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The forward modelling capabilities of ELFEN provide accurate simulations and representation of geological evolution. This enables a full understanding of your field’s stress, material, deformation and trap history throughout geological time.
From basin to field to wellbore scale, the output from the models can unlock the essential aspects of a prospect:
Stress, material state, temperature and pore pressure evolution/prediction: exploration > development > production
Targeted drilling and identification of drilling hazards
Coordinates of potential traps, subseismic structures and flow pathways
Natural fracture and fault prediction
A better understanding of maturation
The ability to predict the physical formation of geological structures provides significant benefit in understanding the evolution of stress and pore pressure distribution within a field and, in particular, the material state of the reservoir units. Geometric or kinematic techniques are often used to analyse geological structures but they ignore the mechanical deformation response of the rock strata.download paper
The HM forward modeling technology has been applied to simulate the formation of the ACG (Azeri, Chirag, Gunashli) anticline. In the ACG anticline, the layers that make up the hydrocarbon reservoir section are understood to be in an overpressured state prior to production as a consequence of recent rapid sedimentation and lateral shortening.view all case studies
The work presented here addresses the evolution of a highly complex region in the Southern Apennines that has experienced multiple deformation phases that includes regional compression, transpression and more recently extension. The complexity of the deformation requires a full three-dimensional representation and necessitates novel strategies for modelling the transcurrent movement in particular.download paper
The modelling is executed within a sophisticated finite-strain finite element modelling framework that includes treatment of contacting discrete bodies and accurate representation of the varied constitutive response of the sediments. A preliminary modelling step involves assessment of the computational framework outlined in terms of ability to successfully replicate the bench scale model.view all case studies