Identifying geomechanical parameters using geostatistical modelling controlled by seismic data.

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Seismic data has been long and successfully used for building field models. Development of the structural framework, sequence- and seismic-stratigraphic interpretation, forecasting of reservoir properties in the inter-well space are the habitual areas of seismic studies.

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Recently, a new area in the use of seismic data has been actively developing: the building of geomechanics models of the fields.

Geomechanics factors play an important part at all phase of a reservoir’s life. This means that these factors should be evaluated and managed from the forecasting of risks of individual well trajectories at the field and to maximizing production.

Geomechanics models are vitally important for the planning of well drilling in order to forecast potential complications in drilling. The well bore stability together with the porous pressure determine limitations on the drilling mud weight required for safe drilling.

A reliable geomechanics model is also absolutely indispensable in planning the hydraulic fracturing of reservoirs in order to enhance hydrocarbon production. Exploration of hydrocarbons in reservoirs with complicated structure and difficult conditions and their subsequent development require more advanced and innovative methods. Thus, the efficient use of seismic data for building geomechanics models of the fields is an extremely important question.


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Sergey Fedotov, Technical Advisor, CGG Geosoftware


Graduated from Ukhta Industrial Institute majoring in “Geophysical Methods of Natural Resources Fields Prospecting and Exploration” (1980) and earning a Masters Cum Laude degree.

Sergey has 30+ years of experience in onshore and offshore fields in Russia, CIS and foreign countries.

His expertise from exploration to development phases includes Timano-Pechora province, Volga-Urals province, Caspian depression, West Siberia.

Offshore experience includes Barents sea, Okhotsk sea, Caspian Sea, Chinese sea, West African deep-water shelf.

Sergey is an honorary guest lecturer at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Gubkin Russian Oil and Gas University, EAGE International Geoscientists Association, Industry Scientific and Practical Seminars and Conferences.

His hobbies are fishing and reading.





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