Physical properties of shallow-water flow (SWF) sands differ from most reservoir and seal rocks studied for petroleum purposes. These materials exist near the transition zone between rocks and sediments. Our investigations, the subject of this article, suggest that physical properties of SWF sands are amenable to a prediction methodology that uses high-resolution multicomponent seismic data.

SWF sands are a primary hazard to deepwater drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico. They have the potential to result in well failures and significant discharges of subsurface fluids into the ocean. However, at present, most operators make only a modest attempt to identify...

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