From Qualitative to Quantitative Interpretation

the interpretation of deep-water turbidites discernible in 3-D seismic inversion data within a geological context | Estimated Length : 53 mins

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This e-symposium presentation places the interpretation of deep-water turbidites discernible in 3-D seismic inversion data within a geological context. It will include multiple case studies, four of which are located in the Gulf of Guinea (one Pliocene plus Cretaceous examples). One such case study (undisclosed location) features a reservoir characterization technique that facilitates calibration of elastic attributes to sand. The remainder of the workshop will focus on interpretation of seismic anomalies to predict prevailing fluid type(s). This tutorial will also offer suggestions for visualization of quantitative results.

Specific aspects to be covered include the following:

Integrated analysis of geophysical data

Challenges in interpreting deep-water turbidites


Seismic Data Conditioning: Why conditioning of seismic amplitude data matters - taking a quick look at your gathers, stacks and attributes

Types of 3-D seismic inversion techniques

Calibrating elastic attributes to reservoir sand

Techniques for placing attributes from simultaneous inversion into a viable geological context

Example 1: Gulf of Guinea (Pliocene)

Example 2: Gulf of Guinea (Cretaceous): Joint interpretation of impedances

Example 3: Gulf of Guinea (Cretaceous): QI using Fundamental Statistics

Example 4: Gulf of Guinea (Cretaceous):

a. Elastic data versus compaction effect;

b. Quantitative interpretation using rock physics;

c. Facies classification

Estimated Time

53 minutes of video lectures

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