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Direct elastic properties to resistivity transforms

Dimitrios Economou and Behzad Alaei
Direct elastic properties to resistivity transforms
Geophysics (September 2016) 81 (5): IM109-IM118


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.

ISSN: 0016-8033
EISSN: 1942-2156
Coden: GPYSA7
Serial Title: Geophysics
Serial Volume: 81
Serial Issue: 5
Title: Direct elastic properties to resistivity transforms
Affiliation: Earth Science Analytics, Bergen, Norway
Pages: IM109-IM118
Published: 201609
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 35
Accession Number: 2016-098856
Categories: Applied geophysics
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
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Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data supplied by Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
Update Code: 201648
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