Velocity model estimation using time-reversal focusing

E. Landa, A. Lellouch

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Abstract

Time reversal (TR) is a fundamental concept, consisting of time-reversing and re-propagating the registered wave-field in order to focus it at its true physical source. We propose a way to estimate the velocity model in a cross-hole survey by focusing the full registered wave-field to its source location after time reversal and back propagation. This approach allows for picking-free velocity analysis as well as the usage of global optimization techniques that are insensitive to the initial velocity model. Using a plane wave approximation of the timereversed data, we significantly reduce computation time and therefore propose a fully automatic and fast procedure for cross-hole velocity model building. We demonstrate the application of the method and its effectiveness on synthetic and field data examples.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication79th EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2017
PublisherEuropean Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, EAGE
ISBN (Electronic)9789462822177
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017
Event79th EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2017: Energy, Technology, Sustainability - Time to Open a New Chapter - Paris, France
Duration: 12 Jun 201715 Jun 2017

Publication series

Name79th EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2017

Conference

Conference79th EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2017: Energy, Technology, Sustainability - Time to Open a New Chapter
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityParis
Period12/06/1715/06/17

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