4th EAGE Workshop on Rock Physics
ADNOC Research and Innovation Center (ADRIC) at The Petroleum Institute, Khalifa University of Science and Technology
The ADRIC commenced operation on August 1, 2016. The ADRIC building represents approximately 23,000 m2 of surface developed over four levels with approximately 8,000 m2 of laboratory facilities equipped with state-of the-art research technologies. These laboratory facilities are organized into thirty six discrete state-of-the-art topical laboratories and offer a multi-user environment for all Petroleum Institute Faculty, Researchers and Students. In particular, the Rock Physics Lab at ADRIC examines the properties of rocks throughout experimental, digital imagining and numerical techniques. Combining and integrating these various techniques with field data, the Rock Physics Lab aims to contribute to a better scientific understanding on how carbonate texture and heterogeneity lead different geophysical and geomechanical responses under different conditions of pressure, temperature and fluid content.
The Rock Physics Laboratory
Description: The Rock Physics Lab examines the properties of rocks throughout experimental, imagining and numerical techniques. It focuses in the study of carbonate rocks response to seismic and EM (electromagnetic) waves, using experiments, images and numerical modeling. The lab intends to better understand how carbonate texture and heterogeneity lead different geophysical and geomechanical responses under different conditions of pressure, temperature and fluid content. The Rock Physics Lab is provided with equipment to perform research at different scales that aim to be integrated with field formations.
Objective: The main objective of the Rock Physics Lab is to improve the understanding of the response of carbonate rocks to different geophysical techniques, which potentially allows to optimize the information obtained from seismic and EM waves in the field. This will translate to a better reservoir characterization and monitoring of carbonate hydrocarbon reservoirs and aquifers.
Other objectives include:
To study the effect of heterogeneity in the scaling of rock properties.
To better understand the effect of variations of rock properties during changes of partial saturation in carbonates.
To study the effect of different environmental conditions in carbonate rock properties using different physical methods, such as seismic and EM waves.
To contribute with research on the evolution of porosity and permeability in corals and their relation with rock formation and climate changes.
To support PIRC research in porous media, geosciences and petroleum engineering.
Capability: The Rock Physic Lab at ADRIC contains an upstanding capacity comparable and up to similar research labs worldwide. In the actual configuration, we can measure rock properties, seismic and EM waves, and imagining-numerical simulation of rocks at scales that go from nano to mm scale (using micro plugs) and scales of mm to cm scale (using core plugs). A summary of the actual equipment, associated experiments and applications are shown in Table 1.
In addition, we envision to reach same capability that we have for small rock scales (nm to cm) to bigger scales (cm to m) with future planned equipment to come. This new equipment will be able to perform measurements from cm to dm scale (using slab cores), dm to meter scale (using whole core and outcrop rock samples), and at the meter scale (using physical modeling). With this addition, ADRIC will count with one of the best and more complete Rock Physics Lab worldwide.