Assisted History Matching in an Offshore Turbidite Reservoir With Active Reservoir Management Conference Paper uri icon


  • Streamline-based assisted and automatic history matching techniques have shown great potential in reconciling high resolution geologic models to production data. Several field applications have demonstrated the efficiency of streamline-based sensitivity calculations together with the generalized travel time inversion (GTTI) for history matching. However, a limitation of the current GTTI based production data misfit calculations is that it is best suited for continuous and monotonic production histories. Field applications very often include active reservoir management decisions that involve well shut-in, recompletions and pattern conversions. These introduce significant discontinuities and non-monotonic effects in the production response. In this paper we propose an efficient and novel technique that handles production discontinuities through a transformation of the production data and by eliminating high frequency details in the transformed domain. The technique also reduces nonmonotonic behavior and results in a response more suitable for the GTTI based misfit calculations. Our proposed approach has been applied to an offshore turbidite reservoir with active reservoir management and highly detailed production information. The static model contains more than three-hundred-thousand cells, complex sand depositional distribution combined with fault structures, four pairs of injector, deviated producing wells and more than 8 years of production history. Previous history matching attempts using traditional approaches had difficulties matching production response at the individual well level. With our proposed modification to the GTTI approach, a significant improvement on the well match quality was obtained. Most importantly, by visualizing the streamlines and the dynamic adjustment of flow paths during history matching, we could easily identify the areas of inconsistency between the geologic model and the production data. The calibrated geologic model suggests communication within sand channels, differences in flow paths and barriers that have not been included in the previous geologic and seismic interpretation. Copyright 2009, Society of Petroleum Engineers.

author list (cited authors)

  • Rey, A., Ballin, P. R., Vitalis, C. F., Parke, J., & Datta-Gupta, A.

citation count

  • 12

publication date

  • October 2009