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JPT - Need a Faster Measure of Relative Permeability? Take a CT Scan and Follow with Digital Rock Analysis

BP is working to push digital rock testing into the mainstream of conventional development.

The latest step in its decade-long journey was a deal with Exa, a software firm that partnered with BP to develop a program modeling two-phase flow in conventional reservoirs based on data from virtual 3D images of small samples of reservoir rock.

Compared with methods used by traditional core labs, this approach significantly reduces the time and cost required, and offers the processing software in a form that could help broaden the use of this disruptive technology.