Unconventional/complex reservoirs

Stratigraphic Forward Modeling Assists Carbonate-Reservoir Characterization

The authors of this paper describe a project that integrates carbonate stratigraphic forward models of outcropping formations and reservoir-modeling work flows.

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Improving carbonate-reservoir prediction, field development, and production forecasts, especially in zones lacking data, requires novel reservoir-modeling approaches, including process-based methods. Classical geostatistic modeling methods alone cannot match this challenge, particularly if subtle stratigraphic architectures or sedimentary and diagenetic geometries not directly identified as properties with well data control the reservoir heterogeneity.

Stratigraphic forward-modeling approaches can provide pertinent information to carbonate-reservoir characterization. The complete paper describes a modeling package tested and calibrated with high-resolution stratigraphic outcrop models.

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