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10:30-10:50 am - Forum 4

P³ - PetroPhysical Property Database – a global compilation of lab measured rock properties

Bär, Kristian1; Reinsch, Thomas2; Bott, Judith2

1Department of Geothermal Science and Technology, Institute of Applied Geosciences, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Schnittspahnstr. 9, Darmstadt, 64287, Germany; 2GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Telegrafenberg, Potsdam, 14473, Germany

Petrophysical properties are key to populate local and/or regional numerical models and to interpret results from geophysical investigation methods. Searching for rock property values measured on samples from a specific rock unit at a specific location might become a very time-consuming challenge given that such data are spread across diverse compilations and that the number of publications on new measurements is continuously growing and data are of heterogeneous quality. Profiting from existing laboratory data to populate numerical models or interpret geophysical surveys at specific locations or for individual reservoir units is often hampered if information on the sample location, petrography, stratigraphy, measuring method and conditions are sparse or not documented.

Within the framework of the EC funded project IMAGE (Integrated Methods for Advanced Geothermal Exploration, EU grant agreement No. 608553), an open-access database of lab measured petrophysical properties has been developed (Bär et al., 20182019: P³ - Database, The goal of this hierarchical database is to provide easily accessible information on physical rock properties relevant for geothermal exploration and reservoir characterization in a single compilation. Collected data include ‘classical’ petrophysical, thermophysical and mechanical properties and, in addition, electrical conductivity and magnetic susceptibility. Each measured value is complemented by relevant meta-information such as the corresponding sample location, petrographic description, chronostratigraphic age, if available, and original citation. The original stratigraphic and petrographic descriptions are transferred to standardized catalogues following a hierarchical structure ensuring inter-comparability for statistical analysis (Bär et al., 2019: P³ - Petrography,, Bär et al., 20182019: P³ - Stratigraphy, In addition, information on the experimental setup (methods) and the measurement conditions are listed for quality control. Thus, rock properties can directly be related to in-situ conditions to derive specific parameters relevant for simulating subsurface processes or interpreting geophysical data.

We describe the structure, content and status quo of the database and discuss its limitations and advantages for the end-user.

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