Permeability estimation in a multi-fractured top seal

R. E. Rizzo*, D. Healy, L. De Siena

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Abstract

Permeability of fracture media is one of the most important parameters characterising fluid flow, but it requires a detailed knowledge of fractures and fracture networks distribution. The unique exposures north to Santa Cruz represents a rare opportunity to observe and fully investigate a recently active bitumen-bearing fractured top seal. Permeability of a fracture network depends on the statistical distribution of fracture length, aperture, orientation, and density. Those fracture attributes are related to the permeability properties though a tensor (the Permeability Tensor). The statistical methods presented here for collecting and analysing fracture attributes shows how to obtain a more accurate data set directly collecting fracture attributes from fields, and how those features are fundamental for estimating permeability in a multi-fractured system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication4th International Conference on Fault and Top Seals 2015: Art or Science?
PublisherEuropean Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, EAGE
Pages65-69
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781510814172
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event4th International Conference on Fault and Top Seals 2015: Art or Science? - Almeria, Spain
Duration: 20 Sep 201524 Sep 2015

Conference

Conference4th International Conference on Fault and Top Seals 2015: Art or Science?
CountrySpain
CityAlmeria
Period20/09/1524/09/15

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permeability
fracture network
statistical distribution
bitumen
tensors
fluid flow
statistical distributions
estimating
apertures
attribute

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics

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Rizzo, R. E., Healy, D., & De Siena, L. (2015). Permeability estimation in a multi-fractured top seal. In 4th International Conference on Fault and Top Seals 2015: Art or Science? (pp. 65-69). European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, EAGE.

Permeability estimation in a multi-fractured top seal. / Rizzo, R. E.; Healy, D.; De Siena, L.

4th International Conference on Fault and Top Seals 2015: Art or Science?. European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, EAGE, 2015. p. 65-69.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Rizzo, RE, Healy, D & De Siena, L 2015, Permeability estimation in a multi-fractured top seal. in 4th International Conference on Fault and Top Seals 2015: Art or Science?. European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, EAGE, pp. 65-69, 4th International Conference on Fault and Top Seals 2015: Art or Science?, Almeria, Spain, 20/09/15.
Rizzo RE, Healy D, De Siena L. Permeability estimation in a multi-fractured top seal. In 4th International Conference on Fault and Top Seals 2015: Art or Science?. European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, EAGE. 2015. p. 65-69
Rizzo, R. E. ; Healy, D. ; De Siena, L. / Permeability estimation in a multi-fractured top seal. 4th International Conference on Fault and Top Seals 2015: Art or Science?. European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, EAGE, 2015. pp. 65-69
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