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Towards an automated strategy for modelling extensional basins and margins in four dimensions

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Nicky White
Nicky White
Bullard Laboratories, Madingley Rise, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0EZ, UK
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John Haines
John Haines
Bullard Laboratories, Madingley Rise, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0EZ, UK
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Stephen Jones
Stephen Jones
Bullard Laboratories, Madingley Rise, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0EZ, UK
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Detlef Hanne
Detlef Hanne
Bullard Laboratories, Madingley Rise, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0EZ, UK
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Published:
January 01, 2004

Abstract

There is a need for quantitative models which predict the structural and thermal evolution of sedimentary basins and margins in three dimensions. Although many different, two-dimensional algorithms exist, most of them are forward models which assume that rifting is instantaneous. We outline a three-dimensional optimization strategy which calculates spatial and temporal variations in strain rate. This approach is a generalization of an existing two-dimensional inversion algorithm which already tackles three issues of interest to the hydrocarbon industry. First, the residual misfit between observed and predicted basin geometries allows competing structural and stratigraphic interpretations to be objectively tested. Secondly, the animated evolution of basin and margins can be produced using the strain rate tensor. Thirdly, spatial and temporal variations of strain rate control basal heatflow, which in turn constrains the temperature and maturation histories of the sedimentary pile. Here, we present a small selection of two-dimensional results and show how our three-dimensional formulation is a logical extension of earlier work. A three-dimensional algorithm is under development.

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Geological Society, London, Memoirs

3D Seismic Technology: Application to the Exploration of Sedimentary Basins

Richard J. Davies
Richard J. Davies
Cardiff University, UK
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Joseph A. Cartwright
Joseph A. Cartwright
Cardiff University, UK
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Simon A. Stewart
Simon A. Stewart
BP, Azerbaijan
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Mark Lappin
Mark Lappin
ExxonMobil Exploration Company, USA
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John R. Underhill
John R. Underhill
The University of Edinburgh, UK
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Geological Society of London
Volume
29
ISBN electronic:
9781862394049
Publication date:
January 01, 2004

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