Inversion of Full Waveform Sonic Data Assists Calibration of Geomechanics Model
This paper describes a technique used to derive stresses for a gas-storage field and then calibrate the 1D mechanical earth model of the field.
In 1D geomechanics projects, calibration of stress is extremely important in the construction of a valid mechanical earth model (MEM). The effective minimum horizontal stress (Shmin) data usually are available from traditional measurements, but these have a few deficiencies. The complete paper presents a technique for deriving stresses in which the radial variation of acoustic velocity from an advanced dipole sonic logging tool is inverted to obtain stress. These derived stresses are then used to calibrate the 1D MEM for a gas storage field.
The field is in the Otway Basin in Western Victoria. Gas is trapped in the Late Cretaceous Waarre formation at depths between 1155 and 1200 m subsea.