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Full-angle extended elastic impedance

Javad Sharifi and Marzieh Mirzakhanian
Full-angle extended elastic impedance
Interpretation (Tulsa) (November 2019) 7 (4): T869-T885


Application of seismic interpretation for fluid detection in carbonate reservoirs has been a major challenge for researchers in the past few decades. In this context, many approaches have been introduced, but they failed to be effective enough in the presence of different pore types in carbonate rocks. On this basis, we have developed a novel method called full-angle extended elastic impedance (FEEI) analysis as an alternative to seismic interpretation for fluid detection. Investigating the entire trend of changes in extended elastic impedance (EEI) values with chi angles (the intercept-gradient coordinate rotation angles), FEEI analysis can efficiently discriminate fluid types in carbonate reservoirs. The first steps in the application of the proposed method include performing fluid substitution modeling and making FEEI templates using FEEI analysis for different saturation scenarios. Subsequently, the derived FEEI method was subjected to validation and verification based on a carbonate case study with five existing wells drilled into a zone containing oil and brine. Next, we inverted the prestack seismic data to EEI data at corresponding chi angles, followed by interpreting the resultant EEI data by FEEI templates. Comparisons between the obtained EEI-inverted sections indicated the robustness and reliability of the proposed approach in estimating the type of pore fluid in the selected carbonate interval. Finally, estimation results were successfully tested on a blind well, which ended up with promising results, and we discuss the uncertainties associated with this methodology. The findings of this research include the introduction of a novel EEI template (i.e., FEEI template) and two new rock-physics templates for fluid detection, with the considered case study confirming the applicability of the proposed FEEI in a carbonate field.

ISSN: 2324-8858
EISSN: 2324-8866
Serial Title: Interpretation (Tulsa)
Serial Volume: 7
Serial Issue: 4
Title: Full-angle extended elastic impedance
Affiliation: Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Department of Geology, Mashhad, Iran
Pages: T869-T885
Published: 201911
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 90
Accession Number: 2020-011797
Categories: Economic geology, geology of energy sources
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. geol. sketch map
N25°00'00" - N39°30'00", E44°00'00" - E63°19'60"
Secondary Affiliation: University of Tehran, IRN, Iran
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2020, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 2020
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