Integrated Petrophysical/Geological Characterization Lab
Research Topic: Formation Evaluation
Through the new Integrated Reservoir Characterization Lab, the Formation Evaluation group at Texas Tech applies an interactive approach combining geological and petrophysical analyses to develop a comprehensive perspective on the reservoir. Current and planned research activities span a broad range of interests in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs, primarily focused on carbonates and Permian Basin plays.
Recent and ongoing research includes a large-scale characterization of the San Andres horizontal (SAHZ) play in west Texas; log-derived permeability prediction in low-porosity carbonates of the U.S. Mid-Continent region; evaluating effectiveness of permeability prediction models in the SAHZ play; and, exploring the use of porosity stratal slice mapping as a tool for streamlining exploration and development in regionally extensive carbonate plays. We recently completed a project under direction of the Illinois Geological Survey to identify fluid contacts and characterize saturations in a Thick Cypress Sand residual oil zone (ROZ) in the Illinois Basin.
Recent Publications and Presentations:
Arora, A., J. Browning, S. Henderson, G. Asquith, and S. Gorell, 2019, Calibration of NMR permeability using cluster analysis and cloud matching: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Annual Conference and Exhibition, San Antonio, TX.
Henderson, S., 2019, Why mud matters: North Texas Geological Society monthly meeting, Wichita Falls, TX.