Geophysical characterization is a key process in today’s oil and gas industry to perform prospect evaluation, geological modeling and reservoir characterization. This process has become of utmost importance since the era of “easy oil” has ended. On the one hand, exploration teams are facing the challenge of unveiling deeper, riskier and expensive to tap prospects. In such a challenging context, managing to de-risk prospects and guaranteeing a high success ratio is more critical than ever. On the other hand, reservoir development teams have either to optimize the production of mature fields, with tens, hundreds and sometimes thousands of wells, or to design development programs on a minimal yet optimized set of wells. As a result, seismic inversion and characterization have emerged as key aspects of E&P processes. Now routinely used worldwide in the Industry, seismic inversion & characterization are recognized as providing invaluable methods to be integrated into any E&P processes, whatever the business process, whatever the geology and whatever the field maturity.
The IFP group has pioneered the development of inversion software and characterization methods since the mid-80s, as methods to be systematically used as part of integrated exploration and reservoir projects.
The methods we propose aim at thoroughly exploring seismic data volumes, and offer detailed calibrations of well data against seismic amplitude. Depending on the workflow used, results are commonly used by our clients either for prospective analysis, geobody tracking and geosteering or generation of matrix and fracture constraints for geocellular models.
Beicip-Franlab’s acknowledged expertise in conducting integrated exploration and reservoir management studies has enabled us to develop advanced workflows for seismic reservoir characterization by bringing petrophysical, geological and engineering skills into the equation.
Our technology portfolio comprises a broad set of post-stack and pre-stack seismic data interpretation and inversion tools as well as specific attribute analysis techniques. Our specialists are deploying these solutions every day for both matrix and fracture characterization, allowing clients to explore, develop and produce their oil and gas reserves successfully.