CORRELATION BETWEEN ELECTRICAL RESISTIVITY AND ANISOTROPIC ELASTIC PROPERTIES OF PIERRE SHALE, WATTENBURG FIELD, COLORADO
Using a novel approach to the joint P- and SV-wave slowness-polarization method, local anisotropy parameters around the receiver array in a VSP (vertical seismic profile) well are determined. The study VSP well is located at Wattenberg Field, Colorado. Due to evidence from VSP data about the presence of orthorhombic anisotropy at some levels, the joint slowness-polarization method is applied in two symmetry planes. The joint P- and SV-wave slowness-polarization method yields a very accurate measurement of seismic anisotropy parameters δ and η.
The estimated anisotropy parameter η (also called anellipticity parameter) from one of the symmetry planes shows a high correlation with the borehole resistivity log especially at Pierre Shale. The study suggests that the bound water between clay sheets causes the high correlation between elastic and electrical properties. As mentioned before, this phenomena has been expected and described at a microscopic scale, but in this study it is seen in a seismic scale for the first time.