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Vertical seismic profile Kirchhoff migration with structure dip constraint

Xiaomin Zhao and Shengwen Jin
Vertical seismic profile Kirchhoff migration with structure dip constraint (in Recent advances with well whisperers, Gerard T. Schuster (prefacer), Julie Shemeta (prefacer), Bjorn Paulsson (prefacer), Xiang Xiao (prefacer), Brian Hornby (prefacer), Martin Karrenbach (prefacer), Mike Fehler (prefacer), Bob A. Hardage (prefacer), Lianjie Huang (prefacer), Grace Yu (prefacer) and Jianhua Yu (prefacer))
Interpretation (Tulsa) (August 2015) 3 (3): SW51-SW56


Prestack Kirchhoff depth migration is commonly used in borehole seismic imaging, where there is uneven illumination due to the limitations of the source-receiver geometry. A new vertical seismic profile (VSP) migration/imaging workflow has been established that incorporates the structure-dip information derived from a newly developed structure tensor analysis into the existing VSP Kirchhoff migration/imaging technique. This allows us to better image the structures in the vicinity of a borehole and the far-field dipping events away from the borehole. We tested the workflow with the HESS salt model. The results were compared with those from reverse time migration, which found that Kirchhoff migration combined with structure-dip information not only reduced ambiguities of the imaging result but also allowed for imaging dip structures (e.g., fault) in the far region from the borehole. This allows for imaging dip structures and provides a useful extension of existing VSP imaging capabilities using Kirchhoff migration.

ISSN: 2324-8858
EISSN: 2324-8866
Serial Title: Interpretation (Tulsa)
Serial Volume: 3
Serial Issue: 3
Title: Vertical seismic profile Kirchhoff migration with structure dip constraint
Title: Recent advances with well whisperers
Author(s): Zhao, XiaominJin, Shengwen
Author(s): Schuster, Gerard T.prefacer
Author(s): Shemeta, Julieprefacer
Author(s): Paulsson, Bjornprefacer
Author(s): Xiao, Xiangprefacer
Author(s): Hornby, Brianprefacer
Author(s): Karrenbach, Martinprefacer
Author(s): Fehler, Mikeprefacer
Author(s): Hardage, Bob A.prefacer
Author(s): Huang, Lianjieprefacer
Author(s): Yu, Graceprefacer
Author(s): Yu, Jianhuaprefacer
Affiliation: Halliburton, Houston, TX, United States
Affiliation: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
Pages: SW51-SW56
Published: 201508
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 7
Accession Number: 2016-006917
Categories: Applied geophysics
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: MEQ GEO, USA, United StatesPaulsson Geo, USA, United StatesTGS, USA, United StatesBP, USA, United StatesOptasense, USA, United StatesMassachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, United StatesUniversity of Texas at Austin, USA, United StatesLos Alamos National Laboratory, USA, United StatesAnadarko, USA, United States
Source Note: Online First
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data supplied by Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
Update Code: 201604
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