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See detailImaging artificial salt water infiltration using electrical resistivity tomography constrained by geostatistical data
Hermans, Thomas ULg; Vandenbohede, Alexander; Lebbe, Luc et al

in Journal of Hydrology (2012), 438-439

Electrical resistivity tomography is a well-known technique to monitor fresh-salt water transitions. In such environments, boreholes are often used to validate geophysical results but rarely used to ... [more ▼]

Electrical resistivity tomography is a well-known technique to monitor fresh-salt water transitions. In such environments, boreholes are often used to validate geophysical results but rarely used to constrain the geoelectrical inversion. To estimate the extent of salt water infiltration in the dune area of a Natural Reserve (Westhoek, Belgium), electrical resistivity tomography profiles were carried out together with borehole electromagnetic measurements. The latter were used to calculate a vertical variogram, representative of the study site. Then, a geostatistical constraint, in the form of an a priori model covariance matrix based on the variogram, was imposed as regularization to solve the electrical inverse problem. Inversion results enabled to determine the extension of the salt water plume laterally and at depth, but also to estimate the total dissolved solid content within the plume. These results are in agreement with the hydrogeological data of the site. A comparison with borehole data showed that the inversion results with geostatistical constraints are much more representative of the seawater body (in terms of total dissolved solids, extension and height) than results using standard smoothness-constrained inversion. The field results obtained for the Westhoek site emphasize the need to go beyond standard smoothness-constrained images and to use available borehole data as prior information to constrain the inversion. [less ▲]

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See detailA shallow geothermal experiment in a sandy aquifer monitored using electric resistivity tomography
Hermans, Thomas ULg; Vandenbohede, Alexander; Lebbe, Luc et al

in Geophysics (2012), 77(1), 11-21

Groundwater resources are increasingly used around the world for geothermal exploitation systems. To monitor such systems and to estimate their governing parameters, we rely mainly on borehole ... [more ▼]

Groundwater resources are increasingly used around the world for geothermal exploitation systems. To monitor such systems and to estimate their governing parameters, we rely mainly on borehole observations of the temperature field at a few locations. Bulk electrical resistivity variations can bring important information on temperature changes in aquifers. In this paper, we demonstrate the ability of surface electrical resistivity tomography to monitor spatially temperature variations in a sandy aquifer during a thermal injection test. Heated water (48°C) was injected for 70 hours at the rate of 87 l/h in a 10.5°C aquifer. Temperature changes derived from time-lapse electrical images are in agreement with laboratory water electrical conductivity-temperature measurements. In parallel, a coupled hydrogeological saturated flow and heat transport model was calibrated on geophysical data for the conceptual model, and on hydrogeological and temperature data for the parameters. The resistivity images showed an upper flow of heated water along the well above the injection screens and lead to a new conceptualization of the hydrogeological source term. The comparison between the temperature models derived from resistivity images and from the simulations is satisfactory. Quantitatively, resistivity changes allowed estimating temperature changes within the aquifer, and qualitatively, the heated plume evolution was successfully monitored. This work demonstrates the ability of electrical resistivity tomography to study heat and storage experiments in shallow aquifers. These results could potentially lead to a number of practical applications, such as the monitoring or the design of shallow geothermal systems. [less ▲]

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See detailShallow heat injection and storage experiment monitored with electrical resistivity tomography and simulated with heat transport model
Hermans, Thomas ULg; Daoudi, Moubarak ULg; Vandenbohede, Alexander et al

Poster (2011, December 06)

Groundwater resources are increasingly used around the world as geothermal systems. Understanding physical processes and quantification of parameters determining heat transport in porous media is ... [more ▼]

Groundwater resources are increasingly used around the world as geothermal systems. Understanding physical processes and quantification of parameters determining heat transport in porous media is therefore important. To monitor the geothermal behavior of groundwater systems and to estimate the governing parameters, we rely mainly on borehole observations of the temperature field at a few locations (temperature logs or thermal response test). In analogy to research in hydrogeophysics, geophysical methods may be useful in order to yield additional information for thermal properties estimation with greater coverage than conventional wells. We report a heat transport study during a shallow heat injection and storage field test. Heated water (about 50°C) was injected for 6 days at the rate of 80 l/h in 10.5°C aquifer. Since bulk electrical resistivity variations can bring important information on temperature changes in aquifers (water electrical conductivity increases about 2%/°C around 25°C), we monitored the test with surface electrical resistivity tomography and demonstrate its ability to monitor spatially temperature variations. Time-lapse electrical image clearly show the decrease and then the increase in bulk electrical resistivity of the plume of heated water, during respectively the injection and the storage phase. This information enabled to calibrate the conceptual flow and heat model used to simulate the test (using SEAWAT). Inverted resistivity values are validated with borehole electromagnetic measurements (EM39) and are in agreement with the temperature logs used to calibrate the parameters of the thermo-hydrogeological model. This field work demonstrates that surface electrical resistivity tomography can monitor heat and storage experiments in shallow aquifers. These results could potentially lead to a number of practical applications, such as the monitoring or the design of shallow geothermal systems. Moreover, sensitivity analyses and collinear diagnostic were used to assess the pertinence of the flow and heat model parameters. The most sensitive parameter is the conductivity of the solid followed by the porosity, heat capacity of the solid and the longitudinal dispersivity. This indicates the predominance of conductive transport during the storage phase over the convective transport during the injection phase. These values rely only on temperature logs and more parameters could be derived or more robust values could be achieved with the use of geophysical data in a coupled inversion scheme. [less ▲]

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See detailShallow heat injection and storage experiment : heat transport simulation and sensitivity analysis.
Vandenbohede, Alexander; Hermans, Thomas ULg; Nguyen, Frédéric ULg et al

in Journal of Hydrology (2011), 409(1-2), 262-272

Interest in heat transport in porous media has increased because of its many applications such use as tracer or in geotechnical engineering solutions. Understanding of the physical processes and ... [more ▼]

Interest in heat transport in porous media has increased because of its many applications such use as tracer or in geotechnical engineering solutions. Understanding of the physical processes and parameters determining heat transport is therefore important. In this paper, heat transport is studied during a shallow heat injection and storage field test. The test is simulated using SEAWAT. Sensitivity analyses and collinear diagnostics are used to derive which parameters can be derived from the test and how reliable these values are. Heat transport during the test is compared with heat transport in the surficial zone at the same field site to compare parameter values. The most sensitive parameter is the thermal conductivity of the solid followed by the porosity, heat capacity of the solid and the longitudinal dispersivity. This indicates the predominance of conductive transport during the storage phase over the convective transport during the injection phase. Whereas heat transport in the surficial zone is insensitive to the longitudinal dispersivity, this parameter must be included to simulate the field test. This indicates that dispersivity can not be ignored simulating convective heat transport in aquifers. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing geostatistical constraints in electrical imaging for improved reservoir characterization
Martin, Roland; Kemna, Andreas; Hermans, Thomas ULg et al

Conference (2010, December 14)

Developing predictive models of reservoirs is often complicated by the spatial heterogeneities and the different scales which control flow and transport processes. In numerous studies over the past two ... [more ▼]

Developing predictive models of reservoirs is often complicated by the spatial heterogeneities and the different scales which control flow and transport processes. In numerous studies over the past two decades, geophysical imaging techniques have proved very useful for reservoir characterization. However, the loss of resolution and the non-uniqueness of standard solutions to inverse problems strongly limit the use of such deterministic imaging approaches. On the other hand, the use of common geostatistical approaches for reservoir characterization, for instance from logging information, may be a difficult task, since accurate variogram information is difficult to obtain (dense sampling in the vertical and lateral directions), and also because a high number of conditioned simulations is needed to remove statistical bias. Combining the high spatial sampling of deterministic geophysical imaging methods with geostatistical constraints, valid in the whole image plane, appears as a very promising approach to enhance reservoir characterization. To do so, we use a parameterized model covariance matrix based on standard variogram functions and a prior model as regularization operator in the inversion of electrical resistance data. This way of including additional data is not restricted to electrical data but the variogram parameters may be also inferred from for example available textural or lithological information. The benefit of the presented approach is twofold: (i) It honors the spatial statistics of the reservoir and (ii) it alters the posterior model by further reducing model ambiguity inherent to the inversion compared to classical (smooth model) regularization. The proof of concept is given by synthetic studies carried out on random fields from Gauss simulations with varying (an)isotropic scale lengths using different model (co)variogram functions. We also demonstrate the approach on electrical field data combined with borehole electromagnetic data from two artificial sea inlets in the nature reserve "The Westhoek" near the French-Belgian border. The electromagnetic logs were used to calculate an experimental vertical variogram characteristic of the study site. The results enabled to determine the extension of the salt water plume laterally, and significantly enhance its extension in depth, but also in terms of total dissolved solid content. These observations are in agreement with the hydrogeological situation at the site. A comparison with borehole data shows that the results are much more plausible than results obtained with a traditional smoothness constraint used as regularization operator. In conclusion, the incorporation of geostatistical information, vertical variograms in our case, in the inverse process improves imaging capabilities for reservoir characterization significantly. [less ▲]

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See detailSUIVI D'UN TEST GEOTHERMIQUE PEU PROFOND DANS UN AQUIFERE SABLEUX PAR TOMOGRAPHIE DE RESISTIVITE ELECTRIQUE : ETUDE DE FAISABILITE
Hermans, Thomas ULg; Vandenbohede, Alexander; Nguyen, Frédéric ULg et al

in Bulletin du groupe francophone d'humidimétrie et transferts en milieux poreux (2010, November 24), 56(Novembre 2010), 21-26

A shallow thermal test was monitored with electrical resistivity tomography (ERT). Heated water (48°C) was injected in a sandy aquifer (10°C). Laboratory measurements indicated a change of 2.1 %/°C of ... [more ▼]

A shallow thermal test was monitored with electrical resistivity tomography (ERT). Heated water (48°C) was injected in a sandy aquifer (10°C). Laboratory measurements indicated a change of 2.1 %/°C of water electrical conductivity for injection water. Due to this change, the plume of heated water was detected by geophysical imaging. In parallel, a hydrogeological flow and heat transport model was calibrated. Geophysics brought important information to calibrate this model and to show the heat exchange through the unsaturated zone. The comparison of the two models shows that ERT was able to retrieve the position and the temperature of the plume. However, a distortion occurs due to the smoothing of the solution during the regularized inversion process. This work demonstrates the ability of ERT to help quantifying parameters governing heat transport in the subsurface non-invasively and therefore studying and designing heat and storage experiments for shallow reservoirs. [less ▲]

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See detailMonitoring a shallow geothermal experiment in a sandy aquifer using electrical resistivity tomography: a feasibility study
Hermans, Thomas ULg; Vandenbohede, Alexander; Nguyen, Frédéric ULg et al

Poster (2010, May 06)

Geothermal resources, especially groundwater resources, are increasingly used around the world. It is therefore necessary to improve the characterisation of thermal parameters of the aquifers. This is ... [more ▼]

Geothermal resources, especially groundwater resources, are increasingly used around the world. It is therefore necessary to improve the characterisation of thermal parameters of the aquifers. This is done mostly with thermal response tests. In this work, we monitored with electrical resistivity tomography a geothermal test on the campus of Ghent University (Belgium). We injected warm water (45°C) into a sandy aquifer where the groundwater has a temperature of 10°C at a rate of 100 liter/hour during three days. Laboratory measurements indicated that we could expect at most a change of 2%/°C of the water electrical conductivity. The time-lapse series of electrical images show clearly the thermal plume corresponding to the injected water with a maximum change of minus 20% after 72 hours of injection. A comparison with a geothermal model shows that the anomaly is well detected but also distorded due to the inversion regularization (smoothness constraint). ERT enabled to follow the evolution of the injected heated water with more spatial coverage that traditionnal techniques. ERT is thus an interesting tool to monitor the exploitation of geothermal resources. In the future, it will be necessary to improve the inversion process to use quantitavely such results in a calibration process. [less ▲]

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