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SEP-129 (2007)


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3D plane-wave migration in tilted coordinates

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Shan G., Clapp R., and Biondi B.

We develop 3D plane-wave migration in tilted coordinates for anisotropic media. We transform the recorded surface data to plane-wave data by slant-stack processing. Both the source plane-wave and its corresponding slant-stacked data are extrapolated into the subsurface within a tilted coordinates system whose direction depends on the propagation direction of the plane-wave. Images are generated by cross-correlating these two wavefields. A real dataset from Gulf of Mexico shows that this technique can image steeply dipping salt flanks and faults, even though the one-way wave equation operator is used for the wavefield extrapolation.

Prestack depth migration in elliptic coordinates

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Shragge J. and Shan G.

We extend Riemannian wavefield extrapolation (RWE) to prestack migration using 2D elliptic coordinate systems. The corresponding 2D elliptic extrapolation wavenumber introduces only a slowness model stretch to the single-square-root operator, enabling the use of existing Cartesian implicit finite-difference extrapolators for propagating wavefields. A zero-offset migration example illustrates the advantages of elliptic coordinates in imaging overturning wavefields. Imaging tests of the SMAART JV Pluto 1.5 and BP velocity benchmark data sets illustrate that the RWE migration algorithm generates high-quality prestack migration images equal to, or better than, the corresponding Cartesian coordinate systems. We still require higher-order extrapolators for accurate propagation and imaging using one-way wave equations, even in situations where RWE geometries are employed.

A tutorial on optimizing time domain finite-difference schemes: "Beyond Holberg"

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Etgen J. T.

Time-domain finite-difference solutions to the wave equation are a standard method for modeling seismic wave propagation, but they see limited use in data processing because they are expensive to compute. Given the resurgence of interest in reverse-time migration, anything that improves the performance and accuracy of the finite-difference method may be worthwhile. Additionally, the design problem for optimal finite-difference operators is a "simple and approachable" problem for teaching non-linear least squares. The standard solution for improving the finite-difference method is to use long spatial difference operators. However, there are computational reasons why it might be preferable to use spatially compact stencils, assuming they can be made accurate enough.

Two-way vs. one-way

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Valenciano A. A.

The one-way wave-equation approximation has a big impact on migration, modeling, and wave-equation inversion. That is why Amplitude vs. subsurface-offset (AVO), and amplitude vs. reflection angle (AVA) responses of the migration of a two-way and a one-way modeled datasets show different illumination patterns. Deconvolution by the one-way wave-equation Hessian can be use to account for the illumination problem. But the approximations used to compute the Hessian have an impact on how effectively the medium AVO and AVA is recover by the inversion.

Optimized implicit finite-difference migration for TTI media: A 2D synthetic dataset

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Shan G.

I review optimized implicit finite-difference migration for tilted TI media. The implicit finite-difference scheme is designed by fitting the dispersion relation with rational functions using least-squares optimization. I apply the method to a synthetic dataset. The result shows that the algorithm can handle laterally varying tilted TI media.


Target-oriented wave-equation inversion: Sigsbee model

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Valenciano A. A.

A complex velocity model can cause shadow zones in an image computed by migration due to poor illumination. These shadow zones may contain weak signals masked by artifacts. To reduce artifacts and recover the real signal, a target-oriented wave-equation inversion scheme can be developed that uses an explicitly computed least squares inversion Hessian. To solve the otherwise ill-conditioned inversion problem a model regularization needs to be added. One choice for regularization is to use the customary damping in the image space, another is to penalize the energy in the image not focused at zero subsurface-offset. To apply the second, the subsurface-offset Hessian needs to be computed by using the adjoint of migration as the modeling operator. Results on Sigsbee model show encouraging results.

Non-stationary interpolation in the f-x domain

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Curry W.

Interpolation of seismic data has previously been performed using non-stationary prediction-error filters in the t-x domain. This methodology is applied in the f-x domain, and is tested on synthetic data as well as 3D pre-stack marine data in various domains. Benefits include a reduced memory footprint and computational cost, which leads to the ability to interpolate in higher dimensions than with t-x domain interpolation. However, one severe drawback is the assumption of stationarity in time.

Interpolation with pseudo-primaries: revisited

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Curry W.

Large gaps may exist in marine data at near offsets. I generate pseudo-primaries by auto-correlating data containing both primary and multiple reflections. These pseudo-primaries are used as training data for a non-stationary prediction-error filter, which is then used to interpolate the missing near offsets. This method yields good results using filters in the t-x domain, whereas f-x domain filters do not fare well at eliminating the crosstalk in the pseudo-primaries.

Seismic monitoring of sub-salt reservoirs: Time-lapse wave-equation inversion

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Ayeni G. and Biondi B.

Time-lapse seismic is now a core technology for reservoir monitoring and characterization. However, many challenges continue to exist in its application in complex geology (e.g. sub-salt reservoirs). Differences in acquisition geometry (non-repeatability) and poor illumination are examples of factors that cause contamination of the desired time-lapse effects (i.e. changes due to production). By computing the time-lapse response as a difference between least-squares inverse images or posing time-lapse imaging as a least-squares inverse problem, we hope to attenuate geometry and other unwanted effects.


Transmission wavefield velocity analysis

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Shragge J.

Transmission wavefields contain important information on subsurface velocity profiles. This is evident from the many tomography-based techniques that invert for perturbations on an assumed background velocity using the transmission wavefield response. One of the more successful approaches is waveform tomography Pratt and Worthington (1989); Woodward (1992), an approach to non-linear velocity inversion problem that iteratively obtains an estimate of velocity perturbations by minimizing the difference between forward-modeled waveforms and acquired data ...

Regularized Inversion

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Witten B.

Here an interior point inversion method is presented that solve a least squares problem with regularization. Velocity inversion can benefit from regularization because the sparse solution creates blocky velocity models. This is often more geologically accurate than smooth models. In this paper an efficient method is present for solving regularized least squares problems. Its usefulness is shown through comparisons of previous methods on an example using a least squares formulation for Dix inversion.

Full-volume dip corrections for velocity analysis and MVA

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Picking of stacking velocities and residual migration velocities can be difficult in noisy data. Common solutions involve the creation of super-gathers, stacking semblance panels, and flattening data along picked horizons. This report shows that full-volume dip corrections can be used for practical enhancements to velocity analysis workflows. The dip fields are computed both with a semblance method and plane-wave deconstruction filters. Following equations from common reflection surface (CRS) processing, the dip fields are used to extend the standard move-out equations to more precisely describe reflections in super-gathers. This correction improves the sharpness of semblance panels and makes it possible to use larger panels than would be possible without the corrections. The report shows 3D examples of using the full-volume dip information both for conventional stacking and pre-stack time migration.

Aligned vertical fractures

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Berryman J. G.

The Sayers and Kachanov (1991) crack-influence parameters are shown to be directly related to Thomsen (1986) weak-anisotropy seismic parameters for fractured reservoirs when the crack/fracture density is small enough. These results are then applied to the problem of seismic wave propagation in reservoirs having HTI symmetry due to the presence of aligned vertical fractures. The approach suggests a method of inverting for fracture density from wave speed data.


Moveout analysis with flattening (ps.gz 1066K) (pdf 392K) (src 2143K)
Clapp R. G.
Moveout analysis is an important component of many data processing steps. The most basic application is Normal Moveout (NMO), where curvature is related to velocity. Radon based multiple removal techniques take advantage of the differing moveout of primaries and multiples Hampson (1986). Migration velocity analysis often measures curvature in common reflection point gathers in either the offset domain or angle domain. ...

Selective stacking in the reflection-angle and azimuth domain

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Tang Y.

I analytically demonstrate the existence of artifacts in angle-domain common-image gathers (ADCIGs) caused by sparsely sampled wavefields from the perspective of shot-profile migration. The subsurface-offset domain common-image gather (SODCIG) is linearly related to the ADCIG in locally constant-velocity media when the wavefields are sufficiently well sampled, but not when the wavefields are poorly sampled. Hence, linear slant-stack or radial-trace transform in SODCIGs will produce ADCIGs with artifacts, which might hinder further interpretation or analysis and reduce the quality of the final stacking image. Instead of simply stacking along reflection angle and azimuth axes, I present a method to compute the stacking weights as functions of angle and azimuth and make the stacking process selective. My method is tested on the synthetic wide-azimuth version of the SEG/EAGE salt data set, where a cleaner image with higher signal-to-noise ratio is obtained.

Anisotropic migration velocity analysis from residual moveout transformation in angle-domain common-image gathers

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Jousselin P. and Biondi B.

We present the application of anisotropic migration velocity analysis (MVA) on synthetic data and on a real dataset acquired in the North Sea. The method we use to estimate anisotropic migration velocities is based on the computation and analysis of angle-domain common-image gathers (ADCIGs) in conjunction with anisotropic wavefield-continuation migration. Assuming flat reflectors and vertically transversely isotropic (VTI) media, we compute anisotropic velocity spectra from a residual moveout (RMO) transformation, based on the theoretical expression of the RMO in anisotropic ADCIGs as a function of perturbations in migration velocities. In the first part of this paper, we briefly present the theory of ADCIGs and the derivation of the mathematical expression of the RMO function. In the second part, we analyze synthetic data with the method we propose to estimate anisotropic migration velocities. We demonstrate that our method is unable to resolve vertical velocities but nevertheless accurately estimates horizontal and normal moveout (NMO) velocities even for significant perturbations in the velocity model, provided the range of aperture angle is not too small. In the last part of this paper, we demonstrate on real data the validity of our estimation method, by showing it indicates the presence of velocity anellipticity in layers stratigraphically interpreted as anisotropic and for which well data do not match seismic data migrated under the assumption of isotropy.

Mapping of 3-D multiples to image space: An example with a Gulf of Mexico dataset

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Alvarez G.

I migrate a real 3D seismic dataset from the Gulf of Mexico with shot profile migration and use it to illustrate the mapping of 3D multiples from data space to image space. The dataset contains specular water-bottom multiples, peg-leg multiples associated with a large, shallow salt body, and diffracted multiples originating at the salt edges. Both the water bottom and the salt body have significant cross-line dip which makes it difficult to model the trajectory of the multiples. The location of the multiples in the image domain is severely affected by the presence of the salt and thus do not follow the geometry of the multiple-generating interface. As a consequence, some multiples could easily be interpreted as primaries. I show, by computing subsurface offsets for one sail-line, that the multiples map away from the zero-subsurface offset as they would in a purely 2D model.

Improving multiple prediction in image space using ADCIGs for limited-offset recordings

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Vyas M.

Auto-convolution is a convenient way of generating multiple models and is the basis for Surface Related Multiple Prediction (SRMP). The completeness of the multiple model, however, relies on recording all the primary paths that contribute to multiple generation. In practice, with limited offset recordings and in areas of complex subsurface geometries (especially steep dips), we might record only the multiple path and not the primary, leading to incomplete multiple models. In image space, this translates to modeling multiples at fewer opening angles than are actually present. In this article, I show that the Angle Domain Common Image Gathers (ADCIGs) of multiple models provide useful angular information which may be used to infill or extrapolate missing angles and account for the missing multiples in the model generated using SRMP.

Residual multiple attenuation using AVA modeling

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Guerra C.

Residual multiple attenuation is a common process applied towards the end of the seismic processing flow. Its main objective is to decrease the energy of migrated residual multiples. This process can be time-consuming. I present a method which uses amplitude-versus-angle (AVA) modeling to simulate primary events and adaptive subtraction to estimate residual multiples and residual-multiple-attenuated data. The method is applied on angle-domain common-image gathers (ADCIGs) from a 2D data set from the Gulf of Mexico that is contaminated with residual multiples. This method is simple, fast and, depending on the parameterization of the adaptive subtraction, can preserve primary reflection amplitudes.


A New Build Environment for SEP

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Witten B., Curry B., and Shragge J.

The Stanford Exploration Project (SEP) has been at the forefront of computational reproducible research for many years. Beginning with the introduction of active (a-doc) and interactive (i-doc) documents by Claerbout (1990), SEP progressed to reproducible scripting using cake Nichols and Cole (1989) and archiving on CD-ROMS to ensure that entire reports, along with original codes and processing flows, could be distributed easily and cheaply. An additional change occurred around SEP-89 when the more flexible GNU ...

Accelerating subsurface offset gathers for

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Pell O. and Clapp R. G.

For shot profile migration construction of subsurface offset gathers can be the dominant cost. By implementing the subsurface offset gather computation on a MAX-1 accelerator card with a Xilinx Virtex-4 Field Programable Gate Array (FPGA), we obtain 20x speed-up over a state-of-the-art Opteron system. By reducing data precision further speed-up can be achieved, at minimal image degradagation.

G. Alvarez
G. Ayeni
J. Berryman
B. Biondi
R. Clapp
B. Curry
J. Etgen
R. Gunther
C. Guerra
P. Jousselin
O. Pell
G. Shan
J. Shragge
Y. Tang
A. Valenciano
M. Vyas
B. Witten
Publication Date
August, 2007