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Thrustbelt Imaging using RTM using Broadband Point Receiver Measurements- An Example from the UAE

P. van Baaren1, E. Zubay2, C. Cunnell2, G. Mohamed2, A. Zarkhidze2, A. Al Qadi3, and L. Viertel Herrera3

2Crescent Petroleum


Onshore seismic surveys in the Middle East and North Africa benefit from integrated acquisition, data conditioning, and imaging flows designed to handle a wide range of challenging settings. We present the results of such an integrated survey west of the Oman mountains in Sharjah, UAE. The area is characterized by a highly heterogeneous near-surface geology with cultural obstructions, coupled with complex thrust-belt geology with steep dips, allocthonous events, and juxtaposed slow- and fast-velocity formations.

Point-source point-receiver broadband data and wide azimuths and offsets are needed for acquisition in conjunction with a data conditioning and advanced prestack depth migration (PSDM) workflow that takes advantage of these characteristics to build a velocity model that honors the complexity of the geology and wavefield propagation.


AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90188 ©GEO-2014, 11th Middle East Geosciences Conference and Exhibition, 10-12 March 2014, Manama, Bahrain