Chapter 14: Multicomponent Processing of Seismic Data at the Jackfish Heavy-oil Project, Alberta
Published:January 01, 2010
Karen J. Pengelly, Larry R. Lines, Don C. Lawton, 2010. "Multicomponent Processing of Seismic Data at the Jackfish Heavy-oil Project, Alberta", Heavy Oils: Reservoir Characterization and Production Monitoring, Satinder Chopra, Laurence R. Lines, Douglas R. Schmitt, Michael L. Batzle
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This investigation was undertaken to evaluate the processing flows needed to obtain vertical and radial post-stack-migrated seismic sections from a heavy-oil reservoir in eastern Alberta. Converted-wave seismic processing flows have been previously investigated and documented by Harrison (1992) and Isaac (1996). Of particular importance to converted-wave processing is the analysis of receiver statics. Isaac (1996) and Cary and Eaton (1993) showed that S-wave receiver statics can be extremely large and variable compared to P-wave receiver statics. It is not uncommon to have S-wave receiver statics on the order of ±200 ms, whereas P-wave receiver statics are commonly small, typically...
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Heavy Oils: Reservoir Characterization and Production Monitoring
Heavy oil is an important global resource with reserves comparable to those of conventional oil. As conventional resources get thinner, attention is being focused on heavy oil and bitumen, which hold the promise of becoming useful fuels. Already more than 1 million barrels of oil are being produced from the oil sands in Canada; heavy oil represents half of California’s crude oil production in the United States and is a major production in Mexico. With demand for global energy soaring, heavy oil will undoubtedly be an important resource to be exploited in a big way in the near future.
The SEG Development and Production Committee held its Heavy Oil Forum in Edmonton, Alberta, in July 2007. This was a joint research forum cosponsored by the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) and SEG and hosted by the University of Alberta. Preceding the forum, a field trip took the participants to the vast Athabasca Oil Sands region where they observed the outcrops, open pit mining, and steam injection operations, followed by a tour of the steam-assisted gravity drainage projects. Topics of the well-attended forum included the definition of heavy oil; where is heavy oil found; how it is produced; heavy-oil reservoir characterization; fluid and rock properties; electrical, tilt, and gravity techniques; borehole, surface seismic measurements; and microseismicity.