Understanding origin and distribution of natural fault- and fracture patterns in unconventional reservoirs is critical for successful exploration and production. In order to validate tectonic versus non-tectonic origin, influence of pre-existing deformation and fracture distribution, we use cumulative strain as a modeling proxy in a pilot study from the Niobrara FM., DJ Basin, CO.
We all agree that an accurate and viable geologic interpretation is critical for all exploration workflows. Nevertheless, validation through balancing and restoration techniques is undervalued with often significant consequences for project outcomes. Here is why we should balance and how.