Its time to start building models that look like reality
First Published May 2015 Here
It is common practice to build geological models of the subsurface for purposes of visualization, volumetrics, well planning and simulation, however all too often our complete understanding of the reservoir from a depositional standpoint is not incorporated into their construction. This leads to the kind of “statistical fuzz” models we are familiar with which do not look like the depositional system. This is of particular importance for steam based thermal recovery methods, where the distribution of permeability is of primary importance to reservoir performance. If we are not honouring all of our data (seismic, outcrop, stratigraphic framework, dipmeter, analogue, core etc), how can we expect our simulations, visualisations and well planning to be accurate based on an incomplete representation of the reservoir? Applied Realistic Geoscience is the company I set up to address these issues. With the oil price so low, it is even more important to maximize value from existing assets. Basing reservoir management decisions on insights from a realistic model that honours all of your data is a critical step towards that. Perhaps we should talk.