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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is two-fold. First, through case studies, we illustrate the procedures for implementing the theory presented in Chapters 2 and 3. Second, the case studies highlight some of the benefits of using seismic tomography in the oil industry.

The first two case studies utilize crosswell seismic data in conjunction with the simultaneous iterative reconstruction technique (SIRT) presented in Chapter 2 on seismic ray tomography. The first case study addresses the production problem of monitoring the progress of a steam-flood enhanced oil recovery (EOR) program. The second case study involves more of a development problem in which the structural interpretation of a fault-controlled reservoir must be better understood for in-fill drilling. The third case study uses the seismic diffraction tomography presented in Chapter 3 to image two salt sills using marine surface seismic data. We selected this problem to illustrate the seismic diffraction tomography methodology and limitations rather than to solve an exploration problem.

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