Permeability Estimation in a Multi-fractured Top Seal

Roberto E. Rizzo, David Healy, Luca De Siena

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Permeability of fracture media is one of the most important parameters characterising fluid flow, but it requires a detailed knowledge of fractures and fracture networks distribution. The unique exposures north to Santa Cruz represents a rare opportunity to observe and fully investigate a recently active bitumen-bearing fractured top seal. Permeability of a fracture network depends on the statistical distribution of fracture length, aperture, orientation, and density. Those fracture attributes are related to the permeability properties though a tensor (the Permeability Tensor). The statistical methods presented here for collecting and analysing fracture attributes shows how to obtain a more accurate data set directly collecting fracture attributes from fields, and how those features are fundamental for estimating permeability in a multi-fractured system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFourth International Conference on Fault and Top Seals
PublisherEAGE Publishing BV
ISBN (Electronic)9789462821644
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2015
Event4th International Conference on Fault and Top Seals 2015 - Almeria, Spain
Duration: 20 Sept 201524 Sept 2015


Conference4th International Conference on Fault and Top Seals 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Geophysics


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