Models with horizontal layers

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Seismic Data Analysis
Series Investigations in Geophysics
Author Öz Yilmaz
ISBN ISBN 978-1-56080-094-1
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In this section, we shall examine the accuracy of Dix conversion and coherency inversion to estimate layer velocities using two earth models with horizontal layers, but with lateral velocity variations. The near-surface layer is of constant velocity in the first model and its velocity varies laterally in the second model. Otherwise, both models are identical. Shown in Figure 9.1-1a are the velocity profiles for the six layers in the model. We shall refer to the layers by the horizon names corresponding to the base of each layer, H1 through H6. Listed in Table 9-2 are the layer velocities and depths to the base of each layer. When the layer velocity is not constant, the range is given in Table 9-1. The lateral velocity gradients in layers H3 and H4 are about 125 m/s and 200 m/s over one cable length, respectively. Figure 9.1-1b shows the velocity-depth model with the color bar on the right-hand margin.

A total of 384 shot records was modeled using the two-way acoustic wave equation. The simulated recording geometry consists of an off-end cable with 96 receivers and offset range 25-2400 m. Shot and receiver intervals are both 25 m, and the CMP interval is 12.5 m and CMP fold is 48. Figure 9.1-2a shows the CMP-stacked section with the picked time horizons that correspond to the layer boundaries H1 through H6 in Figure 9.1-1b. Compare with the velocity-depth model (Figure 9.1-1b) and note that flat horizons in depth correspond to curved horizons in time because of the lateral velocity variations (Figure 9.1-1a). The stacking velocity section is shown in Figure 9.1-2b with the color bar on the right-hand margin. The stacking velocity section was derived from the horizon-consistent stacking velocity profiles shown in Figure 9.1-3.

Table 9-1. A set of inversion procedures for earth modeling in depth to estimate layer velocities and delineate reflector geometries.
Layer Velocities Reflector Geometries
Dix conversion of rms velocities vertical-ray time-to-depth conversion (vertical stretch)
stacking velocity inversion image-ray time-to-depth conversion (map migration)
coherency inversion poststack depth migration
image-gather analysis prestack depth migration
Table 9-2. Parameters of the model with horizontal layers and constant-velocity near-surface layer.
Layer Velocity (m/s) Depth (m)
H1 1500 100
H2 2000 1000
H3 2400 – 2700 1500
H4 3000 – 3500 1800
H5 4500 2250
H6 3000 2700

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