Monthly Luncheon With Guest Speaker Steve Gardner

07/11/2019 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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Date(s) - 07/11/2019
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Wynkoop Brewery


Please Join Us July 11, 2019

With Guest Speaker Steve Gardner

Located at Wynkoop Brewery at 1634 18th Street in Denver

Talk starts promptly at Noon.

Extracting Wolfberry Lithofacies and Geomechanics from 3D Seismic with Optimal Data Integration

1Stephen Gardner,2Katie Joe McDonough, 3Robert Lieber, 4Ray Vogler, 5Friso Brouwer


Wolfcamp and Spraberry (Wolfberry) organic-rich mudstones are currently undergoing extensive horizontal development in the Midland Basin. Horizontal target selection, geosteering, horizontal development plans and optimal hydraulic fracturing strategies could benefit from a 3D mapping and understanding of reservoir lithofacies and geomechanical properties. We utilize a familiar workflow that achieves this through a rigorous integration of 3D seismic, well log and core facies fabric and analytical data.  The workflow requires a properly processed seismic dataset as input, seismic inversion deliverables (Ip and Is) that are calculated from the seismic, and a multidisciplinary calibration. Outputs include a 3D distribution of facies fabrics and geomechanical properties.

The multidisciplinary calibration highlighted in this talk consists of a) sequence stratigraphic/sedimentologic interpretation revealing debrite and turbiditic flow distribution interbedded with the mudrocks (and the seismic response), b) petrophysically-based facies delineation to aid upscaling and interpretation of the prestack inversion, and c) geomechanical integration which divulges closure pressure distributions. Further, understanding the seismic response of the depositional systems can be aided by HorizonCube@, an extremely high resolution interpretative tool revealing detailed stratal geometries and architecture.  Multidisciplinary calibration is a critical constraint on the final deliverables of this workflow and a key to the quality and scope of the final results.

1Rimrock Geoscience, Golden, CO, 2KJM Consulting, Pine,3Corsair Petrophysics, Littleton, CO, 4LSNS, Denver, CO, Friso Brouwer, 5I^3 GEO, Denver, CO


@dGB Earth Sciences





We acknowledge Tall City and Surge Energy for giving permission to work on and show this data. We also thank Sterling Seismic Services Ltd for processing the Hammer 3D survey.


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