Accessing Horizon Picking Uncertainty using Seismic Complex Trace Attributes

Fernando Jardim, Alexandre Rodrigo Maul, Wagner Moreira Lupinacci


Many uncertainty sources are linked to the reservoir modeling processes, significantly affecting on all phases of the exploration, development, and production phases of an oil & gas field. Structural uncertainty due to velocity models are commonly considered by taking a range of equiprobable domain conversion velocity models and evaluating the related impact on GRV distributions. In contrast, the seismic interpretation inaccuracy is commonly neglected, because the difficulty in quantifying it. This means that seismic mapping is frequently treated as having no variation or having the intrinsically imprecisions assigned arbitrarily. In this work, we propose an objective approach to evaluate the horizon picking uncertainties, which was based on the complex seismic trace attributes extraction considering a previously mapped reference reflector. In real seismic data, phase distortions may arise from a vast bunch of reasons, such as dispersion, attenuation, bandwidth limitations. Thus, the instantaneous phase attribute can be an indicator of uncertainties associated with seismic reflectors interpretation.


phase; distortion; complex trace; attributes

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