2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
SOEE5136M Geophysical Reservoir Evaluation
15 creditsClass Size: 40
Module manager: Sjoerd de Ridder
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
Pre-requisite qualificationsCourse entrance pre-requisites
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryThe purpose of this module is to provide an understanding of rock mechanics and the sensitivity of seismic attributes to rock physical, petro-physical and fluid properties. New developments in seismic reservoir characterisation are also provided, with special attention to an overview of the fundamentals of time-lapse seismic technology, passive seismic monitoring, seismic geomechanics and seismic methods for low carbon, and carbon neutral, geotechnologies.
ObjectivesUnderstand the use of rock physics models to assess variations in reservoir characteristics such as fluid saturation, lithology and pressure prediction. Use amplitude versus offset (AVO), impedance inversion and geostatistics in the analysis of hydrocarbon reservoirs; be aware of seismic methods for assessing fractured reservoirs via seismic anisotropy and converted-wave methodologies. Understand the reasons for and the techniques used for predicting pore pressure. Understand the principles of interpreting time-lapse (4D) seismic data for reservoir characterisation, understand the application of passive seismic data for reservoir.
The learning objectives are:
• Appreciate the principles of rock physics and rock physics templates for linking reservoir changes to seismic data.
• Evaluate how changes in fluids can be observed in pre-stack and post-stack seismic attributes
• Appraise seismic data for reservoir characterisation and fluid/lithology evaluation.
Seismic Reservoir Evaluation: use of rock physics models and Gassman's equation to understand the link between the petrophysical properties of reservoirs and seismic attributes. Describe the use of amplitude versus offset (AVO), acoustic and elastic impedance inversion, fracture analysis, seismic anisotropy and geostatistics in reservoir assessment. Study techniques for pressure prediction in a reservoir. Time-lapse (4D) seismic interpretation, saturation versus pressure signatures, seismic geomechanics.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||120.00|
|Total Contact hours||30.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Private studyCompletion of practicals and assessments, computer exercises, literature search, reading text books, and revision for examination.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackAssessment and feedback during practicals.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Practical||Practical x 2||40.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||40.00|
Re-sit is by examination only (see below)
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||2 hr 00 mins||60.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||60.00|
A student who fails this Module may be offered a resit. The re-sit for this module will be a single unseen examination, of duration 2 hours, covering the same content, covering all Module Learning Outcomes. It will not necessarily be of the same format as the original examination. If the re-sit is granted as a new first attempt, the original examination mark will be discarded, and replaced by the re-sit examination mark even if it is lower. It will then be aggregated with the first-attempt coursework to provide a new Module mark. If the re-sit is a second and final attempt, the re-sit mark provides a new alternative mark for the whole Module and will be capped at 50%.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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