3D seismic datasets are growing in size. In addition, oil & gas producers are merging legacy and new datasets into single mega-datasets. These trends pose challenges in terms of both performance and memory requirements. Updating the subsurface model increasingly requires more powerful memory handling and storage capabilities.
In addition to these challenges, the size of the datasets makes it difficult to perform high-resolution calculation, thus preventing tomographic solutions from realizing their full potential.
Furthermore, high modeling and imaging quality is actually the ability to detect smaller-scale geological features, discontinuities and unconformities. Thus, model updates should be performed on the highest resolution grid possible (limited only by the data wavelength).
To address these challenges, the integrated Paradigm 18 exploration and production suite from Emerson’s E&P Software business introduces a high-resolution tomography solution that uses a sophisticated representation of the tomography matrix to help geoscientists handle huge datasets and derive models of very large size and high complexity.
The result is models that are sharper than ever before. These reduce uncertainty and open the door to exciting future capabilities for properly handling the complex shallow parts of the model.
Gali Dekel is the Emerson E&P Software Product Manager for GeoDepth and EarthStudy 360. She has worked for six years as a scientific developer and researcher in the company’s Processing & Imaging division. Gali holds a PhD in Physics from Tel-Aviv University.
From Jim: Visit the Oil & Gas section on Emerson.com for more on exploration and production technologies and solutions. You can also connect and interact with other oil & gas industry experts in the Oil & Gas group in the Emerson Exchange 365 community.
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