Rock Physics SIG: New Inversion-based Rock Physics Method for Calibration of Seismic Inversion Products with...- Mar 3rd
Complete Title: New Inversion-based Rock Physics Method for Calibration of Seismic Inversion Products with Well Logs
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Speaker: Valeriia Sobolevskaia
Calibration of rock physics models using borehole acoustic logs and seismic data is a fundamental step in the interpretation of seismic inversion products into petrophysical properties. Sonic logs are affected by noise, environmental, and smoothing effects. However, rock physics models typically assume homogeneous spatial properties. Therefore, to obtain a reliable estimate of petrophysical and fluid properties from borehole measurements, the logs need to be noise-free and their volume of investigation needs to be consistent with the assumptions implicit in the rock physics model. To circumvent these problems, we introduce a new two-step workflow that reconciles acoustic logs and rock physics models. First, we “deconvolve” the spatial sensitivity function inherent to borehole logs to obtain layer-by-layer elastic properties with corresponding uncertainties. Then we estimate layer petrophysical properties via joint Bayesian inversion with Random Walk Markov chain Monte Carlo sampling. The proposed workflow reduces the computational time up to 1,000 times when compared to traditional Bayesian inversion. Rock physics models are calibrated efficiently and accurately even in the presence of noise. Field examples verify that the estimated petrophysical properties are consistent with core data.
Speaker Biography: Valeriia Sobolevskaia
Born and raised in a tiny Siberian town, Valeriia Sobolevskaia received a Bachelors degree in Geology from Saint Petersburg State University, Russia in 2012. In a quest to strengthen her education and broaden horizons Valeriia moved to Edinburgh, UK and obtained a Masters degree in Reservoir Management from Heriot-Watt University. In 2014 Valeriia joined ExxonMobil as an exploration geoscientist and spent four fruitful years working in a broad range of geophysical projects. However, her quest for knowledge continued as Valeriia decided to go back to school in 2018 and received yet another Masters degree, this time in Petroleum Engineering from University of Texas at Austin. Valeriia is currently pursuing a doctorate in Geophysics at Rice University, researching geophysical methods for groundwater and environmental monitoring. In her spare time Valeriia enjoys traveling (pre-COVID), gardening, and exploring new recipes.
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