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AAPG Bulletin, Vol. 90 (2006), Program Abstracts (Digital)

7th Middle East Geosciences Conference and Exhibition
Manama, Bahrain
March 27-29, 2006

ABSTRACT: Prestack 3-D TAU Previous HitMigrationNext Hit and Previous HitVelocityNext Hit Previous HitAnalysisNext Hit: Focusing 3-D data from Offshore Abu Dhabi

Tariq Alkhalifah1, Saif Alsharif2, and Kamel Belaid2
1 AGRI, KACST, PO Box 6086, Riyadh, 11442, Saudi Arabia, phone: +966-1-4813323, fax: +966-1-4813523, [email protected]
2ADMA-OPCO, PO BOX 303, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The 3-D data set from offshore Abu Dhabi has suffered from shallow Previous HitvelocityNext Hit anomalies concentrated in center of the surveyed region and above the critical reservoirs area. Previous processing results, that mainly ignored such anomalies, produced images that lacked reflection signatures in that middle critical region. Even those processing methods that have tried to predict the anomaly, but are based on prestack depth Previous HitmigrationNext Hit concept, have failed to focus the image at the center. Thus, we use the inherent stability features of representing the image and all processes prior in the TAU instead of the depth domain to estimate the interval Previous HitvelocityNext Hit model for this 3-D data set. The process is based on prestack 3-D Previous HitmigrationNext Hit Previous HitvelocityNext Hit Previous HitanalysisNext Hit and thus honors the complex inhomogeniety up shallow in that region. The final estimated interval Previous HitvelocityNext Hit model in the TAU domain provided low residuals in the imaged sections from different offsets and agreed well with the four wells located in the area. This Previous HitvelocityNext Hit model also encompassed all the main features of the region like the low Previous HitvelocityNext Hit zone up shallow and the major fault present in the middle of the region. Using the Previous HitvelocityNext Hit model we applied 3 - D prestack TAU Previous HitmigrationNext Hit to the full data as opposed to subsets of the data as done in the Previous HitvelocityTop development stage. As a result of using the TAU domain, we managed focus the image far better than in previous attempts. Using the new images, we managed to identify the location of the major sealing fault, and recognize major structures in the central zone.


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