We suggest a fast and efficient 3D elastic full waveform inversion (FWI) algorithm based on the excitation amplitude (maximum energy arrival) of the P-wave in the source wavefield. It evaluates the gradient direction significantly faster than its conventional counterpart. In addition, it removes the long-wavelength artifacts from the gradient, which are often originated from SS correlation process. From these advantages, the excitation approach offers faster convergence not only for the S wave velocity, but also for the entire process of multi-parameter inversion, compared to the conventional FWI. The feasibility of the proposed method is demonstrated through the synthetic Marmousi and a real OBC data from North Sea.
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Acknowledgements: Research reported in this publication was supported by competitive research funding from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. The authors would like to thank Statoil ASA and the Volve license partners ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Norway AS and Bayerngas Norge AS for the release of the Volve data. We would like to thank Marianne Houbiers from Statoil for providing some helpful suggestions and corrections. For computer time, this research used the resources of the Supercomputing Laboratory in KAUST. We thank the members of Seismic Wave Analysis Group (SWAG) in KAUST for helpful discussions.