Abstract

A new method for modeling rock-physics depth trends called “geo-consistent depth trend modeling” is presented. No new rock-physics models are developed in this work, but existing models are put together in a new workflow. The workflow integrates rock-physics modeling with petrologic porosity models that account for burial, pressure, and temperature history. The new approach honors geologic trends, patterns, and cyclicity in the rocks. Examples based on well data are given to show how depositional trends can influence seismic response and depth trends. Geo-consistent depth trends are compared with the standard method for rock-physics depth trends, and differences are discussed. Geo-consistent depth trends can contribute to increased understanding of the subsurface and give input to risking of targets in exploration.

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