West Tech Breakfast: Exploring for Wolfcamp Reservoirs, Eastern Shelf of the Permian Basin, Texas, Using a*... Dec 12th

Complete Title: Exploring for Wolfcamp Reservoirs, Eastern Shelf of the Permian Basin, Texas, Using a Machine Learning Approach      Sponsored By: Schlumberger and WesternGeco

Meeting Location:

Schlumberger Facility
10001 Richmond Ave., Q Auditorium
Houston, TX  77042

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Speaker: Peter Wang, The GeoComputing Group 
Co Authors: Bruno de Ribet, Emerson E&P Software
Monte Meers, Independent Geologist
Howard “Pete” Renick, Independent Geophysicist
Russ Creath, Hardin International
Ryan McKee, RAM Imaging Technology

One of the leading challenges in hydrocarbon exploration and production is predicting rock types and fluid content distribution throughout the reservoir away from the boreholes.  In this presentation, we will demonstrate the application of a neural network-based machine learning methodology called Democratic Neural Network Association (DNNA) to the problem of finding oil-filled packstones in the Middle Wolfcamp, Eastern Shelf of the Permian Basin, Texas. 

The DNNA algorithm searched through fifteen 3D seismic volumes simultaneously, and was able to build a model which reconstructed the nine lithofacies. No evidence was seen of false positive or false negative predictions at the wells for the oil-filled packstone facies.

The neural network learnings were applied through the 3D survey, and results were delivered with up to a 0.5 ms two-way time vertical resolution, or about 5 ft, a significant uplift from conventional seismic resolution. Lateral resolution was also improved. Additional drilling opportunities can be identified from the seismic facies thickness map or the facies probability voxel clouds.

Voxel visualization display of the Lower and Upper Wolfcamp oil-filled facies probability cloud, Eastern Shelf of Permian Basin, TX

Speaker Biography: Peter Wang, The GeoComputing Group
Peter Wang is a Geoscience Advisor at GeoComputing Group. He has a BS in Geosciences from Brown University, and an MS in Geophysics and MBA from the University of Houston. He has a thirty-two year history in the geophysical industry, having also served at Schlumberger as the Seismic for Unconventionals Product Champion, at Paradigm (Emerson) as a Geophysical Technical Advisor, and Amoco Production Company (now BP) as a Senior Geophysicist onshore USA Gulf Coast and Gabon.

Breakfast will be available starting at 7:00 AM
Technical Talk will start at 7:30
Event will end by 8:30


12/12/2018 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM

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