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Permeability Estimation Directly From Logging-While-Drilling Induced Polarization Data

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  • G. Fiandaca
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  • P. K. Maurya
  • N. Balbarini, Technical University of Denmark
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  • A. Hördt, Technical University of Braunschweig
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  • A. V. Christiansen
  • N. Foged
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  • P. L. Bjerg, Technical University of Denmark
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  • E. Auken

In this study, we present the prediction of permeability from time domain spectral induced polarization (IP) data, measured in boreholes on undisturbed formations using the El-log logging-while-drilling technique. We collected El-log data and hydraulic properties on unconsolidated Quaternary and Miocene deposits in boreholes at three locations at a field site in Denmark, characterized by different electrical water conductivity and chemistry. The high vertical resolution of the El-log technique matches the lithological variability at the site, minimizing ambiguity in the interpretation originating from resolution issues. The permeability values were computed from IP data using a laboratory-derived empirical relationship presented in a recent study for saturated unconsolidated sediments, without any further calibration. A very good correlation, within 1 order of magnitude, was found between the IP-derived permeability estimates and those derived using grain size analyses and slug tests, with similar depth trends and permeability contrasts. Furthermore, the effect of water conductivity on the IP-derived permeability estimations was found negligible in comparison to the permeability uncertainties estimated from the inversion and the laboratory-derived empirical relationship.

Original languageEnglish
JournalWater Resources Research
Pages (from-to)2851-2870
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018

    Research areas

  • permeability, spectral inversion, time domain induced polarization

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