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This article is based on
"Crain's Data Acquisition" by E.
R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng., first published in 2010. Updated
2015.
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LOG NORMALIZATION
BASICS
Log normalization is based on the concept that Maximum and
minimum log readings in a zone in an area should have the same log
reading. The assumption includes the fact that there no major geological reasons
for the values to vary across space.
Reasons for log normalization are numerous: poor tool
calibration, mislabeled scales, unconventional units of
measurement, mud weight, borehole size, temperature, rock
alteration, and many more.
Log normalization is the process of rescaling a log so that it
matches its neighbours, based on some logical reasoning. Rescaling
can involve an equal linear shift of the two scale endpoints, or a
"stretch" or "squeeze" of the data values between the two scale end
points or between two arbitrary log values.
Log normalization is most often applied to gamma
ray logs. Here we rescale the GR logs so that a particular
clean sand in all wells have the same GR value. Likewise, the key
shale zones in all wells have the same GR value. This makes
correlation of zones easier and helps the analyst to better
understand reservoir quality without additional calculations.
The technique is widely used for sonic, density, density porosity,
and neutron logs. In these cases, the equation is the same but the
MIN and MAX terms apply
to low and high log readings chosen in particular geological
horizons, for example in a low porosity and a shale interval.
Another approach is to run a statistical analysis over the same
geological interval in many wells, select the wells with similar
min, max, and median values as "key" wells, then shift the outlier
logs so that the median matches the key wells.
CAUTION: Normalization can remove natural geological
variations that may have significance in understanding the
reservoir variations across space. For example, if calcite
cement varies from place to place, normalization will remove
porosity trends that vary with cementation. Similarly, on a
GR log if feldspar content or clay type varies, this
knowledge will be lost.
LOG_NORM1  NORMALIZATION WITH CONSTANT OFFSET
The equation is:
1: XXXn = XXX + SHIFT
Where:
XXXn = normalized XXX log value
XXX = input XXX log curve value
SHIFT = value that moves the median curve value in this zone in
this well to the median value
of the key wells.
COMMENTS
This method is helpful when neutron log scale (Sandstone vs
Limestone) is unknown or ambiguous. Can be applied to any porosity
log or the logarithm of resistivity. Not recommended for GR or SP..
EXAMPLE
Median sonic log value over selected interval in Key wells is DTCavg
= 225 usec/m.
Median sonic log value over selected
interval in THIS well is DTCavg = 221 usec/m.
SHIFT = 225  221 = +4 usec/m.
DTCn = DTC + 4
LOG_NORM2  NORMALIZATION By STREtCH or SQUEEZE
The equation is:
1: XXXn = XXXMIN + (XXXMAX  XXXMIN) * (XXX 
XXXLOW)
/ (XXXHIGH  XXXLOW)
Where:
XXXn = normalized log value
XXX = input log curve value
XXXMIN = minimum XXX log value to normalize to
XXXMAX = maximum XXX log value to normalize to
XXXLOW = actual XXX log value in this zone in this well that corresponds
to XXXMIN
XXXHIGH = actual XXX log value in this zone in this well that corresponds
to XXXMAX
COMMENTS
This is the method most used for GR and SP curves but can be used
with care on any log curve.
EXAMPLE
Assume you want to rescale all GR logs so that all clean lines are
at 20 API units and all shale lines are at 120 API units. That makes
GRMIN = 20 API units, GRMAX = 120 API units for all wells
Assume GRLOW = GR0 = 30 API units, GRHIGH = GR100 = 155 API units in
THIS zone in this well.
Assume actual GR at a depth level = 55 API units
1: GRn = 20 + (120  20) * (55  30)
/ (155  30) = 40 API units
Red curve in Track 1 is normalized GR (GRn), black curve is
original gamma ray in a radioactive sand. Because uranium content is
nearly constant, we can rescale the total GR to a more useful shale
indicator by normalizing. Parameters used were GRMIN = 25, GRMAX =
275, GRLO = GR0 = 100, GRHIGH = GR100 = 350
(off scale but available from LAS file).
