Abstract

One of the common applications of Pressure Transient Analysis and Pressure Pulse Testing is the evaluation of formation permeability that is referred to as dynamic permeability and is then used to calibrate permeability distribution from a geological model before running full-field flow simulations.

In practice, though, the correlation between permeability from pressure tests and that predicted from open-hole logs is often poor and does not provide consistent calibration because of many factors including poor core data, poor porosity-permeability, complex pressure transient responses and others. In many cases, inaccurate dynamic permeability values are due to misinterpretation of flowing thickness.

In this paper, we demonstrate how Spectral Noise Logging can pick the boundaries of actual flow units and enable the accurate determination of effective thickness to substantially improve the correlation between dynamic and open-hole permeabilities.

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