The level of interest in heavy-oil and bitumen reservoirs has dramatically increased in recent times, stimulating research on their properties under various conditions. Rock physics provides the crucial link between the physical properties of the reservoir and seismic properties that can be remotely measured; however, there is currently no robust model to predict or infer the properties of heavy-oil or bitumen sands from seismic data, nor is there sufficient experimental data to calibrate such models. This is due to the particularly challenging nature of experimental measurements of heavy-oil sands.

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