Modeling Discontinuities on Faulted Geological Surfaces

in: Proc. 67th Annual Meeting, pages 1711--1714, Society of Exploration Geophysicists

Abstract

Geometrical modeling of the subsuface is now becoming a key issue in the oil exploration business. Modeling complex zone with heav tectonic deformations quires tools that should be able to handle correctly not obly the geometry of objets, such as faults and geological layers, but also to handle the relationships between these objects. In particular a fault is to be modeled as a surface, but also as a field of displacement vectors. Alternatively, a fault can be seen as a kind of hyperlink between its two sides, allowing for continuity of physical properties in layers that are geometrically displaced. Using the Discret Smooth Interpolation method, it is possible to design an interpolation constraint that takes into account both of these baheviours.

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    @INPROCEEDINGS{Cognot97,
        author = { Cognot, Richard and Ait Ettajer, Taoufik and Mallet, Jean-Laurent },
         title = { Modeling Discontinuities on Faulted Geological Surfaces },
     booktitle = { Proc. 67th Annual Meeting },
       chapter = { 0 },
          year = { 1997 },
         pages = { 1711--1714 },
     publisher = { Society of Exploration Geophysicists },
      abstract = { Geometrical modeling of the subsuface is now becoming a key issue in the oil exploration business. Modeling complex zone with heav tectonic deformations quires tools that should be able to handle correctly not obly the geometry of objets, such as faults and geological layers, but also to handle the relationships between these objects. In particular a fault is to be modeled as a surface, but also as a field of displacement vectors. Alternatively, a fault can be seen as a kind of hyperlink between its two sides, allowing for continuity of physical properties in layers that are geometrically displaced. Using the Discret Smooth Interpolation method, it is possible to design an interpolation constraint that takes into account both of these baheviours. }
    }