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Four-dimensional seismic monitoring of reservoir fluid-flow processes
Author(s): David E. Lumley
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Paper Abstract

Time-lapse 3D seismic monitoring of subsurface rock property changes incurred during reservoir fluid-flow processes is an emerging new diagnostic technology for optimizing hydrocarbon production. I discuss the physical theory relevant for three-phase fluid flow in a producing oil reservoir, and rock physics transformations of fluid-flow pressure, temperature and pore-fluid saturation values to seismic P-wave and S-wave velocity. I link fluid-flow physical parameters to seismic reflection data amplitudes and traveltimes through elastic wave equation modeling and imaging theory. I demonstrate in a simulated data example that changes in fluid-flow can be monitored and imaged from repeated seismic surveys acquired at varying production calendar times.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2301, Mathematical Methods in Geophysical Imaging II, (23 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.187497
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David E. Lumley, Stanford Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2301:
Mathematical Methods in Geophysical Imaging II
Siamak Hassanzadeh, Editor(s)

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