Abstract

Rock properties in the subsurface are of major importance for evaluating the petroleum prospectivity of a sedimentary basin. The key rock properties to understand are porosity, density, temperature, effective stress, and pore pressure. These rock properties can be obtained or calculated when borehole data are available. However, borehole data are usually sparse, especially in frontier basins. We propose some simple rock-physics transforms for converting P-wave velocity to other rock properties. We found that these rock-physics transforms are predictive in the east and west sides of Campeche Basin. The proposed rock-physics transforms can be used to obtain laterally varying rock properties based on information derived from seismic data.

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