Seismic Inversion

Date: November 2, 2016 55min Advanced

  • Introduction to the Exercise
  • Exercise
  • Solution to the Exercise
  • Lecture
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Ideally, we would like to turn each seismic trace into an impedance trace or, going even further, into a velocity and density pseudo-log. That would allow us to predict rock properties in an interval of interest rather than acoustic properties at a major rock boundary. Variations in velocity and density at each seismic trace are better indicators of lateral changes in rock properties, such as thickness, net:gross or porosity.

Divide the class time into three (3) segments: (1) review the previous exercise, (2) introduce the lecture material, and (3) introduce the exercise presented here. The review of the previous exercise contains six (6) slides, and takes ~8 minutes to explain. The lecture introduced here has 25 slides, and takes ~40 minutes to explain. The introduction to the exercise here contains six (6) slides, and takes ~7 minutes to explain. 

This exercise has the students compare a relative impedance trace through a well to an absolute impedance trace for the same location.  In the process, they use the components of absolute impedance to finish the construction of the absolute impedance trace. During the exercise review, more comparisons are done using sections through the well location. This exercise should take about 20-30 minutes.



At the end of this lesson, students should be able to:

  • Compare zero phase and impedance data
  • Define seismic inversion, and how it differs from other methods
  • Describe the differences between relative impedance vs. absolute impedance

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