Clastic reservoir exploration, development, and exploitation are inherently complex with recovery depending largely on the understanding of sand body architecture and interlayered clayey/silty baffles and barriers. Numerous data collection techniques and methods are now widely available for helping to enrich reservoir outcrop analogue data extraction from the well scale to the larger seismic scale. This integrated study uses the inherited, combined data from a localized light detection and ranging survey, measurements taken from a portable handheld spectrometer and air permeameter, in addition to total (or absolute) porosity measurements from thin sections to assist with the analysis of components influencing the interpretation of a digitally analyzed fluvial meanderbelt system outcrop. The purpose is not to perform a detailed reservoir characterization or to model a potential reservoir, but rather to study a section of a reservoir analogue and apply reservoir geology with integrated data collection techniques to highlight potential benefits and shortcomings of this type of approach. A point cloud survey generated from light detection and ranging, coupled with other tools including a portable handheld spectrometer and permeameter, supplements data from the light detection and ranging scan and increases the confidence of interpretations. Spectrometer measurements recorded at the outcrop are used to generate a pseudo-gamma log. Handheld air permeameter measurements give a sense of the permeability of corresponding lithologies, as well as the variability in permeability of the reservoir both laterally and vertically. Light detection and ranging also provides important information regarding rock properties. The high detail of the outcrop images is used for the assessment of reservoir characteristics. The reservoir data leads to an increased understanding of subsurface reservoirs, particularly of the fluvial meanderbelt type. This study shows the importance and drawbacks of a combined digital data collection approach for the analysis of a sedimentary outcrop.
Analysis of factors influencing the interpretation of a digitally examined fluvial meanderbelt system: Joggins Formation, Nova Scotia
Corresponding author: Trevor B. Kelly (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Trevor B. Kelly, Grant D. Wach; Analysis of factors influencing the interpretation of a digitally examined fluvial meanderbelt system: Joggins Formation, Nova Scotia. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences ; 57 (4): 524–541. doi: https://doi.org/10.1139/cjes-2018-0263
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