Title

Use of Conditional Simulation, Mechanical Theory, and Field Observations to Characterize the Structure of Faults and Fracture Networks

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Flow and Transport through Unsaturated Fractured Rock

Volume

42

Publisher

American Geophysical Union

Publication Date

2001

First Page

61

Last Page

73

Abstract

We present a method that links physical theory for the origin of a fracture system to field observations. The method generates simulations of a physically-based stochastic model that are conditioned on field observations. Two examples using stochastic models that are qualitatively based on elasticity theory are presented. The first is a three-dimensional model of small left-lateral strike-slip faults based on cohesive zone fracture mechanics and conditioned on surface trace maps. The second is a two-dimensional stochastic model of a strata bound fracture network conditioned on well test data.

Comments

Originally published by the American Geophysical Union. Chapter fulltext available through remote link. Book can be purchased through the publisher.