Rock physics and geopressure regional studies | Ikon Science

The basis of our studies is a regional geological pressure, geomechanics or rock physics model and that the regional model informs the local situation.

Knowing what is happening across a regional scale is simply invaluable because it gives context to the local conditions. What may seem anomalous in local terms, can make perfect sense when it is viewed in light of regional trends.

Roknowledge geopressure and rock physics studies provide a regional understanding across these disciplines. They offer enhanced exploration and production success, together with increased drilling safety across the globe. Regional studies can also be utilised as a powerful and cost effective insight into analogous basins in other parts of the world, for example, the Labrador Basin and Mid Norway, Offshore Brazil and Offshore Niger Delta.


Click here to read our recent Leading Edge article, by Alexander Edwards & Stephen O'Connor, who discuss the value of these regional studies.

Regional geopressure studies

Our geopressure studies provide an improved understanding of the regional pressure regimes by mapping overpressure distributions at particular stratigraphic intervals. Areas of low and high  overpressure can be identified and assist in reducing drilling risks. These studies also provide regional algorithms for the fracture gradient and overburden which are useful for well planning. They provide regional insight into hydrocarbon migration, reservoir quality and seal integrity of traps, increasing the likelihood of finding and drilling successful prospects.

Regional rock physics studies 

Our regional rock physics studies provide a powerful reference of rock physics relationships and the seismic behaviour of rocks in order to reduce exploration uncertainty. These studies are a fundamental tool, providing a regional perspective of the rock and fluid properties. They explain in situ trends and expected seismic responses at the reservoir level.