79th EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2017

Energy, Technology, Sustainability - Time to open a new Chapter

12 - 15 June
Paris, France
Call for papers

Workshop 17: Value of Virtual Outcrops in Geosciences

WS17 Friday 16 June
 Title: Value of Virtual Outcrops in Geosciences
 Room: D2
 Convenors: R. Deschamps (IFPEN)
D. Hodgetts (University of Manchester)
P. Joseph (IFP School)
M. Rossi (Eni)
S. Viseur (CEREGE)

Workshop Description

The use of digital outcrop models (DOM) in reservoir analogue studies has widely spread out in recent years. The objective of this workshop is to discuss different achievements in virtual outcrop geology, and to bring them more in line with practices in oil and gas companies. Two approaches are generally proposed for digital outcrop modelling: lidar and photogrammetry. Advancements in the development of new technologies for digital outcrop acquisition, data treatment, and DOM interpretation will contribute to significantly improve  the understanding and modelling of complex reservoirs.

Even though several software for managing 3D geospatial data have been created during the last twenty years, the emerging 3D virtual world provides incredible opportunities to the current generation of geoscientists for teaching and for making geological virtual outcrops popular and accessible. To make these techniques obvious references for geoscientists, at least two important requirements have to be considered: 

(1) providing a software for fast and easy modelling and visualization of virtual outcrops, and 
(2) easing the extraction of meaningful geological data from virtual outcrops. 

DOMs are an invaluable resource to understand reservoir architectures. Their offer many advantages: collection of data from otherwise inaccessible areas, access to different angles of view, increase in possible measurements, attribute analysis, fast rate of data collection, and of course training and communication.

The main application fields for such models and their interpretations are reservoir modelling, especially when using geostatistical approaches. Outcrop models can actually provide realistic values for parameters of variogram-based and object-based methods or training images for multipoint statistics. Outcrop data can also be used as a basis for synthetic seismic and fluid flow modelling or to provide large and robust datasets for Discrete Fracture Network (DFN) modelling for example.

Workshop objectives:

The objective of this workshop is to review the current state of the art in the use of 3D Digital Outcrop Models in the industry and the link with other fields such as geomatics, augmented reality and learning. We aim to motivate and encourage cross-disciplinary discussions among scientists and engineers focusing on recent developments, and to share the different approaches relative to both acquisition techniques, data treatment and use in subsurface reservoir modelling workflows.

Workshop Programme

09:00 Introduction
Session 1
State-of-the-art of Digital Outcrop Mapping - Acquisition, data fusion and co-visualisation across disciplines
S. Buckley* (Uni Research AS)
09:35 Characterization of Fracture Corridors from Digital Outcrop by Combining Automatic Detection Approaches with Field Analysis
J. Lamarche* (CEREGE), S. Viseur (CEREGE), S. Chatalée (CEREGE), N. Bachtarzi (CEREGE), J. Fleury (CEREGE)

Digital Outcrop Model of Deepwater Clastic Wedges Onlapping Salt Ridges (Bay of Biscay) - 3D seismic modeling applied to North Sea reservoirs
M. Rossi* (Eni), T. Jacquin (Geolink), D. Uyttendaele (Faroe Petroleum), M. Fervani (Eni)

10:25 Use of Virtual Outcrops for Mobile Learning during Field Trips and Practical Case Studies in Geosciences
P. Joseph* (IFPEN)
10:50 Coffee break
Session 2: Poster Presentations - 3D digital models: from acquisition to model exploitation
3D Outcrop Characterization using Photogrammetry - Application to Structural, Stratigraphic and Reservoir Modeling
G. Sharman* (University of Texas)

Machine Learning for DOM Analysis in a Geomodelling Environment - First results
G. Caumon* (Nancy School of Geology)

11:50 Modelling Complex 3D Depositional Geometry using UAV based Photogrammetry
B. Coureaud* (ENGIE E&P), R. Rubi (Rennes 1 University), J. Schmitz (IFPEN)
12:10 Lunch
Session 3: Poster Presentations - Fields of applications of 3D digital outcrops: reservoir analogues modeling, virtual field trips and mobile learning 
13:40 From 3D Outcrop Models to Reservoir Model
R. Deschamps* (IFPEN)
14:00 Virtual Outcrop of Geological Analogue integrated to a Complete Workflow for Evaluating Enhanced Oil Recovery
 J. Zarate Rada (IFPEN), A. Fourno (IFPEN), N. Dubos-Sallée* (IFPEN), V. Gervais (IFPEN), P. Rasolofosoan* (IFPEN), O. Lerat (IFPEN)
14:20 G-PAD - A step towards bringing surface outcrops to the office
P. Esquier* (Total)
14:40 3D Outcrop Rendering, Integration and Characterization & Conducting Virtual Field Trips within a 4D Earth Environment Context
V. Pourieux* (VWorld), F. Leveque (VWorld)
15:00 Coffee break
15:20 Sessions restitution
16:20 Conclusions