Involving data on horizontal wells into the process of spectral simulation for enhancing prognostic ability of digital geological models

UDK: 622.276.1/.4.001.57
DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2018-12-18-21
Key words: eological modelling, spectral modelling, geostatistics, horizontal wells
Authors: N.S. Ismagilov (Gazpromneft NTC LLC, RF, Saint-Petersburg), A.A. Shpindler (Gazpromneft NTC LLC, RF, Saint-Petersburg), E.V. Varzegov (Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, RF, Saint-Petersburg), A.S. Trushin (Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, RF, Saint-Petersburg)

The paper introduces new results regarding the spectral approach to geological modelling which extends it by providing means to involve data on horizontal wells in the process of spectral simulation. An analytical algorithm for conditioning random fields of 3D geological property simulated by the spectral method on horizontal wells data is described. The algorithm is based on generalization of kriging and two-step conditioning of stationary stochastic fields, based on that generalization. Numerical algorithms are provided for analytical derivations and implemented in program code in order to assess practical applicability of the method.

In order to demonstrate efficiency of the new method two models of sand distribution for a reservoir containing significant number of horizontal wells were simulated. The first one was simulated by means of conventional spectral approach, based only on vertical wells, and the second one was simulated by new method, based on all wells, including horizontal ones. Comparison of the two models showed that the second model, while preserving statistical characteristics of the well data as good as the first model, precisely reproduced data along horizontal well, thus increasing prognostic ability of the geological model. The results presented in the paper eliminate one of the main limitations of the spectral approach to geological modelling and significantly widen its practical application scope.


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