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Conforming and Non-Conforming Sands, an Organizing Framework for Seismic Rock Properties

Roger A. Young and Robert D. LoPiccolo
eSeis, Inc., Houston, TX

A new classification for AVO, amplitude versus offset, has been proposed to include all possible combinations of near and far trace polarities and amplitudes. This classification admits all sands regardless of the sign of the impedance contrast of the sand with the overlying shale or the direction (positive or negative) of change in impedance contrast with increasing offset.

Previous AVO classifications have assigned gas sands to various classes, one through three, four, or five, depending on the author. Generally, the tops of sands in these classes are characterized by negative Previous HitreflectionNext Hit Previous HitcoefficientsNext Hit or by positive Previous HitreflectionNext Hit Previous HitcoefficientsNext Hit, which become negative with increasing offset. In the new classification these sand classes are defined as conforming types, whereas sands with positive Previous HitreflectionNext Hit Previous HitcoefficientsNext Hit on both near and far offsets or those, which have negative Previous HitreflectionNext Hit Previous HitcoefficientsTop becoming more positive with increasing offset, are described as non-conforming types.

By providing a complete classification of AVO types a solid framework is established for systematically investigating rock and fluid properties, of each of the resulting ten AVO types, with seismic data. An understanding of the characteristics of the two categories of sand types and the variations of AVO response for the different sands within the categories is critical in accurately assessing any geologically interesting property.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90032©2004 GCAGS 54th Annual Convention, San Antonio, Texas, October 10-12, 2004