Plotting raypaths for primary and multiple reflections

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Problem 4.7

A well encounters a horizon at a depth of 2.7 km with a dip of . Sources are located 2 km downdip from the well and a geophone is placed at depths of 1000 and 2600 m. Plot the raypaths and calculate the traveltimes for the primary reflection from the 3-km horizon and its first multiple. Assume km/s.

Figure 4.7a.  Constructing raypath for a multiple from a dipping bed.


Image points were used in Figures 4.1a and 4.2a to find travel paths in constant velocity situations. Figure 4.7a illustrates their use for the more complicated situation of multiples. The image point gives the raypaths for the wave after reflection at the dipping horizon. When the wave is then reflected at the surface is equivalent to a new source, so the image point is located on the perpendicular from to the surface as far above the surface as is below. If this multiple is reflected a second time at the horizon, the image point is located on the perpendicular to the horizon as far below the horizon as is above it.


With the origin at the source, the vertical depth of the reflector beneath the source is m. The perpendicular from the source to the reflector meets the reflector at , , i.e., at , and the source image for the primary is at , . The image for the surface multiple (reflected at the reflector and then at the surface) is at .

The arrival time of the primary reflection at the phone 1000 m deep is

and the surface multiple arrives at

The arrival time of the primary at the phone 2600 m deep is

and the multiple arrives at

The source and geophone stations in the well are drawn to scale but displaced to the right in Figure 4.7b. The raypath to the 2600 m phone for the primary (the solid line) and for the surface multiple (the dashed line) are shown. The reflection point moves updip as the distance between the phone and the reflector increases, i.e., as the phone becomes shallower. The reflection points for the multiples lie still further updip.

Figure 4.7b.  Raypaths for well survey.
Table 4.7a. Reflection traveltimes.
Depth Primary Multiple
1000 m 1.475 s 2.139 s
266 0.946 2.671

The traveltimes for intermediate depths are calculated in the same way. The results are tabulated in Table 4.7a.

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