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Borehole Image Log Technology: Application Across the Exploration and Production Life Cycle

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Michael Pöppelreiter
Michael Pöppelreiter
Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre, Doha, Qatar
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García-Carballido Carmen
García-Carballido Carmen
Maersk Oil North Sea, UK Ltd., Altens, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Martin Kraaijveld
Martin Kraaijveld
Petroleum Development Oman, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
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Published:
January 01, 2010

Abstract

The ever-increasing energy demand requires recovery from existing fields to be maximized, a process mostly dependent on accurate reservoir models. Borehole imaging is one of the fastest and most precise methods for collecting subsurface data (Figure 1). Borehole imaging can feed even millimeter-scale information into these models (Paillet et al., 1990). Increasingly, borehole images can be transmitted and integrated into reservoirmodels while drilling, which is an important step toward real-time field optimization (Sparkman, 2003). Recent advances in modeling software allow the fully integrated use of image data in reservoir models for the first time. As a result, the status of borehole image technology is shifting from being a niche application to being a key component of both static and dynamic reservoir models. Technological advances in borehole imaging during the past 5 yr have facilitated these developments. One important area of progress is the introduction of highresolution oil-base imagers (Pavlovic, 2002). The quality of recent images in oil-base mud systems comes close to wireline image resolution. Even more significant is the development of high-resolution logging-while-drilling (LWD) tools (Ritter et al., 2004) that now rival traditional wireline images. The latest generation of LWD imaging tools can detect high-permeability streaks only a few decimeters thick and can track them for long distances using advanced, image-based geosteering technology (Prosser et al., 2006).

Borehole imaging is now on its way to becoming a mature technology, and it is used in increasingly advanced applications

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AAPG Memoir

Dipmeter and Borehole Image Log Technology

M. Pöppelreiter
M. Pöppelreiter
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C. García-Carballido
C. García-Carballido
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M. Kraaijveld
M. Kraaijveld
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Volume
92
ISBN electronic:
9781629810263
Publication date:
January 01, 2010

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