Objects Versus Layers: The “Diagnostic 3-D Seismic Process”—Earth’s Seismic Duality and a New Process for Imaging, Measuring, and Evaluating Subterranean “Common-Impedance Objects” (e.g., Petroleum Reservoirs)
Edward, VTV, Incorporated,
Studies in Quantum Mechanics teach that nature possesses a Wave/Particle (or Energy/Matter) duality. Theoretical models that ignore either side of nature’s dual personality, would deny the existence of many of today’s most useful devices, such as computers, cell phones, televisions, and lasers. Unlike medical methods that are used to diagnose internal “objects”, current 3D seismic methodology is based on the “layer side” of the Earth’s socalled “Object/Layer Duality”.
By acquiring, processing, and interpreting 3D seismic data using an “object-filled earth” model, many subtle reservoirs can be seismically imaged, measured, and evaluated for the first time. The “Diagnostic 3D Seismic Process” requires accurately known seismic source and detector locations, and the use of available non-seismic information, to construct a D3D-Impedance Time Cube (T’ube). Each D3D-VOXEL is a seismic sample (volumetric PIXEL) whose amplitude is the relative natural logarithm of the acoustic impedance (density-multiplied-by-vertical-compressional-velocity) of the local rock-fluid system. Filling rock pore space with oil or (especially) gas, lowers the acoustic impedance of the system. The D3DSP shows individual, 2 ms D3D-VOXELs (55x55x10ft=0.7acre-feet, or 18x18x0.3m=0.025cubic-meters) in a 10,500-foot(3,180 m) deep, gas-filled reservoir.
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