A Semi-Empirical Model for Interpreting Rock Strain Sensitivity in 4D Seismic Data
C. MacBeth, A. Kudarova, P.J. Hatchell and J. Brain
Event name: 79th EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2017
Session: Reservoir Evaluation, Monitoring and Management
Publication date: 12 June 2017
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Several models have been recently proposed to connect observations of velocity change with strain deformation in and around reservoirs undergoing production and recovery. In this work we show that a simple compliance-based model combined with the original conceptual understanding of Hatchell and Bourne (2005) can adequately explain the magnitude of R factor values currently observed from calibrated field data in a variety of settings. The model is also used to determine an expression for the gradient of overburden time-shift variation with incidence angle. This gradient is predicted to be low but may vary according to the ratio of tangential to normal compliance at the intergranular contacts. This factor could perhaps be used as an additional parameter to assess the post-production state of the overburden.