Abstract

Recent demands to reduce turnaround times and expedite investment decisions in seismic exploration have invited new ways to process and interpret seismic data. Among these ways is a more integrated collaboration between seismic processors and geologist interpreters aiming to build preliminary geologic models for early business impact. A key aspect has been quick and streamlined delivery of clean high-fidelity 3D seismic images via postmigration filtering capabilities. We present a machine learning-based example of such a capability built on recent advances in deep learning systems. In particular, we leverage the power of Siamese neural networks, a new class of neural networks that is powerful at learning discriminative features. Our novel adaptation, edge-aware filtering, employs a deep Siamese network that ranks similarity between seismic image patches. Once the network is trained, we capitalize on the learned features and self-similarity property of seismic images to achieve within-image stacking power endowed with edge awareness. The method generalizes well to new data sets due to the few-shot learning ability of Siamese networks. Furthermore, the learning-based framework can be extended to a variety of noise types in 3D seismic data. Using a convolutional architecture, we demonstrate on three field data sets that the learned representations lead to superior filtering performance compared to structure-oriented filtering. We examine both filtering quality and ease of application in our analysis. Then, we discuss the potential of edge-aware filtering as a data conditioning tool for rapid structural interpretation.

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