Abstract

The virtual source method is a useful tool for redatuming a seismic survey below complicated overburden by creating virtual sources at downhole receiver locations, hence generating data independent of the overburden and the time-lapse changes therein. In this article we first apply this technique to crosswell geometries, whereby a virtual crosswell survey is simulated by shooting a line of surface shots passing through two boreholes instrumented with downhole sensors. Using this acquisition geometry, receivers in one of the two wells are turned into virtual sources by correlating the wavefield recorded by those receivers with the recording at receivers in the other well, and summing the correlated data over the surface shots.

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