization of Fractured Reservoirs Using Static and Dynamic Data: from Sonic and 3D Seismic to Permeability Distribution

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SwRI scientists perform electromagnetic surveys using frequency-domain or transient electromagnetic techniques.

In low permeability reservoirs, natural fractures can be the most important mechanism controlling the production of fluids.  In this project, we investigated the use of sonic and other well logs, surface and crosswell seismic data, and field production histories to characterize field permeability and other reservoir parameters.

 

This work was sponsored by the National Petroleum Technology Office of the U.S. Department of Energy.

 

Technology Transfer

Reports:

Parra, J.O., C.L. Hackert, R.L. Brown, H.A. Collier, A. Datta-Gupta, and A. Idrobo. "Characterization of fractured reservoirs using static and dynamic data: from sonic and 3D seismic to permeability distribution," final report DE98000498, Dept. of Energy, December 1998.

Parra, J.O., C.L. Hackert, R.L. Brown, H.A. Collier, and A. Datta-Gupta. "Characterization of fractured reservoirs using static and dynamic data: from sonic and 3D seismic to permeability distribution," annual report DE98000542, Dept. of Energy, October 1998.

Parra, J.O., H.A. Collier, A. Datta-Gupta, T.E. Owen, S. Peddibhotla, P.-C. Xu, and B.J. Zook. "Characterization of fractured reservoirs using static and dynamic data: from sonic and 3D seismic to permeability distribution," annual report DE96001284, Dept. of Energy, June 1997.

Papers:

Parra, J.O., 2000, "Poroelastic model to relate seismic wave attenuation and dispersion to permeability anisotropy," Geophysics, 65, 202-210. [abstract][PDF]

Hackert, C.L., J.O. Parra, R.L. Brown, and H.A. Collier, 2001,"Characterization of dispersion, attenuation, and anisotropy at the Buena Vista Hills field, California," Geophysics 66, pp. 90-96. [abstract]

Parra, J.O., and H.A. Collier, 2000, "Characterization of fractures using petrophysics and 2D seismic in the Twin Creek Reservoir, Lodgepole Field, Utah-Wyoming Overthrust Belt," Petrophysics 41, pp. 351-362.

Parra, J.O., C.L. Hackert, R. Ababou, and M.J. Sablik, 1999, "Dispersion and attenuation of acoustic waves in randomly heterogeneous media," J. Appl. Geophys 42, pp. 99-115. [PDF]

Parra, J.O., R. Ababou, M.J. Sablik, and C.L. Hackert, 1999 "A stochastic wavefield solution of the acoustic wave equation based on the random Fourier-Stieltjes increments," J. Appl. Geophys 42, pp. 81-97. [PDF]

Parra, J.O., H.A. Collier, and B.G. Angstman, 1999, "Feasibility of detecting seismic waves between wells at the fractured Twin Creek reservoir, Utah-Wyoming Overthrust Belt," in Reservoir Characterization - Recent Advances, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Memoir, R.A. Shatzinger, J. Jordan, eds., Vol. 71, pp. 251-262.

Parra, J.O., 1998, "Dispersion of acoustic waves in poroelastic media with azimuthal anisotropy," in J.-F. Thimus et al., Ed., Poromechanics: a Tribute to Maurice A. Biot, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, Blakema, Rotterdam.

Parra, J.O., 1997, "The transversely isotropic poroelastic wave equation including the Biot and the squirt mechanisms: Theory and application," Geophysics 62, no. 01, 309-318.

Parra, J.O., 1997, "The Hunt for Hydrocarbons," Technology Today®, vol. 18, no. 2.

Presentations:

Xu, P.-C. and J.O. Parra. "Effects of a vertical fluid-filled fracture on borehole dipole logs," 69th Annual Meeting, Soc. Expl. Geophys., November 1-4, 1999, Houston, TX.

Parra, J. O., C.L. Hackert, R.L. Brown, and H.A. Collier. "An approach to predict elastic scattering and intrinsic attenuation in turbidites at the Buena Vista Hills field, California."  Poster presentation at the AAPG 1999 Annual Meeting, April 11-14, 1999, San Antonio, TX.

Hackert, C.L., and J.O. Parra. "Effective medium wave propagation in a stochastic earth with intrinsic attenuation."  Poster presentation at the 5th SIAM Conference on Geosciences, March 24-27, 1999, San Antonio, TX.

Hackert, C.L., J.O. Parra, and P.-C. Xu. "Simulation of full waveform dipole sonic logging in vertically fractured formations," at Oil Recovery from Naturally Fractured Reservoirs: Field Studies, Modeling, and Analytic Methods, a technology transfer workshop of the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council, October 16, 1998, Midland, TX.  [PPT, 3847 KB]

Parra, J.O. "Dispersion of acoustic waves in poroelastic media with azimuthal anisotropy," Poromechanics Meeting, Belgium, 1998.  [PPT, 1838 KB]

Parra, J.O., C.L. Hackert, R.L. Brown, and H.A. Collier. "Estimation of components of elastic scattering and intrinsic attenuation via well control at the Buena Vista Hills field," poster presentation at the SEG 68th Annual Meeting, September 14-18, 1998, New Orleans, LA.

Xu, P.-C. and J.O. Parra. "A parametric study of synthetic dipole logging data in azimuthally anisotropic formations," Expanded Abstract, SEG International Exposition and 68th Annual Meeting, 1998, New Orleans, 260-263.

Xu, P.-C. and J.O. Parra. "Full wave synthetic borehole logging for formations with azimuthal anisotropy," Expanded Abstract, 67th Annual International Meeting: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 1997.

Parra, J.O., H.A. Collier, and T. Richards. "Seismic signatures of the fractured Twin Creek reservoir, Utah-Wyoming Overthrust Belt," Expanded Abstract, 67th Annual International Meeting: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 1997.

Parra, J.O., H.A. Collier, and B. Angstman. "Seismic Signatures of the Fractured Twin Creek Reservoir in Lodgepole field, Utah-Wyoming Overthrust Belt," 4th International Reservoir Characterization Technical Conference Proceedings, Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, NIPER-Oklahoma and American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 1997.

 

For more information about our work in the characterization of fractured reservoirs using static and dynamic data, or how you can contract with SwRI, please contact Jorge O. Parra, Ph.D., at jparra@swri.org or (210) 522-3284.

 

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Contact Information

Jorge O. Parra, Ph.D.

Reservoir Geophysics

(210) 522-3284

jparra@swri.org

reservoirgeophysics.swri.org

Related Terminology

geophysics

seismic analysis

acoustic analysis

electromagnetic analysis

seismic measurements

borehole well log

permeability

continuity

crosswell

interwell seismic measurements

geological analysis

well log data

oil industry services

gas well characterization

environmental analysis

 

 
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