Petrophysics from the air to improve understanding of rock properties in the UK

Beamish, David. 2013 Petrophysics from the air to improve understanding of rock properties in the UK. First Break, 31 (12). 63-71.

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Electromagnetic geophysical applications exploit a petrophysical relationship governing the electrical properties of rocks. Given the extensive nature of many airborne electromagnetic surveys it seems natural to classify, and hence simplify, the spatially aggregated conductivity information on the basis of rock lithology. This provides an important link between lithological rock parameters and the petrophysical parameters controlling bulk conductivity. This classification procedure has been applied to over 8 M conductivity estimates obtained from airborne surveys conducted in the UK over a period of 10 years. The analysis has provided new information on the conductivity characteristics of many UK geological formations and allowed a new UK national map of bedrock conductivity to be developed. Here we highlight the complex conductivity variations observed in mudstone and shale rocks across a Carboniferous basin. The potential interplay of increasing conductivity due to clay content and decreasing conductivity due to the presence of pore‐scale hydrocarbons is noted. The geological‐geophysical analysis described is a new procedure that provides a framework for further detailed petrophysical understanding of rock properties at depths accessible to EM techniques.

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Date made live: 16 Dec 2013 15:31 +0 (UTC)

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