Northside Tech Breakfast: The Interpreter's Guide to Depth Imaging

Compared to time migration, depth imaging should yield simpler structure, higher spatial and vertical resolution, and a more stable phase response. It is also the appropriate input for inversion and other attributes that estimate reservoir properties and mitigate risk. However, the interpreter must actively guide the depth-imaging process to ensure a reasonable, geologic result. This talk reviews the planning and QC of depth imaging in a manner that establishes an appropriate dialogue between the interpreter and the processor.

When choosing a company (or companies) for imaging, it is critical they provide the level of technology suitable for the interpretive goals. As such, the (bidding) dialogue should include:

-Defining deliverables in terms of interpretive goals

-Establishing a minimalist approach to initial time processing

-Choosing appropriate migration and tomography algorithm(s)

-Discussing and establishing the target (final) velocity resolution

-Ensuring that deliverables are compatible with forming 3rd-party attributes

When beginning the imaging process, a critical step is the formation of the initial velocity model. Figure 1 is an example of an acceptable, smoothly-varying model. In general, the addition of detail early in velocity-model formation is to be avoided.


Tue, Nov. 13, 2012
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. America/Chicago


Anadarko Petroleum
1201 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, Texas 77380

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