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Title: Improving the convergence rate of seismic history matching with a proxy derived method to aid stochastic sampling
Author: Arwini, Saleh
Awarding Body: Heriot-Watt University
Current Institution: Heriot-Watt University
Date of Award: 2013
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History matching is a very important activity during the continued development and management of petroleum reservoirs. Time-lapse (4D) seismic data provide information on the dynamics of fluids in reservoirs, relating variations of seismic signal to saturation and pressure changes. This information can be integrated with history matching to improve convergence towards a simulation model that predicts available data. The main aim of this thesis is to develop a method to speed up the convergence rate of assisted seismic history matching using proxy derived gradient method. Stochastic inversion algorithms often rely on simple assumptions for selecting new models by random processes. In this work, we improve the way that such approaches learn about the system they are searching and thus operate more efficiently. To this end, a new method has been developed called NA with Proxy derived Gradients (NAPG). To improve convergence, we use a proxy model to understand how parameters control the misfit and then use a global stochastic method with these sensitivities to optimise the search of the parameter space. This leads to an improved set of final reservoir models. These in turn can be used more effectively in reservoir management decisions. To validate the proposed approach, we applied the new approach on a number of analytical functions and synthetic cases. In addition, we demonstrate the proposed method by applying it to the UKCS Schiehallion field. The results show that the new method speeds up the rate of convergence by a factor of two to three generally. The performance of NAPG is much improved by updating the regression equation coefficients instead of keeping it fixed. In addition, we found that the initial number of models to start NAPG or NA could be reduced by using Experimental Design instead of using random initialization. Ultimately, with all of these approaches combined, the number of models required to find a good match reduced by an order of magnitude. We have investigated the criteria for stopping the SHM loop, particularly the use of a proxy model to help. More research is needed to complete this work but the approach is promising. Quantifying parameter uncertainty using NA and NAPG was studied using the NA-Bayes approach (NAB). We found that NAB is very sensitive to misfit magnitude but otherwise NA and NAPG produce similar uncertainty measures.
Supervisor: Stephen, Karl D. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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