Imaged-based multiscale network modelling of microporosity in carbonates
Published:January 01, 2015
Maša Prodanović, Ayaz Mehmani, Adrian P. Sheppard, 2015. "Imaged-based multiscale network modelling of microporosity in carbonates", Fundamental Controls on Fluid Flow in Carbonates: Current Workflows to Emerging Technologies, S. M. Agar, S. Geiger
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Diagenetic changes such as cementation or dissolution have a strong control on carbonate pore structure, and often disconnect the original intergranular pore space. Spatial distribution of submicron porosity (microporosity) that develops in the process, as well as its influence on flow properties, is difficult to image and characterize. Yet, a petrophysically rigorous pore-scale model that accounts for submicron porosity interconnectivity would help in the understanding and development of carbonate reservoirs dominated by microporosity. We present algorithms to geometrically match pore–throat networks from two separate length scales that can be extracted directly from three-dimensional (3D) rock images, or be constructed to match the relevant measured properties. We evaluate the combined influence of cementation and dissolution using a Bentheimer Sandstone sample, as well as image-identified microporosity on flow transport properties in an Estaillades Limestone sample.
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Fundamental Controls on Fluid Flow in Carbonates: Current Workflows to Emerging Technologies
This volume highlights key challenges for fluid-flow prediction in carbonate reservoirs, the approaches currently employed to address these challenges and developments in fundamental science and technology. The papers span methods and case studies that highlight workflows and emerging technologies in the fields of geology, geophysics, petrophysics, reservoir modelling and computer science. Topics include: detailed pore-scale studies that explore fundamental processes and applications of imaging and flow modelling at the pore scale; case studies of diagenetic processes with complementary perspectives from reactive transport modelling; novel methods for rock typing; petrophysical studies that investigate the impact of diagenesis and fault-rock properties on acoustic signatures; mechanical modelling and seismic imaging of faults in carbonate rocks; modelling geological influences on seismic anisotropy; novel approaches to geological modelling; methods to represent key geological details in reservoir simulations and advances in computer visualization, analytics and interactions for geoscience and engineering.