Geostatistics include a number of methods and techniques to analyze the variability of spatially distributed or spatially structured regionalized variables . The techniques, developed by Krige  and Matheron  to evaluate orebody, have been disseminated out into many other fields, utilising spatial data. Its diverse disciplines include petroleum geology , hydrogeology , hydrology , meteorology , oceanography , geochemistry , metallurgy , geography [11,12], forestry , environmental control , landscape ecology , soil science and agriculture [16, 17]. In petroleum industries, geostatistics is successfully applied to characterize petroleum reservoirs based on interpretations from sparse data located in space, such as reservoir thickness, porosity, permeability and seismic data [18,19,20]. The basic steps of a geostatistical analysis consist of creating an experimental semivariogram, fitting a model to the experimental semivariogram and using the information from this to carry out the kriging. Analyzing the spatial continuity or roughness of a geospatial data in different directions and tolerances, called semivariogram analysis, is time-consuming. Furthermore, performing the cross-validation to the semivariogram model and inputting test parameters of every model in various directions and tolerance angles requires a computer program, since it is almost impossible to manually perform these analyses which require a large number of numerical calculations. Many computer programs have been developed including Geo-EAS , GSLIB , Variowin , GSTAT , S-GeMS , etc . When the most of the commercially available programs assessed, it was notified that some of those programs are not providing an opportunity to fit some of the model semivariograms and/or to present outputs of some stages of the analysis and also especially semivariogram analysis for different directions or anisotropy might take a lot of time. Some software which is public domain such as Geo-EAS , runs under MS-DOS platform. Those ones are not up-to-date for running on Windows platforms. Although they are useful in research and education, their potential application is limited as they are not suitable for Windows. Besides, most programs (e. g., Geo-EAS , GSLIB , Variowin ) do not allow to analyze 3D data and contain the very limited number of theoretical semivariogram models. In this context, Geo-EAS  contains only four different theoretical semivariogram models. Furthermore, indicator- and log-kriging is occasionally needed in the spatial data analysis; most of the freely available programs have no tools to do such analysis. More importantly, just a few of programs allow the user to estimate values for a convex or concave polygon area, although required in reserve estimation in the mining sector. All those shortcomings constrain analysis of spatial dependence structure of data and may present challenges in teaching as well. In this context, a program is necessary to provide useful outputs to the practitioners as well as instructors who are engaged in the numerical calculations.
The objectives of this study were twofold: a) To develop a user-friendly public domain software for performing geostatistical analysis in geosciences, b) To apply the software to an oil field discipline for modelling porosity and its spatial distribution.
2 Basics of Geostatistical Estimations
In any geostatistical analysis, there are two major steps: a) Semivariogram analysis, b) Kriging estimation and mapping. More generally, that can be divided into four steps to complete fully geostatistical analysis and mapping of regionalized variables [26,27,28]:
i. Determining an appropriate theoretical semivariogram models, used to fit experimental semivariogram and possible anisotropy, ii. Performing validation methods to the semivariogram model,
iii. Generating kriging estimates and errors of estimates, i.e. kriging errors, for a point, zone or volume by kriging interpolation techniques,
iv. Mapping the spatial distributions of the kriging estimates and kriging errors (Fig. 1).
2.1 Semivariogram Analyses
The semivariogram is a plot of semivariances as a function of distances between the observations, and is denoted by γ(h) [32,33,34]. In order to plot experimental semivariogram, firstly, N(N-1)/2 pairs of combinations are formed from the N observations [22, 26], and Euclidean distances (h) and direction angle (α) between pairs are calculated by the following equations .
where uiand uj are observation locations; xi, yi, zi are easting, northing and elevation, respectively.
Secondly, observation pairs are classified in different direction angles, distance conditions and the semivariance between them is calculated with the help of Eq. (3). Finally, the semivariance values calculated for each distance (h) are plotted and an experimental semivariogram is obtained  as shown in Fig. 2a.
where zis an observed value at a particular location, his the distance between ordered data, and N(h) is the number of paired data at a distance of h .
Before using experimental semivariogram in the kriging estimation process, the most appropriate theoretical model representing the experimental semivariogram needs to be determined. Commonly used theoretical models are presented in Fig. 2(b-h) [21, 26]. C0; C1 and C are the nugget (unaccountable) and stochastic (accountable) variance; sill value , respectively; and a is the range of influence .
In JeoStat, data is assumed to be stationary, i.e. there is no trend in the data. If that data is not stationary, trend needs to be removed using following trend surface analysis . Subsequently, detrended data can be easily analysed by JeoStat program.
One of the commonly used methods to verify the validity of the selected semivariogram models and their parameters is ‘jack-knifing’ cross-validation [37, 38]. The technique compares estimated and observed values at the geographical locations. The sample value at a particular location is discarded intentionally from the sample data set, and the value at the same location is estimated using the remaining dataset, adopted semivariogram and estimated parameters . The process, therefore, provides an observed and estimated value for each data location (i). The estimated value can then be compared to the observed value. To this end, reduced variable (RE), mean reduced error (MRE) and reduced variance (RVAR) are calculated using the equations [17, 40]
where Z*i, Zi, σOKi are estimated and observed values, kriging standard deviation or kriging error, respectively. Jeo-Stat program employs ‘jack-knifing’ cross-validation technique for validating postulated theoretical semivariogram and adopted parameters.
2.3 Ordinary Kriging Interpolation
The adopted theoretical semivariogram and its parameters can be used interactively in the Jeostat program to estimate unknown values at unsampled locations as well as to quantify various features of the regionalized variable. Kriging, which serves this purpose, is used as a best linear unbiased estimator (BLUE) [14, 41, 42]. Simple, ordinary and block interpolation are the most common estimation techniques. However as the true value of the population is usually unknown ordinary and block kriging techniques [17, 35, 36] are adopted in this study to ensure an unbiased estimated value. If the kriging estimator is used to estimate a value at a particular location uo or an average value in an area (block) or volume (V) centred at uo, the estimate (Z*V) for a continuous variable  can be given in a general form:
Since this estimate of Z*(u0) gives the value at a location of uo for the numerical function of Z(u), the estimation given in Eq. (5) can be expressed in a discrete form as the linear sum of the observed values with the Eq. (6) .
where Zv*, Z(ui), λi are estimated value at u0, a value of the observations to be used in the estimation of point u0, sample weighting factor. In order to get an unbiased estimate with the minimum variance , Lagrangian Multiplier method  is applied and kriging equation set is obtained as in Eq. (6).
where γ (ui, uj), γ(ui, u0), stand for semivariance between ui and Uj observation locations, observation location uiand the location to be estimated (uo); μ Lagrangian Multiplier. Following , the kriging system of Eq. (7) will take the following matrix form:
The variance of the estimate can be calculated by employing Eq. (11).
where BT stands for transpose of vector B. Equations from 6 to 11 are used for point kriging estimation. If block kriging is applied, semivariance terms of γ(ui, u0) and γ(u0, u0) should be substituted for γ(ui, V) and γ(V, V), respectively, in order to ensure areal or volume estimates.
3 Details of JeoStat
Semivariogram analysis techniques and kriging estimation equations are implemented in the JeoStat software using Visual Basic language. JeoStat main application form includes six tab screens. These tabs are, in order;
- -Importing data,
- -Statistical analysis,
- -Semivariogram modeling,
- -Cross-validation test,
- -Kriging estimates and variances,
- -Visualization of the outputs.
JeoStat’s general flowchart is shown in Fig. 3, and analysis details are described in the following sections.
3.1 Preparing and Importing Data
The JeoStat file format is aimed to be as simple as possible. The data file is an ASCI file with headers lines followed by the data, which is tab or comma delimited. As shown in Fig. 4, the first header line is a title. The second line should be a numerical value specifying the number of numerical variables in the data file. The next lines contain character identification labels. The following lines are considered as data points and must have numerical values per line. Declaring variable sized array in JeoStat is programmed by using a method called “Dynamic Array Allocation”, which allows the program to analyze any size data set, up to limit of a user’s machine memory.
Once the data file has been prepared, it can be loaded by clicking the “Input File” button. On the second stage, a user should select and define variables required for the statistical analysis which are UTM coordinate columns (X (easting), Y (northing) and elevation), variable label and dimension of analysis, as well as transformation options from the combo box components. Once the variables have been declared, preliminary information such as a number of pairs, maximum and minimum values on tab screen is obtained by clicking “Read Data”. If the user will perform an analysis based on an indicator or logarithmic transformation [26, 30, 41], the values of cut-off or log option must be entered in required text boxes (Fig. 5). When the user selects “Three Dimensional” option from Combo Box, parameters regarding three-dimensional analyses will be activated automatically on the other tabs’ screen. Additionally, there is a text box under the file menu of the screen where the user can enter the path and name of the output file, which will be saved to the hard drive with various file extensions such as “stat” for statistical analysis results, “var” for semivariogram analysis results, 11res” for cross validation results and “grd” for kriging results file.
3.2 Statistical Analysis
Descriptive statistics are used to describe the basic features of the data in a geostatistical study. To this end, Jeo-Stat offers various descriptive statistics  such as variance, standard deviation, median, mean, skewness, kurtosis, coefficient of variation, minimum and maximum values (Fig. 6). Additionally, histogram and post plots of the spatial data can be displayed easily on the screen (Fig. 7). Visual Basic Picture Box objects displaying graphics were digitized during the program development process so the user easily observe the abscissa and ordinate values of the graphics by moving mouse, also all the graphics can be saved to the hard drive.
3.3 Semivariogram Analysis
The tab of the window frame contains text boxes for parameters required modelling the experimental semivariogram, such as direction, tolerance angles, number of lag and lag distance. After the parameters have been entered and “Calculate experimental semivariogram” button clicked, the experimental semivariogram graphic for the selected parameters can be monitored in the picture box labelled “selected”. This means that the user can select whatever direction and tolerance angle he wants. In addition, there are also predefined direction and tolerance angles such as 0°-22.5°. By clicking “Calculate specify particular direction” button, experimental semivariogram graphics for the predefined direction and tolerance angles of 0°-90°, 0°-22.5°, 45°-22.5°, 90°-22.5° and 135°-22.5° can be easily monitored on the other picture boxes, for anisotropy or for computation of experimental semivariograms for different directions (Fig. 8). The obtained experimental semivariogram graphics can be customized by activating “show number of pairs” and “draw a line between pairs” checkboxes.
It is important to highlight that JeoStat includes the commonly used theoretical semivariograms models given in Fig. 2. These are spherical, gaussian, exponential, linear, generalized linear, hole effect and paddington mix. Once a set of experimental semivariogram is computed, one of the theoretical semivariogram models is chosen from a combo box. Subsequently, the model’s parameters can be modified either by mouse events on the graphics or by entering a plausible value to the textboxes by hand or clicking the scroll bar for easily and quickly fitting. Alternatively, theoretical model parameters can be entered by clicking a mouse on the semivariogram screen. The program employs two types of testing techniques for validating the model semivariogram. One of the testing methods is “Cressie goodness-of-fit” model , in which testing result is presented to the user in a text box on this tab screen for the prior knowledge of the user. The other testing method, cross validation, can be performed on the other tab screen of the JeoStat.
The numerical results of the experimental and theoretical semivariogram models computed in this tab are saved on a file with “var” extension and, if desired, the user can use these results to draw semivariogram graphics on another program, such as Microsoft Excel. All the graphics from this screen might be saved to hard drive as an image file “jpg”.
3.4 Cross Validation Test
This program utilizes Eq. (4) to validate theoretical semivariogram model. For this purpose, JeoStat automatically imports necessary semivariogram parameters – determined preliminarily by using “Cressie goodness-of-fit” in section 3.3-from the previous tab screen without needing to enter manually into the text boxes. However, if users need to, these parameters can be entered manually as well. During the test, after entering the model and search ellipse parameters into the relevant text boxes and clicking “Cross Validation” button, the user can be monitored the test results and graphics on the screen (Fig. 9).
The numerical results of the cross-validation are saved on a file with “res” extension. For example, the numerical results were automatically saved as “Porosity.res” in this study, The user can use these results to draw a scatter plot on another program. All the graphics from this screen can be saved to hard drive by mouse click events.
3.5 Kriging Interpolation
Point or block estimations can be computed on this tab screen by using Ordinary Kriging interpolation technique given in Eqs. (6-11). For this, firstly, the grids are defined for the region that the estimation will be performed on and then these grids estimates are performed using theoretical semivariogram functions determined on the previous screen.
At this stage of the JeoStat, the user defines the grid dimensions by entering the number of grids and grid distance on the text boxes to divide the prediction region into two or three-dimensional grids. The number of grids and grid size are user dependent. JeoStat allows the user to perform estimation for the whole rectangular region or only for the specified irregular or regular polygonal region. If the user performs the Ordinary Kriging estimations on grids located in a certain polygon, firstly the checkbox must be checked to load convex or concave polygon dataset (Fig. 10). After the grid has been defined, the user can enter the parameters for the search ellipse or required kriging from the screen as seen in Fig. 11.
The numerical results of kriging estimations and estimation errors (kriging standard deviation) in this tab screen are saved with a “grd” extension file and, if needed, the results can be plotted with another program. Additionally, “Grid Node Editor” helps the user to see kriged estimates or kriging errors values through moving the mouse (Fig. 11).
3.6 Visualization of the Outputs
A Contouring Subroutine (Conrec) developed by Bourke  and JCBLOK developed by Carr and Mela  were integrated into JeoStat to enable contouring and visualization of estimation results. To do contouring of kriging estimates (Eq. 6) and estimation errors (kriging standard deviation) (Eq. 8) in JeoStat, a user only need to enter the data surface and the contour levels want to draw. The contour maps are presented to the user as fully digitized in JeoStat. As such, by using a mouse, the numerical values (easting, nothing, kriging estimates and estimation errors) of any point value in the map can be viewed on the text boxes (Fig. 11).
4 Case Study
In this case study, we applied the geostatistical modelling to analyze an example oil field porosity data, available as a JeoStat’s sample data file. In order to identify variance structure of porosity measurements, experimental semivariance values in different directions and distances were calculated using Eqs. (1-3) and JeoStat. Resulting semivariograms were plotted (Fig. 8, Fig. 12). The experimental semivariogram exhibited a parabolic behaviour around the origin and reached its sill value asymptotically, indicating that a Gaussian model (Fig. 1e) would show a good fit (Fig 12a). Data set was used in GeoEAS  and Variowin  to check Jeostat program results of experimental semivariograms. It was observed that JeoStat semivariances are exactly the same with those ones, indicating that mathematical algorithms in JeoStat are correct.
Jack-knifing cross-validation procedure was carried out to check if theoretical semivariogram models were well fitted to the data. Fig. 7 summarizes cross-validation results. In this method, the data were one by one removed from the 96 actual values and estimated from the remaining 95 data by means of the Ordinary Kriging technique. In the estimations, at most 16 and at least 2 observation values falling under the kriging search dimension were used. MRE and RVAR were calculated based on Eq. (4). In order to carry out an impartial estimation according to Clark and Harper , the variance of the reduced errors (RVAR) is expected to be “1” or within 1 ± 2
With the definition of the correlation functions depending on the distances of the variable of porosity value, it is now possible to estimate how these variables are distributed along the reservoir. For this purpose, at first oil field boundaries (Polygonal area in Fig. 10 and Fig. 13) were defined as a polygon area with known coordinates, as presented in Fig. 13. Then, the study area with the UTM coordinates of 254500 − 256000 (east-west), 4224650 − 4226150 (north-south) was divided into a total of 6400 blocks with the dimensions 18.75 m × 18.75 m. The average porosity value of each block was estimated via the ordinary block kriging method (Eq. 7, Fig. 11) to get table data. Porosity contour map (Fig. 13) was generated by using table data.
The user can get estimated values at any grid-cell by moving a mouse on the screen. Thus, kriged estimates and kriging errors of the cell, as well as coordinates, are shown on the label. For example, as seen in Fig. 13, the cursor was located on the u(255226.5, 4225591) coordinate; at this point, kriged porosity is 25.83 and kriging error is 0.87. It must be highlighted that of JeoStat is not a contouring program. Therefore, it was not aimed at assigning values to the contour lines in Figure 13. Contrary to this, JeoStat provides an advantage to the user for visual inspection of the map by using “Grid Node Editor”. This trait of the program is important for detecting errors in the data or getting estimated values for grids. Furthermore, kriging error values lead us to make a decision on the efficiency of sampling used in mapping.
The user of JeoStat can also export kriged estimates, located in the polygonal area presented in Figure 13, as *.txt file. This file may be used in complex contouring programs such as Golden Software  or any GIS software to generate cartographic maps. Then, elegant maps as shown in Figure 14 might be produced in other platforms without carrying out further geostatistical analysis.
In this study, a program, namely, JeoStat for the spatial analysis has been developed by using a Visual Basic program. Capabilities of the JeoStat program have been described trough utilizing the sample data set of the porosity. The program is able to compute through all the main steps of the basic geostatistical analysis, including semivariogram modelling, cross-validation and ordinary block kriging. Furthermore, the same data set was used in another commercial and public domain programs to compare the validity of JeoStat results. Comparisons of JeoStat program outputs with the outputs of other programs lead us to conclude that JeoStat was able to produce dependable results. Because of its true and dependable outputs plus easy accessibility via the internet, JeoStat is readily available to students, researchers, consultants and corporations of any size. As such, this program has been used by the authors in teaching activities for 3 years and it has been observed that the students can easily understand the courses’ theoretical background when they play with their own data by using such freely available software. It also helps students to comprehend how spatial data might be evaluated with the aid of a computer. Students also attain concept of computer-aided valuation and learn commercial software easily in further advanced courses.
The authors would like to thank Dr. Mahmut Cetin (Cukurova University, Department of Irrigation Engineering) for reading the manuscript, making some corrections and his valuable suggestions.
JeoStat software package, source codes and sample data files are available at http://www.jeostat.com/JeoStat_2017.0.rar
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