Application of joint elastic impedance inversion in the GD Oilfield

Research paper by Xiaofeng Dai, Lideng Gan, Wenhui Du, Ping Wang

Indexed on: 01 Mar '06Published on: 01 Mar '06Published in: Applied Geophysics


For the complicated reservoir description of the GD oilfield, P-wave and S-wave elastic impedance inversion was carried out using pre-stack seismic data to accurately identify the lithology of the reservoir. The joint inversion was performed using three or more partial stacks to overcome the singularity of post-stack seismic inversion that can not satisfy the requirements of complex reservoir description and to avoid the instability of the inversion result caused by low signal-noise ratio in the pre-stack gather. The basic theory of prestack elastic impedance inversion is briefly described in this paper and, using real data of the GD oilfield, the key steps of angle gather wavelet extraction, horizon calibration, S-wave velocity prediction, and elastic parameter extraction were analyzed and studied. The comprehensive interpretation of multiple elastic parameters determined from log analysis is a key to improving the effect of prestack seismic inversion.