Goals

If there is one word that defines the research consortium, that word is INTEGRATION

The joint industry research consortium on formation evaluation aims at developing and testing novel methodologies for the integrated interpretation of well logs, rock-core measurements, and seismic amplitude data. Emphasis is placed on the petrophysical interpretation of measurements to detect, diagnose, and quantify rock properties and geometrical variables that control the storage and production of hydrocarbon reserves. Interpretation of borehole geophysical measurements also includes pore-scale petrophysical models to assess the influence of partial hydrocarbon saturation on gradient diffusion measurements of magnetic resonance, wideband dielectrics, and multi-phase immiscible flow. To accomplish these goals, the research consortium develops efficient and accurate algorithms for the numerical simulation of multi-phase and compositional flow in the near-wellbore region. In addition, efficient and accurate algorithms are developed for the numerical simulation of borehole electromagnetic, sonic, nuclear, and formation testing measurements acquired in vertical, horizontal, and deviated wells in the presence of both water- and oil-base muds. A significant component of the consortium research includes the development of efficient inversion algorithms to jointly interpret one or more borehole geophysical measurements into petrophysical properties and space-time distributions of fluids in the near-borehole region This is achieved with sophisticated multi-physics and multi-scale minimization algorithms that are capable of delivering estimates of non-uniqueness and uncertainty. Many of the algorithms developed by the consortium are implemented on stand-alone PCs and parallel computers using Fortran, C++, and Matlab© programming languages.

In addition to research projects developed during yearly cycles and available to all consortium members, the research consortium entertains one-to-one projects that meet needs and requirements specified by consortium members.