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Geomechanical Modelling Using Artificial Neural Networks Combined With Geostatistics

Version 1 : Received: 1 October 2020 / Approved: 2 October 2020 / Online: 2 October 2020 (09:37:10 CEST)

How to cite: Pham, S.T. Geomechanical Modelling Using Artificial Neural Networks Combined With Geostatistics. Preprints 2020, 2020100036 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202010.0036.v1). Pham, S.T. Geomechanical Modelling Using Artificial Neural Networks Combined With Geostatistics. Preprints 2020, 2020100036 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202010.0036.v1).

Abstract

The principal minimum horizontal stress plays an important role in the study of reservoir characteristics, modeling of oil and gas reservoir, drilling, production and stimulating wells. However, it is currently not possible to measure the minimum horizontal stress along the wellbore as a geophysical parameter logging. Minimum horizontal stress is measured by leak-off test (LOT) at only several points in a well. In order to have the values all along the wellbore, experimental formulas were established to determine the minimum horizontal stresses for different fields. Then these formulas must be calibrated with LOT data whose number is usually limited, even sometimes unavailable. On the other hand, the empirical formulas of one field might not be accurate for another. This study presents a new approach to solve the problem of minimum horizontal stress estimation by a combination of artificial intelligence and geostatistics. The method consists of using artificial neural network (ANN) to build a model of minimum horizontal stress estimation from relevant parameters such as true vertical depth, pore pressure and vertical stress, then combined with Kriging interpolation to obtain the distribution in space of the minimum horizontal stress. Hence, this method can estimate the minimum horizontal stress with a limited amount of available data and therefore we do not need to drill new wells or to find empirical formulas for each survey area. The method was then applied in a case study involved real geomechanical dataset of Hai Thach - Moc Tinh field in Nam Con Son basin, Vietnam.

Subject Areas

Artificial Neural Network; Geostatistics; Logging; Minimum Horizontal Stress; Geomechanic

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