Ikon Science partners with CHORUS for unconventional research

Ikon Science has formed a new partnership with CHORUS, a University of Calgary research consortium that investigates reservoir characterization for enhanced heavy oil recovery, to work on an initiative to bring applied science to the industry for the production of tight sands and unconventional plays.

The CHORUS research consortium at the University of Calgary has been studying hot and cold heavy oil production for more than 14 days. To date, the ultimate purpose of CHORUS projects has been to determine how cost-effective seismic modeling and reservoir characterization modeling can be developed to optimize exploitation plans for heavy oil reservoirs. Its existing work spans seismic monitoring, reservoir characterization, reservoir geology field core measurements, and engineering simulations.

On realizing the growing attention focused ono applied geophysics for imaging fractures between boreholes, the CHORUS consortium became interested in extending its work beyond heavy oil and into the realm of unconventional reservoirs. For this new venture, CHORUS formed a partnership with Ikon Science.

Joan Embleton, software industry manager for CHORUS, commented, “Ikon Science’s RokDoc software is the ideal mature and full-featured platform for our quantitative reservoir investigations. RokDoc provides the databases, the viewers, and industry-standard approaches that CHORUS can then build upon to advance University of Calgary thesis projects.”

RokDoc software allows its global users to establish the relationship between the constituents of the rocks, the fabric of the rock, the state of stress, the pressures, the elastic properties, and the seismic amplitudes.

With numerous Ikon Science software modules already dedicated to heavy oil reservoirs, CHORUS can leverage this technology to expedite thesis projects and other diversified research collaborative objectives.

Of the partnership, Rob Dudley, vice president of Ikon Science, Canada, said, “We will be involved in consortium meetings and will gain exposure within the research community for our work with unconventional reservoirs.”

In addition to these unconventional projects, Ikon Science will help the original consortium team that specializes in enhanced heavy oil cold production processes.


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