The overburden is an essential part of the petroleum system. It provides the reservoir seal and host a significant part of the production facilities, and reservoir depletion might trigger severe deformations in the overburden compromising both seal and infrastructure integrity. In addition, the initial in-situ conditions in the reservoir (geo-stresses, pore pressure, fractures etc.) are result of the weight of the overlaying sediments. However, since the dawn of the O&G Industry, the main focus of the predictive, modelling and data acquisition efforts was the reservoir, thus, there is a massive lack of data (core samples, logs etc.) and significant gaps in our understanding of the medium and its reaction to our E&P activities.


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