Geostatistical simulation of fracture networks

R. Mohan Srivastava, Peter Frykman, Mark Jensen

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A geostatistical method has been developed by Ontario Power Generation to enable creation of 3D fracture network models (FNMs) that explicitly honor detailed information on surface lineaments. This approach provides a systematic and traceable method that is flexible and that accommodates data from many different sources. The detailed, complex and realistic models of 3D fracture geometry produced by this method serve as an ideal basis for developing rock property models to be used in flow and transport studies. These models are probabilistic in the sense that they consist of a family of equally likely renditions of fracture geometry. Such probabilistic models are well suited to studying issues that involve risk assessment and quantification of uncertainty.

The geostatistical procedure for simulating FNMs is described, and tested using field data collected from the Lägerdorf chalk quarry in northern Germany.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeostatistics Banff 2004
EditorsOy Leuangthong, Clayton V. Deutsch
Place of PublicationDordrecht, The Netherlands
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4020-3610-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-4020-3515-9
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event7th International Geostatistics Congress - Banff, Alberta, Canada
Duration: 26 Sept 20041 Oct 2004

Publication series

SeriesQuantitative Geology and Geostatistics


Conference7th International Geostatistics Congress
CityBanff, Alberta, Canada

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 3: Energy Resources


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