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    Rock Physics and Statistical Rock Physics for Seismic Reservoir Characterization and Quantitative Interpretation

    This course covers fundamentals of Rock Physics and Statistical Rock Physics, ranging from basic laboratory and theoretical results to practical “recipes” that can be immediately applied in the field.  We will present qualitative and quantitative tools for understanding and predicting the effects of lithology, pore fluid types and saturation, stress and pore pressure, and temperature on seismic velocity. We will present case studies and strategies for quantitative seismic interpretation and, suggestions for more effectively employing seismic-to-rock properties transforms in reservoir characterization, with emphasis on seismic interpretation for lithology and subsurface fluid detection.

    Day 1

    Intro and overview

    Basic Geophysical Concepts

    Seismic Velocities and factors that effect velocities

    Bounding nethods

    Effective medium theories

    Gassmann fluid substitution

    Uses, abuses, and piffalls

    Day 2

    Shaly sands and their seismic signatures

    Linking Rock Physics with Geologic processes

    Vp/Vs relations and the rock physics of AVO

    AVO analysis case study

    Day 3

    Fluid flow and partial saturation

    Uncertainties and Probabilities

    Statical Rock Physics for reservoir characterization

    Rock Physics Templates

    Near and far offset Impedance inversion case study

    Rock physics and time-lapse seismic monitoring

    Wrap up review

    The course is recommended for all geophysicists, reservoir geologists, seismic interpreters, and engineers concerned with reservoir characterization, reservoir delineation, hydrocarbon detection, reservoir development and recovery monitoring.

    • Introduction to Rock Physics, motivation, introductory examples
    • Parameters that influence seismic velocities - Conceptual Overview effects of fluids, stress, pore pressure, temperature, porosity
    • Bounding methods for robust modeling of seismic velocities
    • Effective media models for elastic properties of rocks
    • Gassmann Fluid substitution – uses, abuses, and pitfalls derivation, recipe and examples, useful approximations
    • Rock Physics of AVO interpretation
    • Shaly sands and their seismic signatures
    • Granular media models, unconsolidated sand model, cemented sand model
    • Statistical rock physics and uncertainty assessment
    • Quantitative seismic interpretation and rock physics templates.
    • Example case studies using AVO and seismic impedance for quantitative reservoir characterization

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