Heiland Lecture Series: Oct. 18th - 4:00 p.m. CT 102 - Dr. Michael Hoversten10/18/17 4:00 PM
Department of Geophysics - Heiland Lecture Series
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 4:00 p.m.
"Multi-physics Inversion for Reservoir Monitoring"
Dr. G. Michael Hoversten, Sr., CoRE Leveraged Research, Chevron
The decline in the price of hydrocarbons has resulted in a change in exploration/production strategies for many companies. The focus has shifted from expensive deep water exploration and production to production from known land based resources. The relatively high cost of seismic acquisition coupled with the often low seismic sensitivity to fluid changes in these reservoirs has led to an exploration of alternative geophysical techniques such as electromagnetics for reservoir monitoring. Many of the land based reservoirs that Chevron operates are old with dense steel infrastructure in place while new unconventional reservoirs will ultimately have a dense well infrastructure as well. The high concentration of steel has both positive and negative consequences and must be accommodated for the successful use of electromagnetic methods.