Abstract

Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO) undertook a two-well 3D VSP pilot project in 2007. Because it was acquired concurrently with a high-resolution wide-azimuth surface seismic survey, it was at the time the largest 3D VSP ever recorded. The project consisted of four main parts: acquisition, processing, interpretation, and quantifying value. In part 1 of this paper the acquisition and processing of the 3D VSP is described with an emphasis on the lessons learned. Significant advances in processing are described that demonstrate how larger 3D VSP images with better amplitudes and structural preservation can be produced. In part 2, the results of the 3D VSP interpretation and economic evaluation effort are described and illustrate different ways that a VSP image can help characterize a hydrocarbon reservoir.

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