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Fracture statistical analysis and characterization

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Fracture analysis is aimed at characterizing the fracture network features at various scales of observation and allows reservoir modeling in terms of local fracture porosity and permeability[1][2]. According to recent trends the structural analysis should recognize the fracture network hierarchical arrangement[3][4][5], going from faults to micro-fractures, and utilize such data as input within the framework of dual- or multiple-porosity simulation models[1].


  1. 1.0 1.1 Guerriero V. et al., 2013. A permeability model for naturally fractured carbonate reservoirs. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 40, 115-134,
  2. Guerriero V. et al., 2010. Quantifying uncertainties in multi-scale studies of fractured reservoir analogues: Implemented statistical analysis of scan line data from carbonate rocks. Journal of Structural Geology, 32, 9, 1271-1278,
  3. Ortega O.J. et al., 2006. A scale-independent approach to fracture intensity and average spacing measurement. AAPG Bulletin, 90, 2, 193-208, DOI:10.1306/08250505059
  4. Odling N.E. et al., 1999. Variations in fracture system geometry and their implications for fluid flow in fractures hydrocarbon reservoirs. Petroleum Geoscience, 5, 373-384,
  5. Guerriero V. et al., 2015. The role of stratabound fractures for fluid migration pathways and storage in well-bedded carbonates. Italian Journal of Geosciences, 134, 3, 383–395,