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Fault Finding? Access to 3-D Data Always Helps  
By Esther Ali, Emma Giddens, Juan Martinez- Munoz, Karl Schleicher, Dennis Cooke, Kurt Marfurt / February 2015

Access to modern 3-D seismic data is critical to educating the next generation of sedimentologists, stratigraphers, structural geologists and geophysicists who envision a career in the petroleum industry.

Sobel Filtering Brings Edges Into Sharp Focus  
By Satinder Chopra, Kurt Marfurt / January 2015

This month’s Geophysical Corner column deals with Sobel filtering for enhancing seismic coherence attribute.

5-D Interpolation Compensates for Poor Sampling  
By Daniel Trad / December 2014

Three-D seismic surveys always suffer from poor sampling along at least one spatial dimension – that’s why many techniques have been developed over the years to interpolate data, in particular before final migration.

Autotracking Your Way to Success  
By Satinder Chopra, Kurt Marfurt / November 2014

Depending on the seismic data quality and either the presence or lack of isolated strong reflectors, identifying horizons can be a trivial exercise or a challenging problem.

Causes and Appearance of Noise in Seismic Data Volumes  
By Satinder Chopra, Kurt Marfurt / October 2014

Seismic data are usually contaminated with noise, which refers to any unwanted features in the data. These unwanted features may actually be somebody else’s signal, such as converted waves in what we think of as “P-wave” data – but more commonly, these unwanted “noise” features provide little or no information about the subsurface, and are referred to as random noise and coherent noise.

Integrated Data Enhance Dolomite Mapping  
By Ritesh Sharma, Satinder Chopra, Amit Ray / September 2014
The purpose of this article is to describe a workflow for discriminating limestones and dolomites, and to map the lateral extent of dolomite reservoir rocks that have a thickness below the seismic resolution.
Spectral Decomposition for 3-D Geomodeling  
By Brad Wallet / August 2014
In recent years, a number of workflows have been developed to use spectral decomposition for 3-D geomodeling to extract architectural elements such as channels.
Quantifying Confidence in Horizon-Picking  
By Kurt Marfurt / July 2014
Risk analysis is a crucial task in making drilling decisions and involves many factors, such as well logs, modeling results, production maps and interpretation quality. In his book on 3-D seismic interpretation, AAPG award-winning member Alistair Brown presents a workflow for the quantification of interpretation confidence.
Seeing Is Believing: GPR Enhances Analogs  
By John McBride, Colby Hazard, Scott Ritter, Thomas Morris, David Tingey, Bill Keach, Jani Radebaugh, Clayton Chandler, Kari Arnold, Gene Wolfe / June 2014

Steeply dipping bedforms and bed sets often develop where sediment accumulates and migrates, and are expressed as clinoform patterns on seismic data. Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) provides ultra-high-resolution images of the internal structure of these sediment accumulations.

Am I Blue? Finding the Right (Spectral) Balance  
By Kurt Marfurt, Marcílio Matos / May 2014

Seismic interpreters have always desired to extract as much vertical resolution from their data as possible – and that desire has only increased with the need to accurately land horizontal wells within target lithologies that fall at or below the limits of seismic resolution.

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Geophysical Corner

Geophysical Corner - Satinder Chopra
Satinder Chopra, award-winning chief geophysicist (reservoir), at Arcis Seismic Solutions, Calgary, Canada, and a past AAPG-SEG Joint Distinguished Lecturer began serving as the editor of the Geophysical Corner column in 2012.

Geophysical Corner

The Geophysical Corner is a regular column in the EXPLORER that features geophysical case studies, techniques and application to the petroleum industry.


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