29 May, 2024 Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates

2nd Edition: Geological Process-Based Forward Modeling

27-29 May 2024
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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In order to support the energy transition, optimizing exploration and production from complex stratigraphic-diagenetic conventional and unconventional plays remains highly important. At the same time, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) poses new technological challenges that will impact both the industry and academia for decades to come. Both areas require a robust approach to the prediction and risking of reservoir heterogeneity and seal integrity. Currently, prediction and risking rely primarily on stochastic geostatistical approaches, which have seen an impressive development over the last few decades. However, exploration and production from complex plays as well as CO₂ storage in depleted reservoirs and saline aquifers have revealed higher levels of uncertainty in geostatistical reservoir models.
Reasons include:
• Statistical models do not fully capitalize on the geological information available
• Prediction and risk assessment usually apply a single statistical approach
• Different geostatistical approaches produce varying predictive models
• Surface geological studies (analogues) have proven highly pronounced rock heterogeneity
• Multiple, concurrent processes with various feedback mechanisms control reservoir quality
• Physical-chemical properties of CO₂ in its various states differ from hydrocarbons
In order to meet the current and future challenges associated with subsurface exploration, production and storage, the industry needs to develop new, additional approaches for modelling reservoir, seal, and source rocks. The key requirement for reducing uncertainty and risk is a rigorous understanding and quantification of geological processes and controls.
Fundamental research in geological process-based forward numerical modeling started in the 1980s in academia and industry. However, industry has only recently started to more widely utilize process-based modeling. The initial focus has been on depositional modeling using diffusion, Navier-Stokes, and hybrid geometric approaches, but more recently a diverse range of approaches is being adopted. They include machine learning, fuzzy logic, cellular automata and various other reduced-complexity modeling approaches that produce output information on petrofacies, depositional environment, and textural porosity. Forward modelling is also being applied to diagenetic processes using reaction-transport modeling (RTM) or reduced complexity proxy rules. Geomechanical modeling relies on finite element or discrete fracture network modeling based on post-burial mechanical stratigraphy and local/regional stress patterns. Geological process-based forward modeling has shown highly promising results for reservoir quality, seal integrity and sweet spot prediction in complex play and initially also storage settings.
Many challenges persist, including:
• Calibration of numerical input parameters specific to age, climate and structural settings
• The effective use of physical experiments and outcrop-reservoir analogue studies for model verification
• Automated input parameter optimization
• Multi-scale process-based models from basin to play and intra-well scale
• Linking and integrating modeling approaches for depositional, diagenetic and structural modeling
• Integrating textural, diagenetic and fault/fracture-related poroperm models
• Sensitivity analysis and quantitative risk assessment of multiple modeling realizations
• Effective implementation of process-based model results in standard and future industry workflows
• Data conditioning
The 2nd edition of the workshop builds on the results of the 1st edition, which was held on May 23-25, 2022 in Abu Dhabi. It is expected to review and discuss technology developments in geological process-based forward modeling achieved during the last 2 years. Perspectives for future technology developments and implementation in industry workflows will be updated and or adapted as deemed necessary. The additional focus on CO₂ storage and other sustainability-related application for geological process-based forward modeling will considerably extend the scope of the 2nd edition of the workshop.
The workshop will bring together invited experts and interested researchers from both industry and academia. We will concentrate on all technical aspects related to geological process-based forward modeling. Six sessions spread over a period of 3 days will be dedicated to key challenges, finishing with a concluding session to define the best practical way forward.


2nd Edition: Geological Process-Based Forward Modeling AAPG Call For Abstracts Ends on 29 April, 2024

You are invited to prepare a poster display for presentation. If you are interested in participating, please send a short abstract to [email protected] by 29 April 2024. All posters will be produced as pull-up banners and delivered by AAPG. There will not be any other format available for poster display.

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Monday 27 May
07.00-08.30 Workshop Registration
08.30-08.45 Workshop Chair's Welcome and Introduction
08.45-09.00 Inaugural Keynote: Mohammed Al Duhailan, Saudi Aramco
09.00-09.30 Technical Keynote: Importance of FSM for Geological Understanding of the Subsurface - An Industry Perspective
Mark Gerrard Douglas, SLB
Session 1: Current Status, Lessons Learned and Challenges
Session Chairs: Frans van Buchem, KAUST & Gerard Massonnat, TotalEnergies
09.30-10.00 Session Keynote: Conditioning Geologic Process Model Results to Data
Daniel Tetzlaff, WSC
10.00-10.25 Forward Modeling of Sedimentary Transport: A Major Step to Improve our Understanding on Carbonate Platforms
Jean Borgomano, Aix-Marseille University
10.25-10.50 Process-Based Geomechanical Models: Insights into Pore Pressure Evolution Through Geologic Time
Yaser Alzayer, Saudi Aramco
10.50-11.10 Coffee Break & Posters
11.10-12.10 Breakout Session
12.10-13.30 Lunch
Session 2: Multi-disciplinary and Multi-Scale Calibration of Geological Processes
Session Chairs: Hajar Al Wazzan, Kuwait Oil Company & Daniel Tetzlaff, WSC
13.30-14.00 Session Keynote: Closing the Gap in Subsurface Characterization and Modeling Through Computational Stratigraphy
Tao Sun, Chevron
14.00-14.25 Advanced Calibration of Input Parameters for Forward Stratigraphic Modeling
Nikolaos Michael, Saudi Aramco
14.25-14.50 The Genesis, Compositional Heterogeneity, and Distribution of Shallow and Basinal Sediments of Epeiric Carbonate Platforms - New Insights from Paleo-hydrodynamic Modeling
Volker Vahrenkamp, KAUST
14.50-15.10 Coffee Break & Posters
15.10-15.35 Advancements in Objective Functions for Calibration of Forward Stratigraphic Models: A Review and Case-Study Analysis
Mathieu Ducros , Kognitus
15.35-16.00 Linking Integrated Process-Based Geologic Modeling to Rock Physics and Seismic Data
Wisam AlKawai, Saudi Aramco
16.00-17.00 Breakout Session
Tuesday 28 May
09.00-09.30 Technical Keynote: Geological Forward Reservoir Modeling: Simulation of Reservoir Properties Related to Multiple Geological Processes
Gerard Massonnat, TotalEnergies
09.30-10.00 Technical Keynote: The Art of Compromise - Lessons from Modeling Early Diagenesis of Shallow Water Carbonates
Fiona Whitaker, University of Bristol
Session 3: Modeling Approaches and Their Integration
Session Chairs: Waleed AlGharbi, Imperial College London and Sergio Courtade, SLB
10.00-10.30 Session Keynote: Forward and Inverse Modeling of Stratigraphic Sequences
Mike Steckler , Columbia University
10.30-10.55 From Depositional Facies to Reservoir Properties. Simulating Efficiently the Effects of Successive Diagenetic Processes on Carbonate Reservoir Properties
Charles Danquigny, University of Avignon
10.55-11.20 Integrated Process-Based Geological Modeling
Rainer Zühlke, Saudi Aramco
11.20-11.40 Coffee Break & Posters
11.40-12.05 Bayesian Geochemical Correlation and Tomographic Imaging using Geological Process Information
Andrew Curtis , University of Edinburgh
12.05-12.30 Implementation of Geological Knowledge in Reservoir Modelling by Estimating Geostatistical and Geometrical Parameters from Multi-Scenario Models
Kjetil Nordahl , Equinor
12.30-12.55 Spatial Predictive Reservoir Modeling Using Scaling Relationships
Abdullah Wahbi, Saudi Aramco
12.55-14.00 Lunch
Session 4: Process-Based Geological Modeling for CCS
Session Chairs: Allard Martinius, TU Delft & Equinor ASA and Yaser Alzayer, Saudi Aramco
14.00-14.30 Session Keynote: CO2 Geological Storage Modeling With Machine Learning
Gege Wen, Imperial College London
14.30-14.55 Assessing the Long-term Fate of Stored CO2 in Saline Aquifers Using Process-based Geological Modeling
Peng Lu, Saudi Aramco
14.55-15.20 Country-scale Evaluation of Geological CO2 Storage Potential in Saudi Arabian Sedimentary Basins
Jing Ye, Saudi Aramco
15.20-16.40 Breakout Session
Wednesday 29 May
Session 5: Case Studies of Process-Based Geological Modeling
Session Chairs: Andrew Davies, Halliburton and Mathieu Ducros, Kognitus
08.30-09.00 Session Keynote: A Review of Major Developments in FSM in the Last Five Years
Samer Bou Daher, Beicip-Franlab
09.00-09.25 Process-Based Forward Stratigraphic Modeling of the Unayzah Siliciclastic Formation Along Central and Northern Kuwait
Hajar Al Wazzan, Kuwait Oli Company
09.25-09.50 Case Studies of Sedimentary Forward Reservoir Modelling
Jean-Louis Lesueur, TotalEnergies
09.50-10.15 TBC
10.15-10.30 Coffee Break & Posters
Session 6: Perspectives and Way Forward
Session Chairs: Daniel Tetzlaff, WSC and Samer Bou Daher, Beicip-Franlab
10.30-11.00 Session Keynote: From Cores to Core Algorithms: Rocking the Geological Forward Models with Deep Learnings
Cedric M. John, Queen Mary University of London
11.00-11.25 Process-Based Models as Generic Tools for Subsurface Workflows
Andrew Davies, Halliburton
11.25-11.50 What Would Make the Most Useful Numerical Stratigraphic Forward Model Most Useful?
Peter Burgess, University of Liverpool
11.50-12.50 Breakout Session
12.50-13.10 Workshop Wrap Up and Adjournement
13.10-14.30 Lunch


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