Modeling extra-deep EM logs using a deep neural network

S. Alyaev, M. Shahriari, D. Pardo, A. Omella, D. Larsen, N. Jahani, E. Suter. Modeling extra-deep EM logs using a deep neural network. GEOPHYSICS, pages 0: 1-47, DOI 10.1190/geo2020-0389.1, 3, 2021.

  • Sergey Alyaev
  • Mostafa Shahriari
  • David Pardo
  • Angel Javier Omella
  • David Selvag Larsen
  • Nazanin Jahani
  • Erich Suter
Seiten0: 1-47

Modern geosteering is heavily dependent on real-time interpretation of deep electromagnetic (EM) measurements. We present a methodology to construct a deep neural network (DNN) model trained to reproduce a full set of extra-deep EM logs consisting of 22 measurements per logging position. The model is trained in a 1D layered environment consisting of up to seven layers with different resistivity values.A commercial simulator provided by a tool vendor is utilized to generate a training dataset.The dataset size is limited because the simulator provided by the vendor is optimized for sequential execution.Therefore,we design a training dataset that embracesthe geological rules and geosteering specifics supported by the forward model. We use this dataset to produce an EM simulator based on a DNN without access to the proprietary information about the EM tool configuration or the original simulator source code.Despite employing a relatively small training set size, the resulting DNN forward model is quite accurate for the considered examples: a multi-layer synthetic case and a section of a published historical operation from the Goliat Field.The observed average evaluation time of 0.15 milliseconds per logging position makes it also suitable for future use as part of evaluation-hungry statistical and/or Monte-Carlo inversion algorithms within geosteering workflows.