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Terrestrial LiDAR Survey in Support of Geological Interpretation

Tabook, Ahmed S.*1; Al Kindy, Mohammed 2; Quseimi, Issa S.1; Mawali, Afifa H.1
(1) Geomatics, Petroleum Development Oman, Muscat, Oman. (2) Study Centre, Petroleum Development Oman, Muscat, Oman.

Light Detection and Ranging is a well-known technique used by engineers and geoscientist for imaging of facilities and infrastructure. Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) Geomatics department has explored this technology as a tool to map the fascade of a mountain in a quite challenging terrain area to support geological modelling and studies.

The area of the survey is about 3km’s in length and is known to be on of the main areas of interest to geologists in trying to understand Natih formation which is one of PDO’s producing formations.

The outcome of this survey is divided in two folds. Firstly, to understand the distribution of fractures across folded rocks by acquiring a scan line through a highly curved section. Secondly, for teaching purposes for people who work closely with fracture modelling. It will also be good to be used as analogues for a number of fields that produce from the carbonate platform in north Oman.

The department has undertaken a series of steps to ensure that all HSE and operational requirements have been met and that the team is capable to undertake the project in a safe and efficient manner.

The study will demonstrate the applicability of Lidar technique in mapping rock types in support of geological interpretations.

 

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90141©2012, GEO-2012, 10th Middle East Geosciences Conference and Exhibition, 4-7 March 2012, Manama, Bahrain