Multichannel adaptive deconvolution based on SPEF

October 20, 2022 Examples No comments

An old paper is added to the collection of reproducible documents: Multichannel adaptive deconvolution based on streaming prediction-error filter

Deconvolution mainly improves the resolution of seismic data by compressing seismic wavelets, which is of great significance in high-resolution processing of seismic data. Prediction-error filtering/least-square inverse filtering is widely used in seismic deconvolution and usually assumes that seismic data is stationary. Affected by factors such as earth filtering, actual seismic wavelets are time- and space-varying. Adaptive prediction-error filters are designed to effectively characterize the nonstationarity of seismic data by using iterative methods, however, it leads to problems such as slow calculation speed and high memory cost when dealing with large-scale data. We have proposed an adaptive deconvolution method based on a streaming prediction-error filter. Instead of using slow iterations, mathematical underdetermined problems with the new local smoothness constraints are analytically solved to predict time-varying seismic wavelets. To avoid the discontinuity of deconvolution results along the space axis, both time and space constraints are used to implement multichannel adaptive deconvolution. Meanwhile, we define the parameter of the time-varying prediction step that keeps the relative amplitude relationship among different reflections. The new deconvolution improves the resolution along the time direction while reducing the computational costs by a streaming computation, which is suitable for handling nonstationary large-scale data. Synthetic model and filed data tests show that the proposed method can effectively improve the resolution of nonstationary seismic data, while maintaining the lateral continuity of seismic events. Furthermore, the relative amplitude relationship of different reflections is reasonably preserved.

Continuous time-varying Q-factor estimation method in the time-frequency domain

October 14, 2022 Examples No comments

An old paper is added to the collection of reproducible documents: Continuous time-varying Q-factor estimation method in the time-frequency domain

The Q-factor is an important physical parameter for characterizing the absorption and attenuation of seismic waves propagating in underground media, which is of great significance for improving the resolution of seismic data, oil and gas detection, and reservoir description. In this paper, the local centroid frequency is defined using shaping regularization and used to estimate the Q values of the formation. We propose a continuous time-varying Q-estimation method in the time-frequency domain according to the local centroid frequency, namely, the local centroid frequency shift (LCFS) method. This method can reasonably reduce the calculation error caused by the low accuracy of the time picking of the target formation in the traditional methods. The theoretical and real seismic data processing results show that the time-varying Q values can be accurately estimated using the LCFS method. Compared with the traditional Q-estimation methods, this method does not need to extract the top and bottom interfaces of the target formation; it can also obtain relatively reasonable Q values when there is no effective frequency spectrum information. Simultaneously, a reasonable inverse Q filtering result can be obtained using the continuous time-varying Q values.

Amplitude-adjusted plane-wave destruction

August 8, 2022 Examples No comments

An old paper is added to the collection of reproducible documents: Seismic time-lapse image registration using amplitude-adjusted plane-wave destruction

We propose a method to efficiently measure time shifts and scaling functions between seismic images using amplitude-adjusted plane-wave destruction filters. Plane-wave destruction can efficiently measure shifts of less than a few samples, making this algorithm particularly effective for detecting small shifts. Separating shifts and scales allows shifting functions to be measured more accurately. When shifts are large, amplitude-adjusted plane-wave destruction can also be used to refine shift estimates obtained by other methods. The effectiveness of this algorithm in predicting shifting and scaling functions is demonstrated by applying it to a synthetic trace and a time-lapse field data example from the Cranfield CO$_2$ sequestration project.

Interpolation using plane-wave shaping regularization

August 3, 2022 Examples No comments

An old paper is added to the collection of reproducible documents: Seismic data interpolation using plane-wave shaping regularization

The problem with interpolating insufficient, irregularly sampled data is that there exist infinitely many solutions. When solving ill-posed inverse problems in geophysics, we apply regularization to constrain the model space in some way. We propose to use plane-wave shaping in iterative regularization schemes. By shaping locally planar events to the local slope, we effectively interpolate in the structure-oriented direction and preserve the most geologic dip information. In our experiments, this type of interpolation converges in fewer iterations than alternative techniques. The proposed plane-wave shaping mave have potential applications in seismic tomography and well-log interpolation.

Variational picking of optimal surfaces

May 24, 2022 Examples No comments

A new paper is added to the collection of reproducible documents: A variational approach for picking optimal surfaces from semblance-like panels

We propose and demonstrate a variational method for determining optimal velocity fields from semblance-like volumes using continuation. The proposed approach finds a minimal-cost surface through a volume, which often corresponds to a velocity field within a semblance scan. This allows picked velocity fields to incorporate information from gathers that are spatially near the midpoint in question. The minimization process amounts to solving a nonlinear elliptic partial differential equation, which is accomplished by changing the elliptic problem to a parabolic one and solving it iteratively until it converges to a critical point which minimizes the cost functional. The continuation approach operates by using a variational framework to iteratively minimize the cost of a velocity surface through successively less-smoothed semblance scans. The method works because a global minimum for the velocity cost functional can only exist when the semblance scan varies smoothly in space and convexly in the parameter being scanned. Using a discretization of the functional with a limited-memory Broyden-Fletcher-Goldfarb-Shanno (L-BFGS) algorithm we illustrate how the continuation approach is able to avoid local minima that would typically capture the iterative solution of an optimal velocity field determined without continuation. Incorporating continuation enables us to find a lower cost final model which is used for seismic processing of a field data set from the Viking Graben. We then utilize a field data set from the Gulf of Mexico to show how the final velocity model determined by the method employing continuation is largely independent of the starting velocity model, producing something resembling a global minimum. Finally, we illustrate the versatility of the variational picking approach by demonstrating how it may be used for automatic interpretation of a seismic horizon from the Heidrun Field.

Wave-equation time migration

May 23, 2022 Examples No comments

A new paper is added to the collection of reproducible documents: Wave-equation time migration

Time migration, as opposed to depth migration, suffers from two well-known shortcomings: (1) approximate equations are used for computing Green’s functions inside the imaging operator; (2) in case of lateral velocity variations, the transformation between the image ray coordinates and the Cartesian coordinates is undefined in places where the image rays cross. We show that the first limitation can be removed entirely by formulating time migration through wave propagation in image-ray coordinates. The proposed approach constructs a time-migrated image without relying on any kind of traveltime approximation by formulating an appropriate geometrically accurate acoustic wave equation in the time-migration domain. The advantage of this approach is that the propagation velocity in image-ray coordinates does not require expensive model building and can be approximated by quantities that are estimated in conventional time-domain processing. Synthetic and field data examples demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach and show that the proposed imaging workflow leads to a significant uplift in terms of image quality and can bridge the gap between time and depth migrations. The image obtained by the proposed algorithm is correctly focused and mapped to depth coordinates it is comparable to the image obtained by depth migration.

Probabilistic diffraction imaging

April 29, 2022 Examples No comments

A new paper is added to the collection of reproducible documents: A probabilistic approach to seismic diffraction imaging

We propose and demonstrate a probabilistic method for imaging seismic diffractions based on path-integral imaging. Our approach utilizes oriented velocity continuation to produce a set of slope-decomposed diffraction images over a range of plausible migration velocities. Utilizing the assumption that each partial image in slope is independent enables us to construct an object resembling a probability field from the slope-decomposed images. That field may be used to create weights for each partial image in velocity corresponding to the likelihood of a correctly migrated diffraction occurring at a location within the seismic image for that migration velocity. Stacking these weighted partial images over velocity provides us with a path-integral seismic diffraction image created using probability weights. We illustrate the principles of the method on a simple toy model, show its robustness to noise on a synthetic, and apply it to a 2D field dataset from the Nankai Trough. We find that using the proposed approach creates diffraction images that enhance diffraction signal while suppressing noise, migration artifacts, remnant reflections, and other portions of the wavefield not corresponding to seismic diffraction relative to previously developed diffraction imaging methods, while simultaneously outputting the most likely migration velocity. The method is intended to be used on data which has already had much of the reflection energy removed using a method like plane-wave destruction. Although it suppresses residual reflection energy successfully, this suppression is less effective in the presence of strong reflections typically encountered in complete field data. The approach outlined in this paper is complimentary to existing data domain methods for diffraction extraction, and the probabilistic diffraction images it generates can supplement existing reflection and diffraction imaging methods by highlighting features that have a high likelihood of being diffractions and accentuating the geologically interesting objects in the subsurface that cause those features.

Noniterative f-x-y streaming prediction filtering for random noise attenuation

April 25, 2022 Examples No comments

A new paper is added to the collection of reproducible documents: Noniterative f-x-y streaming prediction filtering for random noise attenuation on seismic data

Random noise is unavoidable in seismic exploration, especially under complex-surface conditions and in deep-exploration environments. The current problems in random noise attenuation include preserving the nonstationary characteristics of the signal and reducing computational cost of broadband, wide-azimuth, and high-density data acquisition. To obtain high-quality images, traditional prediction filters (PFs) have proved effective for random noise attenuation, but these methods typically assume that the signal is stationary. Most nonstationary PFs use an iterative strategy to calculate the coefficients, which leads to high computational costs. In this study, we extended the streaming prediction theory to the frequency domain and proposed the f-x-y streaming prediction filter (SPF) to attenuate random noise. Instead of using the iterative optimization algorithm, we formulated a constraint least-squares problem to calculate the SPF and derived an analytical solution to this problem. The multi-dimensional streaming constraints are used to increase the accuracy of the SPF. We also modified the recursive algorithm to update the SPF with the snaky processing path, which takes full advantage of the streaming structure to improve the effectiveness of the SPF in high dimensions. In comparison with 2D f-x SPF and 3D f-x-y regularized nonstationary autoregression (RNA), we tested the practicality of the proposed method in attenuating random noise. Numerical experiments show that the 3D f-x-y SPF is suitable for large-scale seismic data with the advantages of low computational cost, reasonable nonstationary signal protection, and effective random noise attenuation.

Interpolation using streaming prediction filter in the frequency domain

April 25, 2022 Examples No comments

A new paper is added to the collection of reproducible documents: Seismic data interpolation using streaming prediction filter in the frequency domain

Surface conditions and economic factors restrict field geometries, so seismic data acquisition typically obtains field data with irregular spatial distribution, which can adversely affect the subsequent data processing and interpretation. Therefore, data interpolation techniques are used to convert field data into regularly distributed data and reconstruct the missing traces. Recently, the mainstream methods have implemented iterative algorithms to solve data interpolation problems, which require substantial computational resources and restrict their application in high dimensions. In this study, we proposed the f-x and f-x-y streaming prediction filters (SPFs) to reconstruct missing seismic traces without iterations. According to the streaming computation framework, we directly derived an analytic solution to the overdetermined least-squares problem with local smoothness constraints for estimating SPFs in the frequency domain. We introduced different processing paths and filter forms to reduce the interference of missing traces, which can improve the accuracy of filter coefficients. Meanwhile, we utilized a two-step interpolation strategy to guarantee the effective interpolation of the irregularly missing traces. Numerical examples show that the proposed methods effectively recover the missing traces in seismic data when compared with the traditional Fourier Projection Onto Convex Sets (POCS) method. In particular, the frequency domain SPFs are suitable for high-dimensional seismic data interpolation with the advantages of low computational cost and reasonable nonstationary signal reconstruction.

Interpolation using t-x-y streaming prediction filter

April 25, 2022 Examples 1 comment

A new paper is added to the collection of reproducible documents: Seismic data interpolation without iteration using t-x-y streaming prediction filter with varying smoothness

Although there is an increase in the amount of seismic data acquired with wide-azimuth geometry, it is difficult to achieve regular data distributions in spatial directions owing to limitations imposed by the surface environment and economic factor. To address this issue, interpolation is an economical solution. The current state of the art methods for seismic data interpolation are iterative methods. However, iterative methods tend to incur high computational cost which restricts their application in cases of large, high-dimensional datasets. Hence, we developed a two-step non-iterative method to interpolate nonstationary seismic data based on streaming prediction filters (SPFs) with varying smoothness in the time-space domain; and we extended these filters to two spatial dimensions. Streaming computation, which is the kernel of the method, directly calculates the coefficients of nonstationary SPF in the overdetermined equation with local smoothness constraints. In addition to the traditional streaming prediction-error filter (PEF), we proposed a similarity matrix to improve the constraint condition where the smoothness characteristics of the adjacent filter coefficient change with the varying data. We also designed non-causal in space filters for interpolation by using several neighboring traces around the target traces to predict the signal; this was performed to obtain more accurate interpolated results than those from the causal in space version. Compared with Fourier Projection onto a Convex Sets (POCS) interpolation method, the proposed method has the advantages such as fast computational speed and nonstationary event reconstruction. The application of the proposed method on synthetic and nonstationary field data showed that it can successfully interpolate high-dimensional data with low computational cost and reasonable accuracy even in the presence of aliased and conflicting events.