Researchers and analysts working in oil and gas can use 3D image data and digital rock physics techniques to characterise rock samples. Using image data from modalities such as micro-CT and FIB-SEM to analyse rock properties can complement experimental testing and enables non-destructive evaluation. Given the complexity of rock image data, it’s important to have an integrated software toolkit for going from scan data through to simulation-ready models – our software at Simpleware has been developed to solve this challenge.
Digital rock physics workflows typically begin with the collection of volume images from scans, with images containing different material phases that can be segmented and used as the basis for analysing grain structure, porous networks and other characteristics. Scanning rock samples at different length scales also means that flow and transport properties can be simulated for very small porous networks.