Basin Modeling

We offer proprietary basin modeling studies (1D, 2D, 3D) for individual clients. We also conduct public multiclient studies of both conventional and unconventional petroleum systems.

Basin modeling can help us answer key questions to reduce exploration risks:

  • Is there a working petroleum system in the area of interest? How many systems can we identify?
  • Which source rocks have generated hydrocarbons, and where are their main kitchen areas?
  • When and where did expulsion, migration, and trapping take place?
  • What kinds of fluids and fluid properties can be expected, given the kerogen types and maturity levels in both source rocks and reservoirs?
  • In unconventional plays, how much hydrocarbon has remained in the source rock, to be released by fracking?
  • Did hydrocarbons migrate to my prospect or into my acreage?

We use the Novva software for 1D modelling, and the 1D models can help to build 2D and 3D models using other basin modeling software. We use Petromod® (from Schlumberger) to conduct our 2D and 3D studies. 1D, 2D, and 3D models can be built on a range of scales, from basin to prospect, depending on availability of input data and the needs of the client.

The following is a list of common types of modeling output available. All kind of maps and plots can be created for present day, as well as for any desired time in the past. Migration-related outputs (*) will only be provided for 2D and 3D studies.

  • Maturity maps for each source-rock interval
  • Subsurface temperature distribution in the study area
  • Timing of generation and expulsion and composition of hydrocarbons from each source rock
  • *Timing of hydrocarbon migration
  • *Migration pathways and drainage areas
  • *Prospect charge (e.g., fill/spill scenarios) and seal effectiveness
  • Biodegradation risk
  • Uncertainty analysis/risk scenarios for important input parameters

Our expertise lies in petroleum system analysis and geochemistry, particularly source-rock kinetics. However, we collaborate regularly with a close network of experts in many fields (e.g., structural geologists, biostratigraphers, geophysicists, and petrographers) in order to provide the best-possible studies that integrate contributions from all branches of the geological sciences. We also work with a number of laboratories worldwide, where we can analyze samples that require additional or specialized investigation.