The derivation of rock properties from high-resolution images (Digital Rock Technology) is disruptive as that it can fundamentally change how the industry measures rock properties used to characterize reservoirs production and predict their performance. Petricore and all the partners of this project are world leaders on the characterization of rock properties and active players on the development of the Digital Rocks Technology. Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has been deployed in many different applications, such as pattern recognition and real-time speech translation with outstanding results. The main idea of this innovation project is to use Deep Learning algorithms to drastically reduce the time and complexity to generate digital 3D models from high-resolution 2D and 3D images. This project is the continuation of a current collaboration between Petricore and NTNU, where we have tested the potential of these new technologies. The SmartRocks project aims to develop the next generation of rock characterization technology in order to not only make a cheaper, faster and more reliable characterization but also to allow industry to work with other materials than cores, since coring represents a significant part of the drilling costs. This new technology is the combination of Artificial Intelligence algorithms to process images and the Digital Rock technology, which includes X-ray and other kind of microscopic 2D and 3D imaging techniques, laboratory measurements and super-computing advanced simulations. The accuracy of the developed methodology will be directly verified on real reservoir rocks provided by the project partners.
Project leader: Leonardo Ruspini
Institution: PETRICORE NORWAY AS