CALIBRATION OF SEISMIC ATTRIBUTES FOR RESERVOIR CHARACTERIZATION

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The project, ''Calibration of Seismic Attributes for Reservoir Calibration,'' is on schedule after the first year of the contract. They have been working on multiple data sets, including two public-domain sets, one proprietary data set with a corporate partner, and one other proprietary data set as a member of a consortium. They have expanded the use of high-end software well beyond that anticipated in the original work plan, and now use, on a regular basis. The use of these high-end software packages has greatly enhanced their ability to identify, study, and evaluate potential attributes in the seismic data. The data ... continued below

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Pennington, Wayne D. November 1, 1999.

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The project, ''Calibration of Seismic Attributes for Reservoir Calibration,'' is on schedule after the first year of the contract. They have been working on multiple data sets, including two public-domain sets, one proprietary data set with a corporate partner, and one other proprietary data set as a member of a consortium. They have expanded the use of high-end software well beyond that anticipated in the original work plan, and now use, on a regular basis. The use of these high-end software packages has greatly enhanced their ability to identify, study, and evaluate potential attributes in the seismic data. The data sets used in this project represent a wide variety of environments. One is the fluvial-channel depositional setting of the Stratton data set in South Texas, where the problem consists not only of recognizing the seismic response of a sand-filled channel, but separating it from the signature of interfering thin-beds, most of which are not productive. Another environment is the delta and shore-face setting of the Boonsville data set in North Texas, where karsting in deeper horizons has altered the local productivity of the shallower horizons under consideration. The Wamsutter area of Wyoming provides a very different example, one of a fairly tight formation in a thin-bedded sequence; this data set is likely to be the most difficult to analyze in terms of seismic attributes. The Gulf of Mexico is one location where seismic-attribute analysis is fairly routine, and one of the data sets is from there: the Teal South field is the subject of a time-lapse study using multi-component ocean-bottom sensors; the study is concentrating (at first) on the legacy streamer data obtained prior to production from the field, with the intention of using the time-lapse results to confirm (or disprove) the physical basis of the attributes they study. These data sets are being studied in a variety of manners. By the end of the second year of the project, all data sets will have undergone similar processing approaches to the evaluation of seismic attributes, but at this time they have begun by concentrating on what they consider to be the most promising techniques for each field. The Boonsville data set has been evaluated using ''conventional'' seismic attributes, such as those that are based on Hilbert-transform techniques. The Stratton data set analysis has concentrated on the use of wavelet-shape classification techniques. Both Boonsville and Stratton have been analyzed using the Dynamic Fluid Method of TransSeismic International, in which a combination of differential instantaneous frequency and amplitude attributes remove what is presumed to be lithology effect, in an effort to identify effects due to pressure and open crack-shaped pores. The Wamsutter data set has been studied using geostatistical classification schemes, and has undergone some initial inspection with impedance inversion and wavelet-shape analysis. The analysis of the Teal South data set has so far been primarily based on impedance inversion and petrophysical predictions. Although the use of simple attributes can often be found to correlate with reservoir properties of interest, the interpretations so far suggest that there are many pitfalls to be encountered. On the other hand, a knowledge-based model for interpretation of waveform character is likely to prove beneficial for attribute understanding and use. This knowledge base can come from forward modeling and/or inversion for volume properties.

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Pennington, Wayne D. CALIBRATION OF SEISMIC ATTRIBUTES FOR RESERVOIR CHARACTERIZATION, report, November 1, 1999; [Houghton, Michigan]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc786928/: accessed October 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.