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Inversion and interpretation of seismic-derived rock properties in the Duvernay play

Ronald M. Weir, David W. Eaton, Larry R. Lines, Donald C. Lawton and Eneanwan Ekpo
Inversion and interpretation of seismic-derived rock properties in the Duvernay play
Interpretation (Tulsa) (May 2018) 6 (2): SE1-SE14


We have developed an interpretive seismic workflow that incorporates multicomponent seismic inversion, guided by structural mapping, for characterizing low-permeability unconventional reservoirs. The workflow includes the determination of a calibrated time-depth relationship, generation of seismic-derived structural maps, poststack inversion, amplitude-variation-with-offset analysis, and PP-PS joint inversion. The subsequent interpretation procedure combines structural and inversion results with seismic-derived lithologic parameters, such as the Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio, and brittleness index. We applied this workflow to a 3D multicomponent seismic data set from the Duvernay play in the Kaybob area in Alberta, Canada. Subtle faults are discernible using isochron maps, horizontal time slices, and seismic stratal slices. Fault-detection software is also used to aid in the delineation of structural discontinuities. We found that seismic-derived attributes, coupled with structural mapping, can be used to map reservoir facies and thus to highlight zones that are most favorable for hydraulic-fracture stimulation. By imaging structural discontinuities and preexisting zones of weakness, seismic mapping also contributes to an improved framework for understanding the induced-seismicity risk.

ISSN: 2324-8858
EISSN: 2324-8866
Serial Title: Interpretation (Tulsa)
Serial Volume: 6
Serial Issue: 2
Title: Inversion and interpretation of seismic-derived rock properties in the Duvernay play
Affiliation: University of Calgary, Department of Geoscience, Calgary, AB, Canada
Pages: SE1-SE14
Published: 201805
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 37
Accession Number: 2019-006797
Categories: Economic geology, geology of energy sourcesApplied geophysics
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: block diags., chart, sects., 1 table, geol. sketch maps
N54°00'00" - N56°00'00", W119°00'00" - W117°00'00"
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2019, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 201906
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