Moveout analysis of wide-azimuth data in the presence of lateral velocity variation

Mamoru Takanashi, Ilya Tsvankin

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Moveout analysis of wide-azimuth reflection data seldom takes into account lateral velocity variations on the scale of spreadlength. However, velocity lenses (such as channels and reefs) in the overburden can cause significant, laterally varying errors in the moveout parameters and distortions in data interpretation. Here, we present an analytic expression for the normal-moveout (NMO) ellipse in stratified media with lateral velocity variation. The contribution of lateral heterogeneity (LH) is controlled by the second derivatives of the interval vertical traveltime with respect to the horizontal coordinates, along with the depth and thickness of the LH layer. This equation provides a quick estimate of the influence of velocity lenses and can be used to substantially mitigate the lens-induced distortions in the effective and interval NMO ellipses. To account for velocity lenses in nonhyperbolic moveout inversion of wide-azimuth data, we propose a prestack correction algorithm that involves computation of the lens-induced traveltime distortion for each recorded trace. The overburden is assumed to be composed of horizontal layers (one of which contains the lens), but the target interval can be laterally heterogeneous with dipping or curved interfaces. Synthetic tests for horizontally layered models confirm that our algorithm accurately removes lens-related azimuthally varying traveltime shifts and errors in the moveout parameters. The developed methods should increase the robustness of seismic processing of wide-azimuth surveys, especially those acquired for fracture-characterization purposes. © 2012 Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)U49-U62
Number of pages1
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Acknowledgements: We are grateful to M. Al-Chalabi (Petrotech Consultancy),T. Alkhalifah (KAUST), E. Blias (VSFusion), T. Davis (CSM),V. Grechka (Marathon), E. Jenner (ION/GXT), W. Lynn (LynnInc.), and to members of the A(nisotropy)-Team of the Center forWave Phenomena (CWP) at Colorado School of Mines (CSM) forhelpful discussions. We also thank E. Jenner for providing the syntheticdata and Jeff Godwin (CWP) for assistance with the Madagascarsoftware package. This work was supported by Japan Oil, Gas andMetals National Corporation (JOGMEC) and the Consortium Projecton Seismic Inverse Methods for Complex Structures at CWP.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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