Solving multiphysics-based inverse problems with learned surrogates and constraints

TitleSolving multiphysics-based inverse problems with learned surrogates and constraints
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsZiyi Yin, Rafael Orozco, Mathias Louboutin, Felix J. Herrmann
JournalAdvanced Modeling and Simulation in Engineering Sciences
KeywordsAMSES, deep learning, Fourier neural operators, Inverse problems, learned constraints, learned surrogates, multiphysics, Normalizing flows

Solving multiphysics-based inverse problems for geological carbon storage monitoring can be challenging when multimodal time-lapse data are expensive to collect and costly to simulate numerically. We overcome these challenges by combining computationally cheap learned surrogates with learned constraints. Not only does this combination lead to vastly improved inversions for the important fluid-flow property, permeability, it also provides a natural platform for inverting multimodal data including well measurements and active-source time-lapse seismic data. By adding a learned constraint, we arrive at a computationally feasible inversion approach that remains accurate. This is accomplished by including a trained deep neural network, known as a normalizing flow, which forces the model iterates to remain in-distribution, thereby safeguarding the accuracy of trained Fourier neural operators that act as surrogates for the computationally expensive multiphase flow simulations involving partial differential equation solves. By means of carefully selected experiments, centered around the problem of geological carbon storage, we demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed constrained optimization method on two different data modalities, namely time-lapse well and time-lapse seismic data. While permeability inversions from both these two modalities have their pluses and minuses, their joint inversion benefits from either, yielding valuable superior permeability inversions and CO2 plume predictions near, and far away, from the monitoring wells.


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