This program’s objective is to combine new Australian developed step-change technologies of 3D Digital Rock Technology (DRT) with conventional oil industry Routine Core Analysis (RCA) and Special Core Analysis (SCAL).
The DRT workflow presents a paradigm shift in the geoscience industry’s approach to core analysis. The program has leveraged a comprehensive set of Surat Basin core material and multi-scale property data, along with an unprecedented understanding of the physics of CO2-brine systems at the pore-scale. Implications to quantitative understanding of properties at larger scales, whole core to log to geo-cellular scales have also been established. This workflow can be used to assess other potential CO2 storage sites.
Research groups at ANU and FEI have pioneered a novel 3D image and analysis technology over the last 10 years. The collaborating groups at the University of Queensland, UNSW and CSIRO are leaders in the fields of conventional CO2 flow analysis studies, geochemical trapping of CO2 and upscaling data from pore to reservoir scales.