Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Subsurface Mapping and Seismic Modeling from Resistivity Data to Tie Locally Productive Formations of the Wilcox Group in LaSalle Parish, Louisiana to a High-Resolution Shallow Imaging Seismic Dataset
by Quick, Nathan, M.S., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2018, 130; 10846457
Abstract (Summary)

Located in LaSalle Parish, Louisiana, the area of interest for this study encompasses portions of the Tullos-Urania and Olla oil fields, with their hydrocarbon accumulation stemming from the Wilcox Group. The overall objective of this study is threefold; first, generate structure maps of the strata within this area of investigation and identify the productive formations. Second, utilize seismic modeling from local wells defining the most accurate resistivity-to-sonic transform. The last goal is to generate an accurate seismic-to-well tie employing the most accurate sonic log generated at the wells bounding the high-resolution shallow imaging seismic data. This study must use resistivity data to model sonic logs for the bounding wells which have no sonic logs available. The modeled sonic logs are then used to create time- depth relationships between the acquired seismic data and the wells bounding the seismic line. To use resistivity logs to model a sonic log, this study will compare three equations (Faust, 1953; Kim, 1964; Smiths, 1968) to determine their relative accuracies for a one-step resistivity-to-sonic transform. Accuracy is measured by the absolute average deviation of the modelled sonic data from the measured sonic data from wells within the study area, but distant from the seismic line, which have recorded sonic logs. The results of this study indicate that the one-step resistivity-to- sonic equation proposed by Faust (1953) generates the least amount of error when applied to the short resistivity curve. Throughout the modeled logs, the Faust (1953) equation generates an absolute average deviation of 6.0% for the short resistivity curves while Kim’s (1964) and Smiths (1968) equations produce 9.7% and 12.8% absolute average deviation. By understanding the variability of these models, future studies can ascertain the best fit model for further investigation of shallow hydrocarbon bearing formations within, or similar to, the Paleocene-Eocene aged strata in Central Louisiana.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kinsland, Gary
Commitee: Gottardi, Raphael, Zhang, Rui
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Geology
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 58/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Geology, Geophysics, Petroleum Geology
Keywords: Faust, Lasalle Parish, Louisiana, Resistivity modeling, Seismic modeling, Wilcox Group
Publication Number: 10846457
ISBN: 978-0-438-97097-7
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