ABSTRACT

Methods based on the seismic P-wave, seismic surface wave, and apparent resistivity are commonly used in the solution of several near-surface problems. However, the solution nonuniqueness and the intrinsic limitations of these methods can cause inconsistency in the final results. Dispersion curves of surface waves, P-wave traveltimes, and apparent-resistivity data were jointly inverted to obtain internally consistent and more reliable final model of P- and S-wave velocities and resistivity. A collection of 1D layered models was obtained by a deterministic joint-inversion algorithm based on the laterally constrained inversion scheme. The three data sets were jointly inverted imposing the same structure and Poisson’s ratio was introduced as a physical link between P- and S-wave velocities to better constrain the inversion. No physical link was imposed between the resistivity and the seismic velocities. The inversion algorithm was tested on synthetic data and then applied to a field case, where benchmark borehole data were available. The synthetic and field examples provided results in agreement with the true model and the existing geologic information, respectively.

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