Editor's note: This series is designed to update the classic Pitfalls in Seismic Interpretation by Tucker and Yorstan, first published by SEG in 1973. Contact Steve Henry (geolearn@aol.com) for information about contributing to this series.

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The primary goal of seismic interpretation is to make maps that provide geologic information (reservoir depth structure, thickness, porosity, etc.). However, even ideally acquired/processed seismic data provide only an image of the subsurface. For geologic information, nearby wells must be correlated to seismic reflectors. Synthetic seismograms (synthetics) provide this link by converting rock properties from well logs to a synthetic trace.

Synthetics make...

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