Joint flow-seismic inversion for characterizing fractured reservoirs: Theoretical approach and numerical modeling

Peter K. Kang, Yingcai Zheng, Xinding Fang, Rafal Wojcik, Dennis McLaughlin, Stephen Brown, Michael C. Fehler, Daniel R. Burns, Ruben Juanes

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Abstract

Traditionally, seismic interpretation is performed without any account of the flow behavior. Here, we present a methodology to characterize fractured geologic media by integrating flow and seismic data. The key element of the proposed approach is the identification of the intimate relation between acoustic and flow responses of a fractured reservoir through the fracture compliance. By means of synthetic models, we show that: (1) owing to the strong (but highly uncertain) dependence of fracture permeability on fracture compliance, the modeled flow response in a fractured reservoir is highly sensitive to the geophysical interpretation; and (2) by incorporating flow data (well pressures and production curves) into the inversion workflow, we can simultaneously reduce the error in the seismic interpretation and improve predictions of the reservoir flow dynamics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSociety of Exploration Geophysicists International Exposition and 83rd Annual Meeting, SEG 2013
Subtitle of host publicationExpanding Geophysical Frontiers
PublisherSociety of Exploration Geophysicists
Pages2511-2515
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781629931883
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventSociety of Exploration Geophysicists International Exposition and 83rd Annual Meeting: Expanding Geophysical Frontiers, SEG 2013 - Houston, United States
Duration: Sep 22 2013Sep 27 2013

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NameSociety of Exploration Geophysicists International Exposition and 83rd Annual Meeting, SEG 2013: Expanding Geophysical Frontiers

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OtherSociety of Exploration Geophysicists International Exposition and 83rd Annual Meeting: Expanding Geophysical Frontiers, SEG 2013
CountryUnited States
CityHouston
Period9/22/139/27/13

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    Kang, P. K., Zheng, Y., Fang, X., Wojcik, R., McLaughlin, D., Brown, S., Fehler, M. C., Burns, D. R., & Juanes, R. (2013). Joint flow-seismic inversion for characterizing fractured reservoirs: Theoretical approach and numerical modeling. In Society of Exploration Geophysicists International Exposition and 83rd Annual Meeting, SEG 2013: Expanding Geophysical Frontiers (pp. 2511-2515). (Society of Exploration Geophysicists International Exposition and 83rd Annual Meeting, SEG 2013: Expanding Geophysical Frontiers). Society of Exploration Geophysicists. https://doi.org/10.1190/segam2013-1397.1