Geostatistics: A Review of Basic Concepts Univariate Statistics and Variogram

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Random Variable
l In the stochastic approach (as opposed to deterministic approach), we treat reservoir properties as a random variable l A random variable, z, can take a series of outcomes or realizations ( zi, i=1, 2, 3,.....N) with a given set of probability of occurrences (pi, i =1, 2,...N).

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Distribution Function
Mean Frequency of Occurrence

Variance

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Histograms and Cumulative Distribution Function
250 200 Frequency 150 100 50 0 100.00% 90.00% 80.00% 70.00% 60.00%

Frequency Cumulative %

50.00% 40.00% 30.00% 20.00% 10.00% .00%

4.642 10.00

0.005

46.42

100.0

215.4

464.2

0.001

0.002

0.010

0.022

0.100

Permeability Range, md

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2.154

21.54

0.046

0.215

0.464

1.000

1000.

Producing Cumulative Distribution Function from the Data
• Sort the data in increasing order

X 1 ≤ X 2 ≤ X 3 ≤ ... ≤ X N
• Assign a probability pi to the event ( X • pi =(i-1/2)/N • Plot Xi versus pi
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≤ Xi )

PROBABILITY PLOT
Estimated Permeability Data Set 109 Data Points, Mean = 0.36 Median = 0.10
Calculated Permeability Data Set 10

1

0.1

0.01

0.001 1

2

5

10 15 20

30

40 50 60 70 80 85 Probability , % Less Than

90

95

98

99

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Statistics Review
Univariate Statistics: Basics
Expected value = Mean = Arithmetic Average N
E( z) = m =

1 ˆ pi z i ≅ m = N

∑z
i =1

i

Variance = a measure of the spread of a distribution about its mean

VAR( z ) = σ 2 = E ([ zi − m])2 = E ( zi2 ) − m2 z
1 ˆ z2 = ≅σ ( N − 1)


i =1

N

ˆ ( z i − m) 2

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Coefficient of Variation
Coefficient of Variation Cv is a dimensionless measure of spread of the distribution and is commonly Used to quantify permeability heterogeneity

ˆ σ CV = m

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Cv for Different Rock Types
Carbonate (mixed pore type) 22 S. North Sea Rotliegendes Fm (6) 21 (4) Crevasse splay sst (5) 20 Shallow marine rippled micaceous sst 19 Fluvial lateral accretion sst (5) 18 Distributary/tidal channel Etive ssts 17 Beach/stacked tidal Etive Fm. 16 Heterolitthic channel fill 15 Shallow marine HCS 14 Shallow marine high contrast lamination 13 Shallow marine Lochaline Sst (3) 12 Shallow marine Rannoch Fm 11 Aeolian interdune (1) 10 Shallow marine SCS 9 Large scale cross-bed channel (5) 8 Mixed aeolian wind ripple/grainflow (1) 7 Fluvial trough-cross beds (5) 6 Fluvial trough-cross beds (2) 5 Shallow marine low contrast lamination 4 Aeolian grainflow (1) 3 Aeolian wind ripple (1) Homogeneous core plugs 2 1 Synthetic core plugs

23

Very heterogeneous

Heterogeneous

Homogeneous

0

0

1

2

3

4

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Q-Q / P-P Plots

l Compares two univariate distributions l Q-Q plot is a plot of matching quartiles
– a straight line implies that the two distributions have the same shape. a straight line implies that the two distributions have the same shape.

l P-P plot is a plot of matching cumulative probabilities

l Q-Q plot has units of the data, l P-P plots are always scaled between 0 and 1

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Q-Q plot of permeability vs. porosity
1.E+02 1.E+01 Permeability 1.E+00 1.E-01 1.E-02 1.E-03 0.001

0.010 Porosity

0.100

1.000

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Data Transformation
Why do we need to worry about data transformation? l Attributes, such as permeability, with highly skewed data distributions present problems in variogram calculation; the extreme values have a significant impact on the variogram. l One common transform is to take logarithms, y = log10 ( z ) perform all statistical analyses on the transformed data, and back transform at the end → back transform is sensitive l Many geostatistical techniques require the data to be transformed to a Gaussian or normal distribution. The Gaussian RF model is unique in statistics for its extreme analytical simplicity and for being the limit distribution of many analytical theorems globally known as “central limit theorems” The transform to any distribution (and back) is easily accomplished by the quantile transform

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Normal Scores Transformation
l Many geostatistical techniques require the data to be transformed to a Gaussian or normal distribution:

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Standard Normal Distribution z = (w-µ)/σ
Cum. Normal pdf Normal 1 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.1 0 0

0.6827 0.9545 0.9973
1 2 3

-3

-2

-1

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Exercises
l Univariate analysis of well log data l Distribution Characteristics l Heterogeneity Measures

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Statistics Review
Bivariate Statistics The Covariance and the Variogram are related measures of the joint variation of two random variables.

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Statistics Review
Covariance
COV ( A, B ) = E ([ Ai − mA ][ Bi − mB ]) = E ( Ai Bi ) − mA mB

∃ = 1 ≅ CAB N

∃ ∃ ∑ (a b ) − m m
i i A i =1

N

B

>0 if A, B are positively correlated CAB = 0 if A, B are independent < 0 if A, B are negatively correlated
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Statistics Review
Variogram
2γ ( A, B ) = E ([ A − B]2 ) 1 ∃ ≅ 2γ = N

∑ (a
i =1

N

i

− bi )

2

γÙ0 γÙ∝

A is increasingly similar to B A is increasingly dissimilar to B
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Spatial Variation
Assume: Variation in a property between two points depends only on vector distance, not on location. Model Variability: Variogram γ ( h ) = Covariance
1 2N h [ζ ( xi ) − ζ ( xi + h )]2 ∑
i =1 Nh

 1 c( h ) =   Nh

 ζ ( xi )ζ ( xi + h ) − m2 ∑  i =1
Nh

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Modeling Spatial Variation
l zi =z(xi) is some property at location xi l Interpret zi as a random variable with a probability distribution and the set of zi to define a random function z. l Assume the variability between z(xi) and z(xi+h) depends only on vector h, not on location xi*.

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Modeling Spatial Variation
l Use variogram and/or covariance to model variability
1 2γ (h) = 2γˆ ( h) = Nh  1 ˆ COV ( h) = c(h) =   Nh 


i =1

Nh

[ z ( xi ) − z ( xi + h)]2  ˆ z ( xi ) z ( xi + h)  − m z2  


i =1

Nh

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Data Sources
l Lots of wells in subject reservoir l Lots of wells in similar reservoir l Outcrops l Secondary and soft data (seismic, interval constraints, expert judgement)
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Porosity Log
11600 11500

11400 Depth, ft

11300

11200

11100

11000 0

0.1

0.2 0.3 Porosity, fraction

0.4

Depth Porosity 11060 0.083 11060.5 0.074 11061 0.062 11061.5 0.058 11062 0.061 11062.5 0.066 11063 0.07 11063.5 0.073 11064 0.078 11064.5 0.079 11065 0.075 11065.5 0.072 11066 0.072 11066.5 0.074 11067 0.075 11067.5 0.077 11068 0.098 11068.5 0.129 11069 0.151 11069.5 0.157

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Variogram Calculation
φ (u) 0.083 0.074 0.062 0.058 0.061 0.066 0.07 0.073 0.078 0.079 0.075 0.072 0.072 0.074 0.075 0.077 0.098 0.129 0.151 φ (u+h) 0.074 0.062 0.058 0.061 0.066 0.07 0.073 0.078 0.079 0.075 0.072 0.072 0.074 0.075 0.077 0.098 0.129 0.151 0.157 φ (u) 0.083 0.074 0.062 0.058 0.061 0.066 0.07 0.073 0.078 0.079 0.075 0.072 0.072 0.074 0.075 0.077 0.098 0.129 φ (u+h) 0.062 0.058 0.061 0.066 0.07 0.073 0.078 0.079 0.075 0.072 0.072 0.074 0.075 0.077 0.098 0.129 0.151 0.157

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0.35 0.3

Variogram Calculation
0.35 0.3 R 2 = 0.9812 R 2 = 0.8761 0.25 0.2 0.15 0.1 Lag=0.5 Lag=1.5 0.05 0 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.35 R 2 = 0.7653 0.3 0.25 0.2 0.15 Lag = 10 0.1 Lag=2.5 0.05 0 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 R2 = 0.352 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4

0.25 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.05 0

0.35 0.3 0.25 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.05 0

l As the separation distance increases, the similarity between pairs of values decreases

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Variogram Definition
1.2

Increasing variability

Sill - No correlation 1

Variogram

0.8 Range 0.6 Model Fit Experimental

0.4

Nugget Effect

0.2

0 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 Distance 35 40 45 50

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Variogram Model
Variogram improves with increasing:
- Number of data pairs at each lag spacing. - Number of lags with data.

è Lots of data required for statistically significant variogram.
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Variogram Terminology
l Sill – the variance of the data (1.0 if the data are normal scores) – The plateau that the variogram reaches at the range l Range – As the separation distance between pairs increases, the corresponding variogram value will generally increase. Eventually, an increase in the separation distance no longer causes a corresponding increase in the averaged squared difference between pairs of values.The distance at which the variogram reaches this plateau is the range l Nugget effect – natural short-range variability (microstructure) and measurement error – Although the value of the variogram for h=0 is strictly 0, several factors, such as sampling error and short term variability, may cause sample value separated by extremely short distances to be quite dissimilar. This causes a discontinuity from the value of 0 at the origin to the value of the variogram at extremely small separation distances

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Variogram Characteristics
γ γ

h
Low Spatial Correlation

h
High Spatial Correlation
α1 α2 α3

γ

h
Anisotropic

All geological inference is buried in the variogram.
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Variograms Modeling Spatial Correlation
l The shape of the variogram model determines the spatial continuity of the random function model l Measures must be customized for each field and each attribute (φ,Κ) l Depending on the level of diagenesis, the spatial variability may be similar within similar depositional environments.

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Variogram and Covariance
l Assuming second order stationarity, the following relationship applies.

γ (h) = var(z)− cov(h) ⇒ cov(h) = cov(0)−γ (h)
l These are important relationships to be used during kriging using variograms.
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Variogram Interpretation Geometric Anisotropy
Same shape and sill but different ranges

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Variogram Interpretation Cyclicity
1 1 2 φ 1 Depth Distance 2 3 3 Sill 4

4

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Variogram Interpretation Cyclicity

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Variogram Interpretation Zonal Anisotropy
Both sill and range vary in different directions
1
Variability ‘between wells’ ‘Within well’ variability Positive correlation over large distance

Well 1

Well 2

Well 3

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Variogram Interpretation Zonal Anisotropy

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Variogram Interpretation Trend
1
Positive correlation Negative correlation

Distance Depth
Trend » non stationarity the mean is not constant

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Variogram Interpretation Vertical Trend and Horizontal Zonal Anisotropy

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Vertical Well Profile and Variogram with a Clearly Defined Vertical Trend
50 45 Regression: y = -1.5807x + 51.611 40 35

30 Depth

25

20

15

10

5

0 0 5 10 15 Porosity 20 25 30

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Vertical Well Profile and Variogram after Removal of the Vertical Trend
50 45 40

35

30 Depth

25

20

15

10

5

0 -8 -6 -4 -2 0 Re siduals 2 4 6 8

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Methodology for Variogram Interpretation and Modeling
l Compute and plot experimental variograms in what are believed to be the principal directions of continuity based on a-priori geological knowledge l Place a horizontal line representing the theoretical sill. l Remove all trends from data. l Interpretation – Short-scale variance: the nugget effect – Intermediate-scale variance: geometric anisotropy. – Large-scale variance: • zonal anisotropy • hole-effect l Modeling – Proceed to variogram modeling by selecting a model type (spherical, exponential, gaussian…) and correlation ranges for each structure

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Exercises
l Vertical variogram calculations l Areal variogram calculations l Variogram modeling l Inference of spatial variation/correlations

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