An Integrated Approach for Formation Micro-Image Rock Typing Based on Petrography Data: A Case Study in Shallow Marine Carbonates

Polina Kharitontseva, Andy Gardiner, Marina Tugarova, Dmitrii Chernov, Elizaveta Maksimova, Ilia Churochkin, Valeriy Rukavishnikov

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Core rock-typing (RT) is commonly used for creating geologically reliable models of porous media in carbonate reservoirs. This approach is more advanced than the traditional porosity–permeability relationship and is based on the division of carbonate rocks into groups, using common classifications (lithofacies, FZI, Winland–Pittman, etc.). These clustering methods can provide either geological or petrophysical descriptions of the identified rock types. Besides, the connection of identified core rock types with standard logs could be challenging due to the different scales of measurement. This paper considers the creation of a new approach, named “integrated rock-typing,” which connects geologically and petrophysically driven rock types using borehole image logs. The methodology was applied to an Upper Devonian–Lower Carboniferous carbonate field. The workflow comprises borehole image structural/textural analysis with vug fraction identification, quantitative geological descriptions from thin sections, and petrophysical measurements. The geological section is divided into six rock types, which were controlled by sedimentary and diagenetic processes. The created Rock Type Catalogue provides clear links between rock types and log data, including wells with standard suites of logs. The results will be useful for geological modelling and validation of the future drilling strategy for the studied field.
Original languageEnglish
Article number235
Issue number6
Early online date30 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021


  • Carbonate reservoirs
  • Data matching
  • FMI log
  • Petrography
  • Porosity spectrum analysis
  • Rock typing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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