Fine reservoir structure modeling based upon 3D visualized stratigraphic correlation between horizontal wells: Methodology and its application

Ou Chenghua, Li Chaochun, Huang Siyuan, James J. Sheng, Xu Yuan

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As the platform-based horizontal well production mode has been widely applied in petroleum industry, building a reliable fine reservoir structure model by using horizontal well stratigraphic correlation has become very important. Horizontal wells usually extend between the upper and bottom boundaries of the target formation, with limited penetration points. Using these limited penetration points to conduct well deviation correction means the formation depth information obtained is not accurate, which makes it hard to build a fine structure model. In order to solve this problem, a method of fine reservoir structure modeling, based on 3D visualized stratigraphic correlation among horizontal wells, is proposed. This method can increase the accuracy when estimating the depth of the penetration points, and can also effectively predict the top and bottom interfaces in the horizontal penetrating section. Moreover, this method will greatly increase not only the number of points of depth data available, but also the accuracy of these data, which achieves the goal of building a reliable fine reservoir structure model by using the stratigraphic correlation among horizontal wells. Using this method, four 3D fine structure layer models have been successfully built of a specimen shale gas field with platform-based horizontal well production mode. The shale gas field is located to the east of Sichuan Basin, China; the successful application of the method has proven its feasibility and reliability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1557-1571
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Geophysics and Engineering
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 22 2017



  • 3D visualized stratigraphic correlation
  • fine reservoir structure modeling
  • horizontal well
  • penetration trajectory of horizontal wells
  • shale gas field

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