A damage domain approach to integration of geomechanics and seismic anisotropy for fractured reservoir characterization

Stephen A. Hall, Margaret Helen Lewis

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    The concepts of damage mechanics are proposed as the logical basis for integration of seismic anisotropy based identification and geomechanics based prediction of subsurface fracturing. In such a context a damage tensor can be used to describe the evolution of (anisotropic) degradation of the elastic properties of a rock undergoing deformation. The concepts of damage mechanics are common to both geomechanical and seismic descriptions of rock elasticity but have not previously been connected. In geomechanical simulations of the evolution of geological structures, damage development can be predicted, described and recorded through a single damage tensor representation for each point in the model (with the inclusion of damage by a number of different mechanisms). With appropriate analysis, equivalent information may be determined from anisotropy analysis of seismic reflection data as the seismic wave propagation is sensitive to the total damage. Thus the proposed approaches for parameterization and modelling/analysis, using the damage domain, provide a common quantification of the damage (as detected using seismic data and predicted using geomechanical modelling) that permits integration of the two disciplines. This paper presents the damage-domain theory and linkage between the domains plus practicalities, with respect to both the geomechanical and seismic analyses, with illustration using a simple geomechanical model example. © The Geological Society of London 2007.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationStructurally complex reservoirs
    EditorsS.J. Jolley, D. Barr, J.J. Walsh, R.J. Knipe
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherGeological Society of London
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Print)9781862392410
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007
    EventStructurally Complex Reservoirs Conference - Burlington House, London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 28 Feb 20062 Mar 2006

    Publication series

    NameGeological Society special publication
    PublisherGeological Society of London
    ISSN (Print)0305-8719


    ConferenceStructurally Complex Reservoirs Conference
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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