Imperial College London

ProfessorMatthewJackson

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

TOTAL Chair in Geological Fluid Mechanics
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 6538m.d.jackson

 
 
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Location

 

1.34Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Publications

Citation

BibTex format

@article{Jacquemyn:2019:10.1007/s11004-018-9764-8,
author = {Jacquemyn, C and Jackson, MD and Hampson, GJ},
doi = {10.1007/s11004-018-9764-8},
journal = {Mathematical Geosciences},
pages = {1--28},
title = {Surface-based geological reservoir modelling using grid-free NURBS curves and surfaces},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11004-018-9764-8},
volume = {51},
year = {2019}
}

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TY  - JOUR
AB - Building geometrically realistic representations of geological heterogeneity in reservoir models is a challenging task that is limited by the inflexibility of pre-defined pillar or cornerpoint grids. Surface-based modelling workflow uses grid-free surfaces that allows efficient creation of geological models without the limitations of pre-defined grids. Surface-based reservoir modelling uses a boundary representation approach in which all heterogeneity of interest (structural, stratigraphic, sedimentological, diagenetic) is modelled by its bounding surfaces, independent of any grid. Volumes bounded by these surfaces are internally homogeneous and thus no additional facies or petrophysical modelling is performed within these geological domains and no grid or mesh discretization is needed during modelling. Any heterogeneity to be modelled within such volumes is incorporated by adding surfaces. Surfaces and curves are modelled using a parametric NURBS (non-uniform rational B-splines) description. These surfaces are efficient to generate and manipulate, and allow fast creation of multiple realizations of geometrically realistic reservoir models. Multiple levels of surface hierarchy are introduced to allow modelling of all features of interest at the required level of detail; surfaces at one hierarchical level are constructed so as to truncate or conform to surfaces of a higher hierarchical level. This procedure requires joining, terminating and stacking of surfaces to ensure that models contain “watertight” surface-bounded volumes. NURBS curves are used to represent well trajectories accurately, including multi-laterals or side-tracks. Once all surfaces and wells have been generated, they are combined into a reservoir model that takes into account geological relationships between surfaces and preserves realistic geometries.
AU - Jacquemyn,C
AU - Jackson,MD
AU - Hampson,GJ
DO - 10.1007/s11004-018-9764-8
EP - 28
PY - 2019///
SN - 1874-8953
SP - 1
TI - Surface-based geological reservoir modelling using grid-free NURBS curves and surfaces
T2 - Mathematical Geosciences
UR - http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11004-018-9764-8
UR - http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/63885
VL - 51
ER -