ABSTRACT

Numerous publications have dealt with estimations of resistivity from elastic parameters and vice versa. Attempts have been made in the cross-property relationship of elastic and electric properties, in particular, velocity to resistivity using different parameters, such as porosity and water saturation. These types of transforms are currently used to predict background seismic velocities and resistivities, or even start models for seismic or controlled source electromagnetic (CSEM) inversions. However, they are not reliable predictors because they depict the regional elastic or electric variations with limited accuracy. We present a novel approach for the development of models capable of estimating the regional subsurface resistivity based on information from regional wells and seismic inversions. We apply multivariate nonlinear regression on data derived from regional wells and seismic inversions and subsequently produced an estimation of subsurface horizontal resistivity that could be either used as a direct hydrocarbon indicator or provide a constraint on the horizontal resistivity in anisotropic CSEM inversions. We have verified the validity of the approach using two data sets from the Norwegian continental shelf. We found very good agreement between the borehole-measured and predicted resistivity.

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