Amplitude Patents (Class 367/47)
  • Patent number: 10281603
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a fracture AVO inversion method for a fractured medium, wherein, said method includes: acquiring seismic data from the fractured medium; obtaining a reflection coefficient of the fractured medium, by an AVO inversion for the seismic data based on a newly-built equation. The present disclosure also provides a fracture AVO inversion apparatus and device for a fractured medium. The present invention can flexibly and accurately obtain properties of a fractured medium with impedance contrast (rock properties of the host media plus properties of thee fracture).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignees: BEIJING IVY TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD., CHINA UNIVERSITY OF MINING AND TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING)
    Inventors: Xiaoqin Cui, Suping Peng, Wenfeng Du
  • Patent number: 10234581
    Abstract: A method is described for high-resolution seismic imaging of complex subsurface volumes using a two-stage least-squares reverse time migration with two objective functions. A traveltime misfit objective function enables long-wavelength imaging and an amplitude misfit objective function enables short-wavelength imaging. The method may be executed by a computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventor: Chaoshun Hu
  • Patent number: 9869792
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for characterizing a subterranean formation traversed by a wellbore including collecting data from the formation using a tool wherein the tool collects data to form an azimuthal image, characterizing a section of the formation comprising data and images acquired in a high angle wellbore section or horizontal wellbore section using a parametric model, and performing an inversion using apparent densities and volumetric photoelectric factor images to build a formation model wherein the inversion is tailored for high angle wellbore sections and/or horizontal wellbore sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sushil Shetty, Dzevat Omeragic, Tarek M. Habashy, John Rasmus, Jeffrey Miles
  • Patent number: 9784867
    Abstract: A method includes the steps of receiving a wavefield generated by reflections in a subsurface region and recorded by a plurality of seismic receivers and compensating the recorded wavefield for amplitude attenuation. The method further includes modelling a propagation of a source wavefield forward in time, from an initial time-state to a final time-state through an earth model that is representative of the subsurface region, wherein the modelling includes phase and amplitude effects of attenuation and modelling a propagation of the compensated recorded wavefield backward in time from a final time-state to an earlier time-state through the earth model, wherein the subsurface region has an absorption characteristic that dampens the recorded wavefield wherein the modelling includes phase and amplitude effects of attenuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Coates, Kun Jiao, Zhen Xu, Alan Schiemenz
  • Patent number: 9772415
    Abstract: Time lapse or 4D seismic data are corrected for geologic overburden and seismic recording system effects. The data from a survey at one time of interest is processed within a selected frequency band and the reservoir level is normalized by the overburden. The results are used to extract reservoir amplitudes from the data of that same survey. Frequencies where overburden signal-to-noise ratios vary dramatically between time lapse surveys may then be avoided in processing of data from the area of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Roy M. Burnstad
  • Patent number: 9753166
    Abstract: Methods and systems for separating P-S wave field data are described. Slowness values for the PP mode and the PS mode are estimated and are, typically, unequal based on aliased and/or irregularly sampled data. A calculation, in the space-time domain, based on a matrix of equations, generates separated P-wave and S-wave data. The separated P-wave data and S-wave data are output for further imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventor: Richard Bale
  • Patent number: 9534487
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for characterizing the physical state of a barrier installed in a borehole traversing a formation including locating an ultrasonic tool with a plurality of spaced receivers and a transmitter at a location in the borehole, activating the ultrasonic tool to form ultrasonic waveforms, wherein the spaced receivers record the ultrasonic waveforms, aligning the transmitter and the spaced receivers, wherein the ultrasonic waveforms comprise propagated Lamb modes, processing the ultrasonic waveforms to obtain a first amplitude dispersion plot of attenuation as a function of frequency and first phase dispersion plot of phase velocity as a function of frequency, processing attenuation dispersions to identify discontinuities, and relating the discontinuities to barrier wavespeeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Smaine Zeroug, Jiaqi Yang, Sandip Bose
  • Patent number: 9476997
    Abstract: A method for locating diffractors in subsurface formations includes actuating at least two seismic energy sources at spaced apart locations. Seismic energy is detected in the formations resulting from actuation of the two sources. Signals corresponding to the detected seismic energy are processed to remove components related to direct arrivals from each source. Arrival times of seismic energy in the signals corresponding to energy diffracted from at least one diffractor are identified. The at least one is located diffractor in a plane using the identified arrival times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Acoustic Zoom, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas G. Pace, Jacques Y. Guigné
  • Patent number: 9360573
    Abstract: A system and method of characterizing properties of a medium from a non-linear interaction are include generating, by first and second acoustic sources disposed on a surface of the medium on a first line, first and second acoustic waves. The first and second acoustic sources are controllable such that trajectories of the first and second acoustic waves intersect in a mixing zone within the medium. The method further includes receiving, by a receiver positioned in a plane containing the first and second acoustic sources, a third acoustic wave generated by a non-linear mixing process from the first and second acoustic waves in the mixing zone; and creating a first two-dimensional image of non-linear properties or a first ratio of compressional velocity and shear velocity, or both, of the medium in a first plane generally perpendicular to the surface and containing the first line, based on the received third acoustic wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignees: LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL SECURITY LLC, CHEVRON U.S.A. INC.
    Inventors: Cung Khac Vu, Kurt Toshimi Nihei, Paul A. Johnson, Robert A. Guyer, James A. Ten Cate, Pierre-Yves Le Bas, Carene S. Larmat
  • Patent number: 9207345
    Abstract: Methods and devices for seismic data processing deblend seismic data gathered using simultaneous source acquisition by applying two different deblending techniques. The second deblending technique is applied to residual data obtained after applying the first deblending technique. At least one of these first and second deblending techniques uses a signal-to-noise map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SA
    Inventors: Adel Khalil, Gordon Poole, Margherita Maraschini
  • Patent number: 9105075
    Abstract: Seismic stratigraphic features may be enhanced using orientation vectors. In one example, a process includes converting a seismic attribute section from a spatial domain to a spatial-frequency domain using a Fourier transform. For each filter in an orientation filter array, the seismic attribute section is convolved with a filter in the spatial-frequency domain. The convolution result is converted back to the spatial domain by inverse Fourier transform. For each point in the seismic section an orientation filter having a response with a maximum energy is found and the orientation is associated with the corresponding energy and the corresponding point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: IHS GLOBAL INC.
    Inventors: Yingwei Yu, Clifford L. Kelley, Irina M. Mardanova
  • Patent number: 8902706
    Abstract: A technique includes receiving seismic data acquired in a seismic survey. The technique includes determining a geophysical trend of trace amplitudes indicated by the seismic data based on non-linear regression and performing quality control analysis on the seismic data based on the determined trend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: WesternGeco L.L.C.
    Inventors: Qinglin Liu, Kambiz Iranpour
  • Patent number: 8879354
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method of acquiring vibroseismic data concerning a zone of the subsoil. This method comprises the following steps: —operating a vibroseismic source so that it transmits a first vibroseismic signal having a first amplitude (101, 201), —operating the source so that it transmits a second vibroseismic signal having a second amplitude different from the first amplitude (103, 203), —recording first data corresponding to the first signal after propagation in the medium to be explored (102, 202), —recording second data corresponding to the second signal after propagation in the medium to be explored (104, 204). The method supplies information for filtering the surface waves (ground roll).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Cggveritas Services SA
    Inventor: Julien Meunier
  • Patent number: 8724427
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for correcting an input seismic trace. The method includes receiving the input seismic trace and creating a t by Q gather using the input seismic trace, where t represents traveltime, Q represents absorption parameter, and the t by Q gather has traveltime as the vertical axis and a ratio of t and Q as the horizontal axis. The ratio of t and Q is referred to as R. The method further includes applying an interpolation algorithm to the t by Q gather to derive a corrected input seismic trace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: WesternGeco L.L.C.
    Inventor: Ralf Ferber
  • Patent number: 8639443
    Abstract: A microseismic monitoring system includes a seismic sensor positioned proximate to a wellbore traversing a formation; an orientation source producing an orientation shot; a hydraulic apparatus operationally connected with the formation to produce a fracture in the formation; a computer control system operationally connected with a database of known spectral attributes for event categories; and a computer readable medium that carries instructions executable by the computer control system that, when executed: receive data from the seismic sensor; select an event of interest from the data received; determine a spectral estimate of the selected event of interest; compare the determined spectral estimate of the selected event of interest to the known spectral estimates; and select from the data received by the seismic source the orientation shot for orientation of the seismic sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Joel Herve Le Calvez, Stewart Thomas Taylor
  • Patent number: 8611184
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a method for generating an estimated value of absorption parameter Q(t). In one embodiment, the method includes receiving an input seismic trace, applying a time variant Fourier transform to the input seismic trace to generate a time variant amplitude spectrum of the input seismic trace, dividing the natural logarithm of the time variant amplitude spectrum by ??f, and performing a power series approximation to the result with an index starting from one to generate an estimated value of R(t). R(t) is a ratio between traveltime t and the absorption parameter Q(t). The method further includes dividing t by R(t) to generate the estimated value of the absorption parameter Q(t).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: WesternGeco L.L.C.
    Inventor: Ralf Ferber
  • Publication number: 20130286781
    Abstract: A seismic wave source and sensing system coupled to the surface of an elastic wave propagation medium has a seismic wave source transducer having a preferred axis of vibration oriented horizontally on the surface of the elastic wave propagation medium. A seismic wave sensing transducer has a preferred axis of vibration response oriented horizontally on the surface of said elastic wave propagation medium such that said sensing transducer is capable of detecting dynamic particle motions and displacements of SH waves. An arrangement of the source and sensing transducers is provided on the surface of the elastic wave propagation medium. A recording system capable of acquiring and storing reflected SH wave signals detected by the sensing transducer, wherein the recorded signals represent reflections from contrasting physical properties within the elastic wave propagation medium to provide preferential detection of elongate subsurface targets such as utility pipes, conduits, and other similar object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas E. Owen
  • Patent number: 8553498
    Abstract: Method for reconstructing subsurface Q models (110) from seismic data (10) by performing ray-based (60), centroid frequency shift (50) Q tomography. The seismic source waveform's amplitude spectrum is approximated by a frequency-weighted exponential function of frequency (40), having two parameters to adjust to fit the frequency shift data, thereby providing a better fit to various asymmetric source amplitude spectra. Box constraints may be used in the optimization routine, and a multi-index active-set method used in velocity tomography is a preferred technique for implementing the box constraints (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventor: Wenyi Hu
  • Publication number: 20130135967
    Abstract: A method, system and a computer readable medium to compute geometric reflectivity enhancement (GRE) distributions based on seismic data are disclosed. The GRE distributions may be derived from absolute values of a seismic trace amplitude and a quadrature signal obtained by computing the Hilbert transform of the seismic trace amplitude. The derived GRE distributions preserve zero crossings and peaks of the seismic amplitude data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventor: Marcos VICTORIA
  • Publication number: 20130033961
    Abstract: Time lapse or 4D seismic data are corrected for geologic overburden and seismic recording system effects. The data from a survey at one time of interest is processed within a selected frequency band and the reservoir level is normalized by the overburden. The results are used to extract reservoir amplitudes from the data of that same survey. Frequencies where overburden signal-to-noise ratios vary dramatically between time lapse surveys may then be avoided in processing of data from the area of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: Saudi Aramco
    Inventor: Roy M. Burnstad
  • Patent number: 8233350
    Abstract: A method and system of detecting and mapping a subsurface hydrocarbon reservoir includes acquiring seismic data having a plurality of components, applying a data transform to the seismic data to obtain seismic data spectral component maxima and maxima profiles, and recording the maxima or maxima profile in a form for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Spectraseis AG
    Inventors: Marc-André Lambert, Erik Hans Saenger, Stefan Schmalholz
  • Patent number: 8164979
    Abstract: A system and method of acquiring and processing full elastic waveform data from a vertical-force source comprises providing seismic waves into the earth from the vertical-force source, sensing reflections of the seismic waves at multi-component geophones placed along the surface of the earth, and processing the reflections of the seismic waves to generate full elastic waveform data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Texas System
    Inventor: Bob A. Hardage
  • Patent number: 8139440
    Abstract: A method for spectrally conditioning surface seismic data. In one implementation, the method may include correcting surface seismic data for distortions due to anomalous spectral amplitudes, thereby generating a first set of corrected data; correcting the first set of corrected data for deterministic distortions, thereby generating a second set of corrected data; correcting the second set of corrected data for spectral distortions due to the seismic waves traveling through the near-surface, thereby generating a third set of corrected data; and correcting the third set of corrected data for spectral distortions due to the seismic waves traveling through deeper strata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: WesternGeco L.L.C.
    Inventors: Ralf Ferber, Debra Dishberger, Alan Teague
  • Publication number: 20110286306
    Abstract: A method for locating origin time, origin location and source mechanism of seismic events occurring in a selected volume of subsurface formations includes calculating a travel time from each possible origin location to each of a plurality of seismic receivers disposed above the volume in a selected pattern. A signal amplitude is measured by each receiver for each possible origin time at each possible origin location. The signal amplitude is determined from the continuously recorded data by calculating travel time delays for each possible origin location and origin time. The deviatoric moment tensors are determined from the signal amplitudes by moment tensor inversion restricted to deviatoric moment tensors. A norm for each deviatoric moment tensor is generated. An origin time, origin position and source mechanism of a seismic event is determined wherein any norm exceeds a selected threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventors: Leo Eisner, Michael P. Thornton
  • Publication number: 20110273961
    Abstract: Method for reconstructing subsurface Q models (110) from seismic data (10) by performing ray-based (60), centroid frequency shift (50) Q tomography. The seismic source waveform's amplitude spectrum is approximated by a frequency-weighted exponential function of frequency (40), having two parameters to adjust to fit the frequency shift data, thereby providing a better fit to various asymmetric source amplitude spectra. Box constraints may be used in the optimization routine, and a multi-index active-set method used in velocity tomography is a preferred technique for implementing the box constraints (100).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventor: Wenyi Hu
  • Patent number: 8040754
    Abstract: A system and method of acquiring and processing full elastic waveform data from a vertical-force source comprises providing seismic waves into the earth from the vertical-force source, sensing reflections of the seismic waves at multi-component geophones placed along the surface of the earth, and processing the reflections of the seismic waves to generate full elastic waveform data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Texas System
    Inventor: Bob A. Hardage
  • Patent number: 8041510
    Abstract: A system and method monitor a hydrocarbon reservoir for drainage in volumetric three dimensions. Monitoring between wells is imperative for optimum reservoir management and is achieved by mapping the hydrocarbon fluid pathways in a producing reservoir. Unlike conventional 4D or time-lapse reflection seismic imaging systems that use a controlled active seismic source and records reflected seismic energy at receivers, the system and method exploit the minute vibrations, or micro-earthquakes generated in the reservoir layers that are induced by fluid movement. These microseisms are detected as the fluids move in the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Shivaji N. Dasgupta
  • Publication number: 20110232902
    Abstract: Method for deriving a reservoir property change data volume from time shifts used to time-align 4D seismic survey data (31). The time alignment is performed on at least one angle stack of 4D data to determine a time-shift data volume (32). When multiple angle stacks are used, the time shifts are corrected to zero offset. A running time window is defined, and within each window the time shifts are best fit to a straight-line function of time (depth), one angle stack at a time (33). The slopes from the straight line fits from different angle stacks are averaged at each voxel in the data volume, which yields a reservoir properties (??/?) data volume (34). This data volume may be filtered with a low-pass filter to improve signal-to-noise (35). The resulting data volume may be merged with the 4D data volume to expand its bandwidth (36), or it may be converted into a reservoir saturation and pressure change data volume (38) using a rock-physics model (37).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventor: Dezhi CHU
  • Publication number: 20110182142
    Abstract: A technique includes receiving seismic data acquired in a seismic survey and performing quality control analysis on a given trace indicated by the seismic data. The quality control analysis includes selectively accepting or rejecting the given trace based on a median trend of other trace amplitudes determined from traces associated with sensor positions near a sensor position associated with the given trace.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventors: Qinglin Liu, Kambiz Iranpour
  • Publication number: 20110182143
    Abstract: A technique includes receiving seismic data acquired in a seismic survey. The technique includes determining a geophysical trend of trace amplitudes indicated by the seismic data based on non-linear regression and performing quality control analysis on the seismic data based on the determined trend.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventors: Qinglin Liu, Kambiz Iranpour
  • Patent number: 7974785
    Abstract: Method for evaluating fluid pressures in an underground zone by means of seismic and well data. The zone studied is divided into several time analysis intervals. For each of these intervals, a pre-stack stratigraphic inversion of the seismic data is then carried out using geological a priori information, and a lithoseismic facies cube is determined by lithoseismic analysis. Then, for each facies, relations connecting the seismic impedances of wells to differential pressures in wells are determined in each analysis interval. Finally, a differential pressure cube is determined using the previous relations, as well as a confining pressure cube, in order to determine the fluid pressures in the subsoil by simple difference between these two cubes. Application: petroleum sphere for the detection of overpressure zones during drilling for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Institut Francais du Petrole
    Inventors: Patrick Rasolofosaon, Thierry Tonellot
  • Patent number: 7948826
    Abstract: Methods of processing seismic data to remove unwanted noise from meaningful reflection signals are provided for. The methods comprise the steps of assembling seismic data into common geometry gathers in an offset-time domain without correcting the data for normal moveout. The amplitude data are then transformed from the offset-time domain to the time-slowness domain using a limited Radon transformation. That is, the Radon transformation is applied within defined slowness limits pmin and pmax, where pmin is a predetermined minimum slowness and pmax is a predetermined maximum slowness. A corrective filter is then applied to the transformed data enhance the primary reflection signal content of the data and to eliminate unwanted noise events. After filtering, the enhanced signal content is inverse transformed from the time-slowness domain back to the offset-time domain using an inverse Radon transformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventor: Lawrence C. Wood
  • Publication number: 20110085420
    Abstract: A passive method for exploring a region below the surface of the earth. The method comprises using a single sensor located in turn at a plurality of locations to obtain seismic data obtained by recording ambient seismic interface waves in a frequency range whose lower limit is greater than 0 Hz, and whose upper limit is less than or equal to substantially 1 Hz. The data are processed so as to obtain a measure of the energy in a frequency band within the frequency range. For example, the seismic data may be filtered and may be subjected to amplitude normalization before being transformed into the frequency domain. The energy measure may then be calculated by integrating the spectrum in the frequency domain over a desired frequency range. The resulting calculated energy provides information about the region of the earth being explored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: STATOIL ASA
    Inventors: Sascha Bussat, Peter Hanssen, Simone Patricia Kugler
  • Patent number: 7821869
    Abstract: Improved methods of processing seismic data which comprise amplitude data assembled in the offset-time domain in which primary reflection signals and noise overlap are provided for. The methods include the step of enhancing the separation between primary reflection signals and coherent noise by transforming the assembled data from the offset-time domain to the time-slowness domain. More specifically, the assembled amplitude data are transformed from the offset-time domain to the time-slowness domain using a Radon transformation according to an index j of the slowness set and a sampling variable ?p; wherein j = p max - p min + 1 ? ? µ ? ? sec ? / ? m ? ? ? p , ?p is from about 0.5 to about 4.0 ?sec/m, pmax is a predetermined maximum slowness, and pmin is a predetermined minimum slowness. Alternately, an offset weighting factor xn is applied to the assembled amplitude data, wherein 0<n<1, and the amplitude data are transformed with a Radon transformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventor: Lawrence C. Wood
  • Patent number: 7725265
    Abstract: A method and system of processing seismic data includes acquiring three-component seismic data and combining horizontal components of the three-component seismic data to obtain a merged horizontal component. Frequency spectra are determined for the acquired three-component seismic data. A ratio of a vertical component of the seismic data to the merged horizontal component is determined. A V/H integration-measure is obtained from the integration of the area bounded by a selected minimum-amplitude value and the amplitude values greater than the selected minimum-amplitude value and the V/H integration-measure is stored in a form for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Spectraseis AG
    Inventor: Erik Hans Saenger
  • Patent number: 7679993
    Abstract: A method of characterizing a fractured reservoir in a field includes measuring seismic reflection coefficient of the fractured reservoir as a function of angle of incidence and azimuth, predicting seismic reflection coefficient of the fractured reservoir as a function of angle of incidence and azimuth using an elastic stiffness tensor and an elastic compliance tensor of the fractured reservoir, determining components of an excess compliance tensor due to the presence of fractures in the fractured reservoir by matching the predicted seismic reflection coefficient to the measured seismic reflection coefficient, and characterizing one or more properties of the fractured reservoir using the excess compliance tensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Colin M. Sayers
  • Patent number: 7663970
    Abstract: A method for seismic event mapping includes transforming seismic signals recorded at selected positions into a domain of possible spatial positions of a source of seismic events. An origin in spatial position and time of at least one seismic event is determined from space and time distribution of at least one attribute of the transformed seismic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Microseismic, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter M. Duncan, James D Lakings, Roderick A. Flores
  • Patent number: 7664602
    Abstract: A method for the quantitative characterization of a seabed sediment composition and a seabed's layered subbottom structure from at least one normal-incidence, single-channel reflection acoustic amplitude time series seismogram is disclosed. The method detects a plurality of reflections from subbottom interfaces in said seismograms, determines the traveltime, the polarity and the reflectivity of each detected reflection, determines the intrinsic attenuation of the sediment layer between pairs of adjacent reflections, and determines the acoustic properties, layer thicknesses and material properties of the seabed's layered subbottom structure as a function of said traveltimes, polarities and reflectivities of the detected reflections and said intrinsic attenuation of the sediment layer between pairs of adjacent reflections. A forward model describing the physical relationship between the material properties and the acoustic properties of seabed sediments is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: National University of Ireland, Galway
    Inventors: Klaus Christian Leurer, Colin Brown
  • Patent number: 7663971
    Abstract: Resonance scattering analysis of at least 3-component (3-C) VSP data detects heterogeneities in the proximity of a borehole. A method for seismic exploration of a pre-determined volume of the earth for assessing features of the volume using at least 3-C VSP data generated for the volume comprises: computing a resonance spectra indicating resonance scattering of the at least 3-C VSP data; and determining a lateral continuity of said features in accordance with the resonance spectra. Zero amplitude in a resonance spectrum indicates definite polarization of the direct pressure wave into the ray direction and very weak lateral heterogeneity along the path of the direct wave. High amplitudes in a resonance spectrum are observed if energy of the direct wave is observed on the horizontal components due to scattering at small-scale lateral heterogeneities near the receiver. Peak frequency provides information on the size and location of the scattering structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Inventors: Bernd Milkereit, Thomas Bohlen
  • Patent number: 7657375
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer-readable medium for evaluating an earth formation includes making measurements with a logging tool having a first depth of investigation in a borehole in the earth formation. A first dip of the formation is estimated using multi-component measurements. The estimated dip is compared with a second dip measurement in the borehole. The results of the comparison are stored on a tangible medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Tsili Wang, Alexandre N. Bespalov, Bill H. Corley, Daniel T. Georgi, Michael B. Rabinovich
  • Publication number: 20090168601
    Abstract: A method for spectrally conditioning surface seismic data. In one implementation, the method may include correcting surface seismic data for distortions due to anomalous spectral amplitudes, thereby generating a first set of corrected data; correcting the first set of corrected data for deterministic distortions, thereby generating a second set of corrected data; correcting the second set of corrected data for spectral distortions due to the seismic waves traveling through the near-surface, thereby generating a third set of corrected data; and correcting the third set of corrected data for spectral distortions due to the seismic waves traveling through deeper strata.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Inventors: Ralf Ferber, Debra Dishberger, Alan Teague
  • Patent number: 7555389
    Abstract: To generate an absorption parameter model, estimated values of an effective absorption parameter are received, where the estimated effective absorption parameter values represent absorption encountered by a seismic wave in a subterranean structure. Based on the estimated effective absorption parameter values, an absorption parameter model is generated that varies absorption parameter values along at least one dimension of the subterranean structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: WesternGeco L.L.C.
    Inventors: Maud Cavalca, Robin Fletcher, Alfonso Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 7539578
    Abstract: A method and system of processing seismic data includes acquiring three-component seismic data and combining horizontal components of the three-component seismic data to obtain a merged horizontal component. Frequency spectra are determined for the acquired three-component seismic data. A ratio of a vertical component of the seismic data to the merged horizontal component is determined. A V/H integration-measure is obtained from the integration of the area bounded by a selected minimum-amplitude value and the amplitude values greater than the selected minimum-amplitude value and the V/H integration-measure is stored in a form for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Spectraseis AG
    Inventor: Erik Hans Saenger
  • Patent number: 7525873
    Abstract: According to a preferred aspect of the instant invention, there is provided herein a system and method for using both a temporal zone of seismic data and conditioned amplitude spectra thereof to determine the underlying layer sequence. The instant invention is suitable both for determining layer positions and layer impedance magnitudes, that best describes the geologic sequence sampled by a band limited seismic source wavelet as reflected from the zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: BF Corporation North America Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Bush, Paul G. A. Garossino, Paul R. Gutowski, Gregory A. Partyka
  • Publication number: 20090052279
    Abstract: A method and system determines optimum azimuth parameters for seismic data processing. The method includes selecting a range of azimuth parameters, the azimuth parameters indicating the range of magnitudes and directions, each pair of azimuth parameters indicating a particular magnitude and a particular direction. The method further includes generating a plurality of seismic gathers wherein a seismic gather is generated from each pair of azimuth parameters, each seismic gather including a plurality of seismic data traces. The method further includes generating a plurality of seismic gathers for a plurality of imaging locations and a plurality of depths, each seismic gather containing a plurality of seismic data traces. The method further includes determining the coherence amplitude of each gather. The method further includes determining the gather having the optimum coherence amplitude, and selecting the azimuth parameters associated with the gather having the optimum coherence amplitude.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventors: Charles Sicking, E. Stuart Nelan, William H. McLain
  • Publication number: 20090034367
    Abstract: To process seismic data, a set of data values representing a seismic trace is received, and amplitudes of data values associated with plural groups in the set are analyzed. Different numbers of bits are dynamically allocated to at least some of the groups of the set according to the analyzing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventor: Francis G. Sherrill
  • Publication number: 20090028000
    Abstract: A method for the identification of metallic deposits in a rock formation is provided. The method for the identification includes the steps of providing an acoustic source for generating frequencies to produce acoustic waves, arranging at least one geophone optimized to detect the frequencies and oriented to enhance reflection planes from faults and fractures associated with an ore body in a rock formation and locating the acoustic source and at least one geophone in at least one shallow bore hole beneath unconsolidated surface material of the rock formation. The method further includes the steps of directing the acoustic waves to an underlying rock formation to generate seismic reflection data and processing the seismic reflection data by altering the frequency and the amplitude to identify unique seismic attributes that allow detection of at least one metallic deposit or ore body in the rock formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventor: Thomas B. O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20090010104
    Abstract: Methods and systems for processing microseismic waveforms. The methods and systems provide determining a measure of waveform fit in the frequency-domain comprising constructing, in the frequency-domain, at least one of an amplitude misfit functional and a cross phase functional between arrivals; and estimating source parameters and/or model parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2008
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Applicant: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: W. Scott LEANEY
  • Publication number: 20090003131
    Abstract: A method and apparatus control a plurality of sonic sources to generate sound waves within at least one opening of an item. The “item” can comprise almost anything that has a percolation path (a path where solid particles are to be separated from liquid particles), such as the ground, aggregates, porous structures, porous materials, and a semi-solid structure. By controlling the sonic sources, the method transmits the sound waves to the percolation path. Further, the method regulates the amplitude and frequency of the sound waves such that the liquid particles oscillate out of phase with the solid particles. The method also regulates the phases of the sound waves generated by the different sonic sources so as to control locations within the percolation path where the liquid particles oscillate out of phase with the solid particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Inventor: Robert Jay Meyer
  • Patent number: 7453764
    Abstract: A method of imaging in an underground formation one or more steep-sloping geologic interfaces, which are not necessarily in a plane, by forming with primary reflectors, which are not necessarily in a plane, dihedra giving rise to prismatic seismic reflections (double reflections). The geometry of the steep-sloping interface is determined from choosing seismic records of one or more events corresponding to prismatic reflections for different source-pickup pairs of an acquisition device. A new reflection tomography technique is used, wherein introduction of specific constraints guarantees the convergence of the algorithm. The velocity distribution in the geologic formation and/or the geometry of the interface(s) between the sedimentary layers can be known otherwise or determined by means of the method. The method can apply to a formation comprising several different sloping interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Institut Farncais du Petrole
    Inventors: Maud Cavalca, Patrick Lailly