Traditionally, seismic interpretation is performed without any account of the flow behavior. Here, we present a methodology to characterize fractured geologic media by integrating flow and seismic data. The key element of the proposed approach is the identification of the intimate relation between acoustic and flow responses of a fractured reservoir through the fracture compliance. By means of synthetic models, we show that: (1) owing to the strong (but highly uncertain) dependence of fracture permeability on fracture compliance, the modeled flow response in a fractured reservoir is highly sensitive to the geophysical interpretation; and (2) by incorporating flow data (well pressures and production curves) into the inversion workflow, we can simultaneously reduce the error in the seismic interpretation and improve predictions of the reservoir flow dynamics.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Society of Exploration Geophysicists International Exposition and 83rd Annual Meeting, SEG 2013|
|Subtitle of host publication||Expanding Geophysical Frontiers|
|Publisher||Society of Exploration Geophysicists|
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - 2013|
|Event||Society of Exploration Geophysicists International Exposition and 83rd Annual Meeting: Expanding Geophysical Frontiers, SEG 2013 - Houston, United States|
Duration: Sep 22 2013 → Sep 27 2013
|Name||Society of Exploration Geophysicists International Exposition and 83rd Annual Meeting, SEG 2013: Expanding Geophysical Frontiers|
|Other||Society of Exploration Geophysicists International Exposition and 83rd Annual Meeting: Expanding Geophysical Frontiers, SEG 2013|
|Period||9/22/13 → 9/27/13|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was funded by the Eni Multiscale Reservoir Science Project within the Eni-MIT Energy Initiative Founding Member Program.