Application at development and production scale
2004. "Application at development and production scale", 3D Seismic Technology: Application to the Exploration of Sedimentary Basins, Richard J. Davies, Joseph A. Cartwright, Simon A. Stewart, Mark Lappin, John R. Underhill
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Examples from the Carboniferous of the UK Southern North Sea are used to illustrate the application of visualization tools to increase the effectiveness of 3D seismic interpretation. Maintaining the seismic data to the fore throughout the interpretation workflow and decision-making process is vital for well planning in field development and trap validation in prospect evaluation. Scaling of the seismic into the ‘true-depth’ domain and the automatic generation and visualization of layers using isochores derived from well data are the key elements in this interpretation workflow. Together these allow full integration of the seismic with various well data and interpreted elements. The main example is from Murdoch K, one of ConocoPhillips’s most recent UK discoveries, part of a pre-Permian extensional graben inverted during the Early Tertiary tectonic phase. Other examples from the McAdam Field and an exploration prospect are used to highlight additional aspects of the method.