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Local vertical seismic profiling (VSP) elastic reverse-time migration and migration resolution; salt-flank imaging with transmitted P-to-S waves

Xiang Xiao and W. Scott Leaney
Local vertical seismic profiling (VSP) elastic reverse-time migration and migration resolution; salt-flank imaging with transmitted P-to-S waves
Geophysics (March 2010) 75 (2): S35-S49

Abstract

To avoid the defocusing effects of propagating waves through salt and overburden with an inaccurate overburden velocity model, we introduce a vertical seismic profiling (VSP) local elastic reverse-time-migration (RTM) method for salt-flank imaging by transmitted P-to-S waves. This method back-projects the transmitted PS waves using a local velocity model around the well until they are in phase with the back-projected PP waves at the salt boundaries. The merits of this method are that it does not require the complex overburden and salt-body velocities and it automatically accounts for source-side statics. In addition, the method accounts for kinematic and dynamic effects, including anisotropy, absorption, and all other unknown rock effects outside of this lo-cal subsalt velocity model. Numerical tests on an elastic salt model and offset 2D VSP data in the Gulf of Mexico, using a finite-difference time-domain staggered-grid RTM scheme, partly demonstrate the effectiveness of this method over interferometry PS-PP transmission migration and local acoustic RTM. Our method separates elastic wavefields to vector P- and S-wave velocity components at the trial image point and achieves better resolution than local acoustic RTM and interferometric transmission migration. The analytical formulas of migration resolution for local acoustic and elastic RTM show that the migration illumination is limited by data frequency and receiver aperture, and the spatial resolution is lower than standard poststack and prestack migration. This new method can image salt flanks as well as subsalt reflectors.


ISSN: 0016-8033
EISSN: 1942-2156
Coden: GPYSA7
Serial Title: Geophysics
Serial Volume: 75
Serial Issue: 2
Title: Local vertical seismic profiling (VSP) elastic reverse-time migration and migration resolution; salt-flank imaging with transmitted P-to-S waves
Affiliation: Nexus Geoscience, Sugar Land, TX, United States
Pages: S35-S49
Published: 201003
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 62
Accession Number: 2010-075003
Categories: Applied geophysics
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
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Secondary Affiliation: Schlumberger Oilfield Services, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
Update Code: 201040
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