Mathematical Geology

, Volume 26, Issue 8, pp 879–897 | Cite as

Expert systems for automated correlation and interpretation of wireline logs

  • Ricardo A. Olea


CORRELATOR is an interactive computer program for lithostratigraphic correlation of wireline logs able to store correlations in a data base with a consistency, accuracy, speed, and resolution that are difficult to obtain manually. The automatic determination of correlations is based on the maximization of a weighted correlation coefficient using two wireline logs per well. CORRELATOR has an expert system to scan and flag incongruous correlations in the data base. The user has the option to accept or disregard the advice offered by the system. The expert system represents knowledge through production rules. The inference system is goal-driven and uses backward chaining to scan through the rules. Work in progress is used to illustrate the potential that a second expert system with a similar architecture for interpreting dip diagrams could have to identify episodes—as those of interest in sequence stratigraphy and fault detection- and annotate them in the stratigraphic column. Several examples illustrate the presentation.

Key words

lithostratigraphy wireline log expert system 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ricardo A. Olea
    • 1
  1. 1.Kansas Geological SurveyLawrenceUSA

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