Use of InSAR in Surveillance and Control of a Large Field Project

by Tadeusz W. Patzek, Dmitriy B. Silin
Year: 2000


​Patzek, T. W. and Silin, D. B., “Use of InSAR in Surveillance and Control of a Large Field Project,” Invited Paper No. 12, Presented at the 21st Annual International Energy Agency Workshop and Symposium, Edinburgh, Scotland, September 19-22, 2000.


and control system: satellite Synthetic Aperture Radar interferometry (InSAR) images of oil field surface. In particular, we analyze five differential InSAR images of the Belridge Diatomite field, CA, between 11/98 and 12/99. The images have been reprocessed and normalized to obtain the ground surface displacement rate. In return, we have been able to calculate pixel-by-pixel the net subsidence of ground surface over the entire field area. The calculated annual subsidence volume of 19 million barrels is thought to be close to the subsidence at the top of the diatomite. We have also compared the 1999 rate of surface displacement from the satellite images with the surface monument triangulations between 1942 and 1997. We have found that the maximum rate of surface subsidence was –0.8 ft/year in 1988-97, and –1 ft/year in 1998-99, respectively. The respective maximum rates of uplift of the field fringes also increased from 0.1 ft/year to 0.24 ft/year. In 1999, the observed subsidence rate exceeded three-fold the annual volumetric deficit of fluid injection for the entire field.