Seismic Display Patents (Class 367/9)
  • Patent number: 9618639
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for performing image-guided fault extraction from a fault-enhanced seismic image. The system divides three-dimensional fault-enhanced seismic images into a series of two-dimensional seismic image slices that can be selectively displayed and analyzed for fault surfaces. The system allows a user to select two or more fault surface points in a displayed image slice and identifies a fault path between the first fault surface point and the second fault surface that corresponds to a calculated at least cost path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: DRILLING INFO, INC.
    Inventors: Dean Clifford Witte, Mark Jeffrey Emanuel, John Walter Neave, Christian Winfield Grant
  • Patent number: 8744134
    Abstract: A device, system, and method for displaying seismic image data may include computing, from a wide-azimuth data set, a discrete data set associated with an image function at a seismic image point. The discrete data set may be mapped onto a continuous curved three-dimensional surface. The mapped data set may be projected onto a continuous planar surface. The projected data may be displayed as a planar disk. A plurality of continuous planar surfaces, each representing a single image point, may be assembled to form a three-dimensional body, representing a seismic gather of image points. The three-dimensional body may be displayed. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignees: Paradigm Geophysical Ltd., Paradigm Geophysical Corp.
    Inventors: Zvi Koren, Igor Ravve, Evgeny Ragoza
  • Patent number: 8582825
    Abstract: A device, system, and method for displaying seismic image data may include computing, from a wide-azimuth data set, a discrete data set associated with an image function at a seismic image point. The discrete data set may be mapped onto a continuous curved three-dimensional surface. The mapped data set may be projected onto a continuous planar surface. The projected data may be displayed as a planar disk. A plurality of continuous planar surfaces, each representing a single image point, may be assembled to form a three-dimensional body, representing a seismic gather of image points. The three-dimensional body may be displayed. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignees: Paradigm Geophysical Ltd., Paradigm Geophysical, Corp.
    Inventors: Zvi Koren, Igor Ravve, Evgeny Ragoza
  • Publication number: 20130242693
    Abstract: Provided is seismic imaging system, particularly, reverse-time migration for generating a real subsurface image from modeling parameters calculated by waveform inversion, etc. A seismic imaging system includes: a logarithmic back-propagation unit configured to back-propagate a ration of a logarithmic measured wavefield to modeling wavefield; a virtual source estimating unit configured to estimate virtual sources from a sources; and a first convolution unit configured to convolve the back-propagated measured data with the virtual sources and to output the results of the convolution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY R&DB FOUNDATION
    Inventor: Changsoo SHIN
  • Publication number: 20130229891
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for performing image-guided fault extraction from a fault-enhanced seismic image. The system divides three-dimensional fault-enhanced seismic images into a series of two-dimensional seismic image slices that can be selectively displayed and analyzed for fault surfaces. The system allows a user to select two or more fault surface points in a displayed image slice and identifies a fault path between the first fault surface point and the second fault surface that corresponds to a calculated at least cost path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: Transform Software & Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean Clifford Witte, Mark Jeffrey Emanuel, John Walter Neave
  • Publication number: 20130215712
    Abstract: Described herein are various embodiments of methods and corresponding hardware and software that are configured to illuminate or image the permeability field around or near a well that is to be fracked, both prior to fracking and after various fracking stages. The methods and corresponding hardware and software disclosed herein permit the progress of the fracking operation to be monitored at different stages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: Global Geophysical Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Global Geophysical Services, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130201787
    Abstract: Described herein are various embodiments of methods and corresponding hardware and software configured to permit the vicinity around and/or near a well to be imaged, where the well is being subjected to, or has been subjected to, fracking operations. The methods and corresponding hardware and software permit the generation of images of near-well fractures or faults resulting from the fracking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: Global Geophysical Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Global Geophysical Services, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8407008
    Abstract: An exemplary system for managing the deployment of a seismic data acquisition system uses a module configured to execute a plurality of task in the field by receiving one or more seismic devices. The module may include a power source that provides electrical power to the seismic devices. The module may also include a processor programmed to retrieve data stored in the seismic devices, perform diagnostics, facilitate inventory and logistics control, configure seismic devices and update data or pre-programmed instructions in the seismic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Inova Ltd.
    Inventors: Dennis R. Pavel, Scott T. Hoenmans, Richard Eperjesi, Andra Streho, Gerardo Garcia, Richard Pedersen, Dmitry Grinblat
  • Publication number: 20120243368
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are various embodiments of methods and systems for providing a graphical skeletonization representation of fractures and faults in a subsurface of the earth. According to some embodiments, as fracturing fluid is pumped into a target geologic formation through a well bore, and as the formation fractures or faults in response to the fracturing fluid being pumped under high pressure therein, seismic wavefronts are generated at points of fracture related to movement of a fluid pressure wave induced by fracturing or other fluids moving through the formation, or the extraction of fluids such as gas and/or oil from the formation, which are detected by surface and/or downhole sensors. Data corresponding to signals generated by the surface and/or downhole sensors are recorded and subsequently analyzed to determine in near real-time the locations of the fractures or faults using skeletonization data processing techniques and methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: Global Microseismic Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Anderson Geiser, Jan Meredith Vermilye
  • Patent number: 7974824
    Abstract: To perform seismic inversion, a model representing a subterranean structure is provided. Simulated seismic data is generated using the model, where the simulated seismic data includes surface-related multiples. The model is iteratively updated based on comparing the simulated seismic data with the observed seismic data collected by a seismic survey.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: WesternGeco L. L. C.
    Inventor: Zhongmin Song
  • Patent number: 7912649
    Abstract: Joint processing of seismic and controlled source electromagnetic (CSEM) surface data is performed by using a common rock physics model which relates reservoir properties (such as porosity, lithology, saturation, and shaliness) to surface seismic AVO (or AVA) data. This allows one to determine how perturbations in the reservoir properties affect surface data. This can be carried out by systematically changing the reservoir properties and examining the effect on the synthetic data. This allows the hydrocarbon type of a reservoir to be established, e.g. oil or gas, as well as the saturation level of the hydrocarbon in the reservoir, which is useful for determining whether the reservoir has a non-commercial, low hydrocarbon saturation or a commercial, high hydrocarbon saturation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: OHM Limited
    Inventors: Peter Harris, Joel Walls
  • 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: 7617053
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and system for processing seismic data. Seismic data indicative of at least a time-dependent seismic trace are transformed into time-frequency domain using the S-transform. The transformed seismic data are processed for determining at predetermined time instances an instantaneous amplitude and a dominant instantaneous frequency. Based on a quotient of the instantaneous amplitude to the dominant instantaneous frequency seismic data indicative of a likelihood of a presence of hydrocarbons are then determined which are then graphically displayed. The method and system for processing seismic data provides a powerful tool for determining the likelihood of a presence of hydrocarbons based on a double peak hydrocarbon signature in the quotient of the instantaneous amplitude to the dominant instantaneous frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Calgary Scientific Inc.
    Inventors: C. Robert Pinnegar, Robert J. McGrory, Robert R. Stewart
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20080130407
    Abstract: Method for identifying one or more fracture clusters in a formation surrounding a reservoir. In one implementation, the method may include generating a P to S image, comparing the P to S image to one or more images from a borehole, and identifying one or more fracture clusters using the P to S image and the borehole images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventor: Azhar Akhtar
  • Patent number: 7376539
    Abstract: A method, article of manufacture, and data set for simulating seismic prestack depth migrated images on the basis of a model of a selected GF-node, without the use of real or synthetic recorded data, provides a very efficient and flexible way to calculate a simulated depth migrated image as a function of parameters such as survey, overburden model, pulse, elastic wavefield, and local reflectivity structure. Important information needed for the method is the scattering wavenumber, calculated for example, by ray methods and other equivalent methods. Complex model geometry can be done in 2-D and 3-D.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Norsar
    Inventor: Isabelle Lecomte
  • Patent number: 6987878
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for creating a combination attribute volume or combo volume by combining one or more attribute volumes into a single volume. For instance, seismic data volumes may be used for creating a combination seismic attribute volume from multiple seismic attribute volumes. This is accomplished by replacing certain of the standard 8-bit data values in a seismic data volume with marker values that denote certain values of other, spatially coincident, seismic attribute data. The resulting combo volume may then be displayed and a seed pick positioned on an event of interest such as a geological body. An auto-picker function or program will then find all the connecting points which will quickly further define the event. The event may then be displayed and interpreted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Magic Earth, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Lees, Tatum M. Sheffield
  • Patent number: 6690820
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for creating a combination attribute volume or combo volume by combining one or more attribute volumes into a single volume. For instance, seismic data volumes may be used for creating a combination seismic attribute volume from multiple seismic attribute volumes. This is accomplished by replacing certain of the standard 8-bit data values in a seismic data volume with marker values that denote certain values of other, spatially coincident, seismic attribute data. The resulting combo volume may then be displayed and a seed pick positioned on an event of interest such as a geological body. An auto-picker function or program will then find all the connecting points which will quickly further define the event. The event may then be displayed and interpreted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Magic Earth, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Lees, Tatum M. Sheffield
  • Patent number: 5329817
    Abstract: A preferred embodiment of this invention is illustrated in FIG. 4 showing an offset and tilted object transducer 50 being rotated about a system axis 51 to sequentially insonify the object from various acute incident angles .theta. to the system axis to provide images of the out-of-focus structures at spaced locations at the hologram detection surface 18 at different spaced times. If the pulse rate of the object transducer is greater than the fusion of the eye, the eye is able to average two or more images into a single perceived image. Likewise, video equipment that receives images at a rate greater than 30 Hertz will average two or more images and display the image at a rate of approximately 30 Hertz. Additionally, external video processing may be utilized to electronically average two or more images electronically to obtain an averaged image at any time constant desired by the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1994
    Assignee: Advanced Imaging Systems
    Inventors: George F. Garlick, Glen C. Dunham
  • Patent number: 5181171
    Abstract: An adaptive, or neural, network and a method of operating the same is disclosed which is particularly adapted for performing first break analysis for seismic shot records. The adaptive network is first trained according to the generalized delta rule. The disclosed training method includes selection of the seismic trace with the highest error, where the backpropagation is performed according to the error of this worst trace. The learning and momentum factors in the generalized delta rule are adjusted according to the value of the worst error, so that the learning and momentum factors increase as the error decreases. The training method further includes detection of slow convergence regions, and methods for escaping such regions including restoration of previously trimmed dormant links, renormalization of the weighting factor values, and the addition of new layers to the network. The network, after the addition of a new layer, includes links between nodes which skip the hidden layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1993
    Assignee: Atlantic Richfield Company
    Inventors: Michael D. McCormack, Alan D. Rock
  • Patent number: 4809240
    Abstract: Method for displaying and interpreting seismic data. Recorded seismic data is used to produce a stereo pair of perspective plots of seismic section for selected areas of the seismic data. The pair of perspective plots are used to produce a stereoscopic view of the seismic section. Examination of the stereoscopic view of the seismic section permits the identification of geological characteristics indicative of possible hydrocarbon deposits, including positive geophysical characteristics which would not be identifiable by examination of a single perspective plot of a seismic section alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1989
    Assignee: Mobil Oil Corporation
    Inventor: Irshad R. Mufti
  • Patent number: 4385301
    Abstract: A passive system and method for enabling the display of an image of the location of emitters of electromagnetic radiation that is effective in the lower portion of the HF band. The system essentially includes an array of antennas for receiving electromagnetic radiation from emitters, and for providing a received signal from each emitter in response to the received radiation; a receiver system coupled to each antenna of the array for measuring the phase and intensity of each received signal, and for providing separate coherent phase signals and amplitude signals that respectively indicate the measured phase and intensity; and a signal processor coupled to the receiver system for processing the coherent phase signals and amplitude signals to provide an image signal for generating an image of the emitters. A display device, such as a cathode ray tube or a graph plotter, is coupled to the signal processor for displaying the image of the location of the emitters in response to the image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1983
    Assignee: General Dynamics Corporation
    Inventors: Gus P. Tricoles, Eugene L. Rope
  • Patent number: 4209853
    Abstract: An arrangement is provided for locating and identifying objects using holographic techniques. Improvements are achieved by array configuration and particularly with the use of a plurality of arrays to provide different types of information related to the same object. In one embodiment, a high resolution narrow field-of-view array is provided in combination with a low resolution wide field-of-view array. The low resolution array resolves the ambiguity for object location and the high resolution array permits object identification; wherein the combination of a high resolution narrow field-of-view array and a low resolution wide field-of-view array provides significant advantages over the conventional high resolution wide field-of-view array.A general purpose high resolution wide field-of-view array may be provided for obtaining desired information. In a mode requiring high computational rates, portions of the general purpose array may be selected to provide specific information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1974
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1980
    Inventor: Gilbert P. Hyatt