For example, the petroleum industry’s Stone Cabin 3D seismic survey scheduled for this summer near Nine Mile Canyon in Carbon County will use 10 and 20 pounds of explosives in shot holes. However, many narrow patch surveys are still conducted. Fig. Contractors quickly tired of trying to shoot bricks through trees, so the slanted geometries were born. 5b is two times greater than the flag movement in Fig. Indications are that linear shot noise, backscatter and multiple energy are well attenuated by this geometry - perhaps better than by orthogonal. In particular, wide towed marine streamer data (multi-source, multi-streamer) after DMO had a very striped appearance. offsets) to form a complete pre-stack time migrated volume is the subject of much current work. It began as early as 1964 when Hugh Hardy of Esso shot the world’s first cross-spread - before it even had a name! 3D migration software was written and targets became more focused than they had ever been. Moving shot and receiver lines one half ( or quarter, etc.) When the geology involves steep dips or large changes in rock velocity across a fixed horizontal plane, rigorous calculations of station spacing (or bin size) should be made with commercial 3D seismic design software rather than by following the simple relationships described here. Since 2D gave way to 3D, arrays have been largely ignored. 3D surveys employing multiple sources and streamers are now the norm, although many shallow water high resolution geohazard surveys are still shot in 2D. Flexible 3-D seismic survey design Gabriel Alvarez1 ABSTRACT Using all available subsurface information in the design of a 3-D seismic survey, we can better adjust the acquisition effort to the demands of illumination of the target horizon. 9. Previously only very large companies were able to utilize this state-of-the-art, computer-intensive, 3-D Geological Circular 97 – 5. 4 and 5 illustrate the manner in which each of these geometrical parameters affects inline stacking fold. In comparison, 30 pounds might be used for a large construction-site blast and 2,000 to 4,000 pounds for a medium-sized quarry or mine blast. Free PDF. 3D geometries differ in their ability to resolve 3D static delays. By the 70’s it became a search for better, more accurate signal. For example, if the interpretation objective is to image meandering channels that are as narrow as 200 ft, then the stacking bins should have lateral dimensions of approximately 50 ft (Fig. Thus it is possible to have different shot statics at each shot position because of differing ray paths. Early efforts began with areal distributions of sources and receivers in an attempt to create continuous areal CMP coverage. During this time there was also discussion about apertures - both the aperture recorded by single shots and that of entire surveys. Today the Trace Oil & Gas Company concentrates on drilling low-risk prospects with low cost drilling while using advanced 3D seismic tools and other modern technologies. Seismic Library Data Where You Need It Our expanding data library currently includes over 28,000 square miles of 3D onshore and in the Gulf of Mexico. Each source and receiver location is surveyed for accurate surface location and elevation. While the CSEG strives to ensure the content published is correct, the CSEG cannot guarantee its accuracy. Or is noise attenuation more important than signal? Proven technology helps you reduce risk and improve your success rate. TGS will use BGP Prospector for the 3D seismic survey for a multitude of exploration and production companies, increasing its coverage in the region to 18,000 km 2. 5a shows the distribution of subsurface reflection points (the solid circles on the subsurface interface) when there are four active receiver channels and the source-station spacing equals the receiver-station spacing. It is often the case that noise must be reduced before signal can even be seen. Help with editing, Content of PetroWiki is intended for personal use only and to supplement, not replace, engineering judgment. (Note that the incremental movement of the source-station flag in Fig. The stacking-fold numbers at the bottom of the diagram define the number of distinct source-receiver pairs that create a reflection image at each subsurface point, that is, the number of reflection points that each vertical dashed line intersects. Egdon Resources has provided an update on the timing of the 3D seismic survey over the Resolution gas discovery in offshore licences P1929 and P2304. The only real disadvantage is the minimal statics coupling between swaths (shots only). Near surface scatterers can cause each of the linear noise waves to be reflected. Fig. Geotec S.p.A. specializes in onshore seismic acquisition for geophysical research and geological knowledge of the subsurface for oil and gas exploration and scientific aims or purposes. Learning objectives: Understand how the objectives of a new 3D survey are met by overcoming geophysical challenges. It is worth remembering that if shot noise can be reduced by 6dB using a better array, this is equivalent to quadrupling the CMP stack fold! Mike is member of CSEG, SEG, EAEG, PESGB, APEGGA, ASEG, OPI. Later it was realized that the largest minimum offset was also reduced. 5 – Effect of source-station spacing on inline stacking fole.. It seemed as if this was the only way to shoot 3D - and clearly more logical (and easier logistically) than the earlier attempts. Canceling shot noise (linear and backscatter) with effective geometries. The final chapter (so far!) 3 – Vertical variation in stacking fold.. For a shallow target depth, Z1 , the stacking fold is low because there is only a small number, N1, of source-receiver pairs that can produce individual raypaths that reflect from point A. Ebrom, D., Li, X., and McDonald, J. Post stack depth migration has also made an appearance in the past few years. Smaller stacking bins are required if the resolution of small stratigraphic features is the primary imaging requirement. Seismic survey consultation tailored to your imaging challenges. It began as early as 1964 when Hugh Hardy of Esso shot the world’s first cross-spread - before it even had a name! The current thinking is that 18 beats 26 which beats 45. The Brick was first invented to improve the offsets. of Exploration Geophysicists. The stack-array approa… 4 – Effect of number of active receivers on inline stacking fold. It will survey for hydrocarbons over a 5,000 km 2 area in the southern Atlantic for the Malvinas 3D programme in Argentina. In the early 80’s orthogonal geometries were the norm. Mike Galbraith is the President of Seismic Image Software Ltd., Calgary. The vertical dashed lines pass through successive reflection points. Mike’s areas of interest are 3D Field Survey , analysis and determination of artefacts in 3D acquisition data, 3D field QC techniques and 3D processing algorithms. In desert areas, this method allowed vibrators to travel a zigzag path between two adjacent receiver lines without crossing them. Progenitor of the wide vs. narrow debate. Using the results of the seismic surveys to help determine specific locations for exploratory drilling, Stewart has proposed up to six site-specific exploratory wells. The final CMP coverage extended from the edges of the loops to their center. Overviews are often useful and this paper is written for the geophysicist who has not been deeply involved with the design and analysis of 3D seismic survey acquisition for the past 15 years or so, and would like to have an idea of what happened, what’s happening now and what is likely to happen in the future. SPE disclaims any and all liability for your use of such content. In the 90’s geophysics came to grips with this plethora of geometries. With this offset criterion to determine the number of source-receiver pairs that can contribute to the seismic image at any subsurface point, we see that the stacking fold at depth Z2 would be N2 , as Fig. Download with Google Download with Facebook. For purposes of illustration, it is assumed that the narrowest feature to be interpreted is a meander channel. Determining velocities for 3D pre-stack time or depth? Invented, used (and patented) by ARCO only. Once again if two is good, three must be better. These other forms of energy may be mode converted from a down-going impulsive source or may arise from a shear wave source capable of outputting both compressional and shear waves. A seismic survey is used to investigate Earth’s subterranean structure and is mainly used for oil and gas exploration. Time-lapse 3D recording is becoming more widely used. Until the beginning of the 1980s, 2D seismic surveys employing a single source and one streamer predominated in oil and gas exploration. So one of the first immediate challenges for the future is to design an effective geometry (i.e. Some conclusions were clear. Time slice displays were just appearing in the literature at the time and none of us involved in the project had any good idea of what these new displays might show. First that resolution varied throughout a survey - becoming larger near the edges and near the end of recording time ( in this context, larger resolution means less ability to distinguish two adjacent sub-surface features). Time will tell! 3D linear noise removal (FK, Tau-P, Radial trace and many others). 3D seismic surveys have become the most important exploration and production tool for oil and gas companies. The answer was 3D. When critical refraction occurs, the transmitted raypath, bent at an angle of 90°, follows a horizontal interface rather than continuing to propagate downward and illuminating deeper targets. , Fig. Second that the size of a bin can determine resolution because of anti-alias criteria. Delays in travel times caused by near (or even far) surface anomalies can be a source of noise. 3 illustrates vertical variation in stacking fold. Figure 1 shows a typical 3D VSP situation, where the mode-converted wavefield, arising from surface sources, is recorded by downhole receivers. 3D seismic interpretation is a form of seismic interpretation which relies on the use of 3D surveys which provide visualizations of structures in three dimensions. (Note that the absolute best answer is to use the fully sampled 3D geometry - this is the one design that will always exceed the budget.). The raypath picture in Fig. One of these shallow raypaths, DAF, is shown. The data obtained from such a survey is therefore very valuable, and if protected from disclosure constitutes a trade secret. Crossline fold, FXL, is given by. Other factors like unequal shot and receiver line spacing and slanted lines are currently under investigation. The term inline is defined as the direction in which receiver cables are deployed, which is north/south in this example. The newly acquired seismic programs provide modern high-resolution imaging which encompass 1,606 square kilometers with an additional 632 square kilometers to be acquired in 2020. Wide line spacing is the norm - up to one kilometer or more between shot and receiver lines. For a deep target at depth Z2, the stacking fold in this bin is a high number because there is a large number, N2, of source-receiver pairs that each produce a raypath that reflects from subsurface point B. This would cause a 200-ft channel to affect four adjacent traces. Expensive but very interpretable! But the CMP stacks with and without the noise removal algorithm often look distressingly similar, leading to the conclusion that CMP stacking is still the best weapon in the anti-noise armory. I present a method that poses the choice of the acquisition parameters as an integer opti-mization problem. Extremely high fold is also common. A prerequisite is equal sampling of shots and receivers for centre-spread land data acquisition and shot intervals half the receiver station intervals for marine end-of-spread acquisition. 1 – Oblique view of 3D stacking bins. The small departure from orthogonal (18 degrees instead of zero) does not dramatically affect the imaging properties either. Sub-bin sampling seemed to be attainable with this method, which involved non-integral line spacing with respect to station spacing. At least three, and ideally four, stacking bins (that is, seismic traces) must lie within the narrowest dimension, W, of this channel if the channel is to be reliably seen in the seismic image during workstation interpretation. 5a.) Each trace in a 3D seismic data volume is positioned so that it passes vertically through the midpoint of a stacking bin. The imaging objective dictates how small a stacking bin should be. One of the most powerful geophysical technologies is 3D Seismic. In other words, the various offset traces that “belonged” to each CMP bin contained different levels of noise and the act of CMP stacking attenuated the noise. Once an area has been identified for a seismic survey, a permitting process is undertaken to obtain landowner permission for seismic equipment, contractors, and crews to be on their property. Invented and patented by GEDCO. Phrases like “Cross well tomography” and “3D VSP” are becoming part of the exploration vocabulary. The number of source-receiver pairs that can contribute to the image at B is typically confined to those source and receiver stations that are offset horizontally from B by a distance that is no larger than depth Z2 to reflection point B. 2). Thus large bins set the limit on resolution and therefore on the maximum useful frequency. G. Vermeer has written the book on this approach and it involves symmetric sampling - whatever is done to shots must also be done for receivers. 5a; that is, there are four receiver groups, but the source-station spacing is now twice the receiver-station spacing. Is it possible to extract more formation information by designing 3D geometries specifically to enhance the response of various AVO parameters (offset range, reflection angle, etc. The stacking fold associated with a particular 3D stacking bin is the number of field traces that are summed during data processing to create the single image trace positioned at the center of that bin (Fig. Essentially, the conventional approach to 3D seismic survey design is a straightforward extension of the 2D stack-array approach (Anstey, 1986) to 3D. Only one of these raypaths, CBG, is shown. On the question of reducing multiples, this is the most active area of research today. Fig. Equal sampling everywhere - stations, lines and even the survey size if possible! Most 3-D surveys are aimed at detailed delineation of already discovered oil and gas fields. 2000. The maximum stacking fold for this six-receiver geometry is 3. Understanding these design issues will help with interpretation as well. People often use specialized software for this task, as the process requires a lot of math and the careful construction and interpretation of data. Even back then, some said it was complete - at least for the purpose of finding oil and gas. Many articles were written extolling its virtues as the only 3D geometry you would ever need. This page was last edited on 28 July 2015, at 10:07. Many random 3D surveys have now been conducted and the results indicate that this method does have considerable merit in reducing the seemingly ubiquitous footprint suffered by other geometries. Equally obvious is the question of what types of noise must be suppressed in this new wavefield environment? The debate about combining individual shots - or components of shots (e.g. The original seismic lines are called in-lines. PDF. Planning Land 3-D Seismic Surveys, Vol. Rapid progress was made in understanding the algorithms needed for: On the question of noise attenuation, the jury is still out. The CSEG does not endorse or warrant the information printed. Then, many of us noticed the noise. In Fig. In this case, the best sampling method that can be reassembled into the various spatial wavelengths in X, Y and Z must be chosen. The number one question on everybody’s lips today is, “What’s the best geometry for my 3D?” The number one answer is, “It depends!”, Is signal the goal? Shothole and vibroseis. When it is critical to know the magnitudes and azimuth orientations of these offsets, commercial 3D seismic design software must be used. in the slanted line progression. ). The horizontal resolution a 3D seismic image provides is a function of the trace spacing within the 3D data volume. The horizontal separations between adjacent processed traces in the 3D data volume are also Δx and Δy. A partial list (who can remember them all?) The raypath diagrams in Figs. Since 3D seismic is the most common type of seismic survey conducted (and the type TGS will be conducting), allow me to describe how these surveys are done. If you notice any problems with an article (examples: incorrect or missing figures, issue with rendering of formulas etc.) You must log in to edit PetroWiki. Andres Ambros. Austin, Texas: Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas. The raypaths in Fig. The ever-fertile geophysical minds of the day created geometry after geometry in rapid succession. State of the art equipment - 24 bit recording. The resulting stacking fold is shown by the number written below each vertical dashed line, which is the number of reflection points intersected by each of those lines. In 2D acquisition geometry, the inline stacking fold, FIL, is a function of two geometrical properties: the number of active receiver channels and the ratio between the source-station interval and the receiver-station interval. Geometry was the weapon of choice. 3D surface consistent scaling and deconvolution. And there are still problems to be solved on the surface: Curse or not, these will be interesting times for all of us! When everything else had been tried, random positioning of shots and receivers was left. At the conclusion of 3D data processing, the area spanned by a 3D seismic image is divided into a grid of small, abutted subareas called stacking bins. Fig. We marveled as reef tops appeared out of nowhere and literally seemed to grow out of the floor as we walked. These surveys increasingly use 3-D technology rather than the conventional 2-D technology used for most of the last seven decades. Use this section to list papers in OnePetro that a reader who wants to learn more should definitely read, Use this section to provide links to relevant material on websites other than PetroWiki and OnePetro. This paper. We also purchase existing surveys from other companies. Fig. Quality service begins with dedicated people. The vertical column shows the coordinate position of one particular stacking bin. Good access is essential. When the stacking bin is kept at the same x and y coordinates but moved to shallower depth, Z1, the stacking fold decreases to the smaller number, N1. Unfortunately such 3D’s have high noise content and can be difficult to interpret. The maximum stacking fold in this geometry is only 1. Magnetic and Gravity Methods in Mineral Exploration: the Value of Well-Rounded Geophysical Skills, Knowledge True and False: Scientific Logic and Climate Change, Geomechanics: Bridging the Gap from Geophysics to Engineering in Unconventional Reservoirs, True Depth Conversion: More Than a Pretty Picture. Designing 3D seismic surveys The imaging deficiencies of 2D seismic profiling were remedied by the implementation of 3D seismic data acquisition, which allows data processing to migrate reflections to their correct image coordinates in 3D space. Imaging is often done using pre-stack time migration and results appear comparable to other geometries. The design of geometries for such cases will carry different challenges than have been tackled so far. 3D seismic Increase drilling success rates with a 3D seismic survey . Cordsen, A., Galbraith, M., and Peirce, J. Combining Eqs.  A variation in seismic reflection character on three to four adjacent traces is usually noticed by most interpreters, whereas anomalous behavior on fewer traces tends to be ignored or may not even be seen when a 3D data volume is viewed. As Fig. Tulsa, Oklahoma: Geophysical Developments, Soc. The nature of offset distribution and azimuth distribution and how they change with depth became crucial in studying the noise problem. Offset and, to a lesser extent, azimuth distribution was recognized as the most important factor. Hardage, B.A. Logistically this is very attractive - 50% less receiver effort (increase the line spacing) for the price of adding a third vibrator crew. Predictions as to the demise of 2D were everywhere. The main pieces of the puzzle involved modifying the existing 2D crooked line geometry software to handle the new concept of 3D CMP bins - and a new program to display time slices. The last 20 years have seen an explosion in acquisition and processing technology available for land, marine and transition zone surveys: 3C 4C 4D AVO/AVA. Crossline refers to the direction that is perpendicular to the orientation of receiver cables; thus, the crossline coordinates increase from south to north. 1 and 2 leads to the design equation for inline stacking fold: In 2D seismic profiling, the source-station interval is usually the same as the receiver-station interval, making the ratio term in the brackets in Eq. The passage of time has proved that sub-bin sampling cannot be achieved by this or other such methods (like indents and staggered line recording), but the geometry has turned out to have other (considerable) advantages over the standard orthogonal geometry (e.g. Bin Spacing in Land 3-D Seismic Surveys and Horizontal Resolution in Time Slices. In a 3D context, the stacking fold is the product of the inline stacking fold (the fold in the direction in which the receiver cables are deployed) and the crossline stacking fold (the fold perpendicular to the direction in which the receiver cables are positioned). In the past few years there has been a decline in the use of DMO and an increasing emphasis on pre-stack time migration. 37 Full PDFs related to this paper. Previous publications on the topic of seismic acquisition show that the trace spacing (i.e., the stacking-bin dimension) along a 2D seismic profile is one-half the receiver-station spacing (assuming the usual condition that the source-station spacing along the line is equal to or greater than the receiver-station spacing). After having gained experience as a Programming Manager at R.B.Cruz and Associates and Veritas Seismic Ltd., Mike became the President of Veritas Software Ltd., before founding Seismic Image Software. Multiples - is stack the best (the only effective?) 2 illustrates, the critical parameter to be defined in 3D seismic design is the smallest (narrowest) horizontal dimension of a stratigraphic feature that must be seen in the 3D data volume. PDF. By using symmetric sampling, the most focused image can be guaranteed. Our understanding of 2D seismic surveys - their acquisition, processing and interpretation - was extremely comprehensive. As a programmer then, it was my task to build methods to process this data set. Galbraith, M. 1994. This article talks about some of the basic concepts that it is important to understand to properly design a 3D seismic survey. To put it another way, additional high frequencies have no effect on resolution when it is set by the bin size. Logistically it was a very attractive, cheap method to acquire data in such areas. In the stack-array appro a c h the combination of geophone array and stack (together called stack-array) forms a very good means of suppressing the ground roll. 1). In other words, the stacking fold is the number of distinct reflection points that are positioned inside a bin because of the particular source-receiver grid that is used. The various types of noise were, by now, well recognized and a body of knowledge grew as to what worked on each of them. This was also predictable from theory and has been remarked on by a number of authors. In 1978, a 3D survey was acquired near Calgary using orthogonal shot lines and receiver lines. Very tight shot and receiver line spacing is the norm here. Inline coordinates increase from west to east as shown. Today’s best geometries for noise attenuation seem to be wide azimuth slanted geometries with 18 degrees often emerging as the winning angle. Ideally, they should be approximately W/4. Even back then, some said it was complete - at least for the purpose of finding oil and gas. The bin dimensions should be no wider than W/3. Geophysical Pursuit is a relationship-driven seismic company specializing in the acquisition and licensing of seismic data critical to understanding oil and gas reservoirs. Sub-surface sampling tends to be coarse (70 x 35m bins are fairly routine) and FX interpolation is normally used to create in-fill traces prior to migration. This method was an attempt to use a viable subset of the fully sampled 3D geometry. The distance between adjacent source points along a seismic line is the source-station spacing; the distance between adjacent receiver arrays along that same line is the receiver-station spacing. Once this minimum target dimension is defined, stacking bins with lengths and widths that are approximately one-fourth the minimum target width must be created if the target is to be recognized in a 3D data volume. Who was right? Offset analysis is a technical topic that goes beyond the scope of this discussion. Shell Oil U.K. Limited (“Shell”), the operator of offshore licences P1929 and P2304, has advised Egdon that the marine 3D seismic survey…  These stacking bins can be square or rectangular, depending on an interpreter’s preferences. The idea is to cover a large area with 3D and do it in the most cost-effective manner. With over 300 3D surveys and 22,000 miles of 2D, our library encompasses some of the most prolific oil and gas basins in the United States and the Gulf of Mexico. Combined, these create one of the largest seismic databases in the United States, currently containing 39,000 square miles of 3D data and 512,000 linear miles of 2D data. A good example was a method called “Seisloop” by GSI where shots and receivers were placed in contiguous loops (as, for example, around the edges of a field). This imaging principle causes the targeted stratigraphic anomaly to be expressed on three or four adjacent seismic traces. Thus, the distances CE and EG are each equal to Z2. 4 establishes the principle that inline stacking fold is one-half of the active receiver stations when the source-station interval equals the receiver-station interval. Principles of Onshore 3-D Seismic Design. (All 3D’s are decimations of the fully sampled 3D that has shots and receivers everywhere on a grid). First appearing from Amoco’s Tulsa research, this geometry appeared to improve offset distribution considerably. 3 shows, because N2 unique source-receiver pairs can be found that produce N2 distinct field traces that reflect from point B. But the language of the day still contained some disturbing phrases such as “Sideswipe” or “Out of the Plane”. The size and scale of seismic surveys has increased alongside the significant increases in computer power since the late 20th century. or. The answer w… Only N1 source-receiver pairs generate field traces that reflect from A and still satisfy the geometrical constraint that these pairs are offset by distance DE (or EF) that does not result in critical wavefield refractions at interfaces above A. The double zigzag cured that and is still a popular geometry in desert regions. Recently many acquisition geophysicists have made attempts to reduce linear and backscatter noise before it reaches the recorder. 3D and 2D Surveys. Interested in starting, or contributing to a conversation about an article or issue of the RECORDER? New processing algorithms often appear to make a substantial difference to individual shots (or receiver line components of shots). In a modern marine 3-D seismic survey, typically, more than 100 000 traces per square km are recorded. “Footprints” were much reduced and this became (and still is) a very popular choice in the war against noise. 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