SAFARI - Sedimentary Architecture of Field Analogues for Reservoir Information

The original SAFARI project was undertaken between 1989 and 1994 by a consortium of Norwegian oil companies (Statoil, Norsk Hydro, Saga Petroleum) and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD). This was one of the first projects to collect quantitative analogue data for reservoir modelling purposes, and resulted in a dataset of quantified heterogeneity data, as well as photos and text, from 13 different field analogues (outcrops) and 201 cross sections covering four depositional environments. However at that time, there was no proper database structure in which the data could be stored.

Around 2004 the SAFARI data were donated to the FORCE Sed/Strat group with the goal of building a digital database for outcrop data. The FORCE Sed/Strat group then took the initiative to enhance the database with new information collected using modern digital outcrop techniques. The Virtual Outcrop Group at Uni Research CIPR in Bergen joined the project in 2007. The Sed/Strat Group decided that this new project should be called SAFARI after the original pioneering work.


Phase 1 of the SAFARI project was initially supported by 25 sponsors and the Norwegian Research Councils Petromax program. Phase 1 ran from 2009 until 2012. 

Phase 2 of the SAFARI project is funded by 18 companies and started in 2011. The project was wrapped up in autumn 2014 and officially closed in March 2015.


SAFARI Phase 1 


Modernisation of original SAFARI data and addition of new data collected using novel virtual outcrop techniques.


1. Generate standards for outcrop data 

2. Build a database structure within the LicenseWeb system and populate the database with the original Safari project, old projects from the VOG group and new data acquired using heli-lidar


SAFARI Phase 2


Development a fully searchable web based repository of geological outcrop data, for clastic sedimentary systems.


1. Building a web based query tool which will allow outcrop data to be searched   directly over the internet. The web interface will also allow the upload of new datasets as they become available. The web interface will also include a full overview of the outcrop standards, guidelines to facies interpretation and modelling and virtual outcrops. 

2. A global study of geometric data and facies occurrence from modern systems, using publicly-available remote sensing data. 

3. Populate the database with outcrop data made available by sponsors and partners.


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