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Petroleum System Modeling Capabilities for Use in Oil and Gas Resource Assessments

By Debra K. Higley, Michael Lewan, Laura N.R. Roberts, and Mitchell E. Henry

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Petroleum resource assessments are among the most highly visible and frequently cited scientific products of the U.S. Geological Survey. The assessments integrate diverse and extensive information on the geologic, geochemical, and petroleum production histories of provinces and regions of the United States and the World. Petroleum systems modeling incorporates these geoscience data in ways that strengthen the assessment process and results are presented visually and numerically. The purpose of this report is to outline the requirements, advantages, and limitations of one-dimensional (1-D), two-dimensional (2-D), and three-dimensional (3-D) petroleum systems modeling that can be applied to the assessment of oil and gas resources. Primary focus is on the application of the Integrated Exploration Systems (IES) PetroMod® software because of familiarity with that program as well as the emphasis by the USGS Energy Program on standardizing to...>>MORE

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Posted March 2006

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