Advanced reservoir imaging using frequency-dependent seismic attributes
Funding opportunity number: DE-PS26-04NT15450-2A [Subsurface Imaging] CFDA Code: 81.089 CFDA Title: Fossil Energy Research and Development Area of Interest 2A: Subsurface Imaging Principal Investigator: Fred Hilterman, Distinguished Research Professor 504 Science and Research Bldg 1 Department of Geosciences, University of Houston Houston, TX 77204-5006 Tel.: 713-743-5802 Fax: 713-748-7906 E-mail: fhilterman@uh.edu URL: http://www.geosc.uh.edu/people/faculty/hilterman/index.html


Tad W. Patzek, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 210 Ericsson Building, MC 1716 University of California Berkeley, CA 94720-1716 Tel: 510-643-5834 Fax: 510-642-3805 E-mail: patzek@patzek.berkeley.edu

URL: http://petroleum.berkeley.edu/patzek/index.htm


Advanced reservoir imaging using frequency-dependent seismic attributes
Abstract I. Introduction
A. Benefits

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II. State of Art
A. Physical Modeling B. Field Verification C. Theoretical analysis

III. Proposed Technology
A. Frequency Dependent Reflectivity B. Frequency Dependent Reflectivity Issues C. Frequency Preservation Processing D. Frequency Preservation Issues


IV. Project Management and Facilities
A. Management and Personnel B. Available Equipment and Resources C. Available Oil-Industry Data D. Available Physical Laboratory Models


V. Statement of Project Objectives
A. Objectives B. Scope of Work C. Tasks Theory development Physical modeling Frequency-dependent seismic imaging D. Milestones and decision points Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 E. Deliverables F. Technical transfer Plan G. Budget Request


VI. References



A technology is proposed that quantifies seismic amplitude attributes in terms of reservoir properties such as the rock permeability and fluid viscosity and also increases the accuracy and resolution of the imaged reservoir. The seismic attributes are frequency and incident-angle dependent. The technology also includes target-oriented processing to preserve the frequency content of the propagating wavelet for wide-angle reflections. Our confidence in the proposed approach is supported by several facts. First, we have documented procedures for processing low-frequency seismic reflection data for the accurate delineation of oil reservoirs. Second, we have recently developed an elastic fluid-flow model that accounts for the physical phenomena associated with anomalous low-frequency reflectivity. Besides theoretical calculations, observations from field and laboratory data indicate that reflectivity is strongly related to reservoir flow properties. Finally, results from target-oriented processing of wide-angle reflections show increased resolution and image quality of reservoir heterogeneities over conventional processing. This unique combination of quantified frequencydependent reflectivity measurements and robust frequency processing provides an excellent opportunity for reservoir characterization regarding the location of the most productive zones before drilling a well. Our proposal is to develop an advanced imaging and interpretation technology based on frequency and incident-angle dependent seismic attributes. The proposed work includes

development of theory and processing algorithms, laboratory experiments and verification of results using field data provided by industrial partners. To accomplish these challenging tasks, we have gathered a unique multidisciplinary team including geophysicists, geologists, petrophysicists, reservoir engineers and applied mathematicians.


I. Introduction
The Department of Energy has several focus areas for developing technologies relevant to oil exploration and production. Here, we have a dual proposal to advance the technology of high-resolution seismic imaging and to advance the prediction of reservoir composition based on the frequency and angle-dependent analysis of signals associated with oil and/or gas reservoirs. This proposal is our response to a relatively new and pressing demand for more accurate seismic predictions of fluid-saturation properties and distribution in matrix- and fracture-porosity rocks. By incorporating both 3-D physical and numerical modeling, we expect to evaluate quantitatively the effects of liquid and gas hydrocarbon phases, and to evaluate the impact of the microscopic pore-scale geometry on seismic reflectivity and attenuation at different frequencies. Recently, it has been found that low-frequency seismic signals can be successfully used for accurate delineation of hydrocarbon reservoirs even in cases of very thin fluid-bearing layers. The results of such low-frequency seismic imaging were confirmed by drilling and production data. This frequency dependence of seismic reflections from fluid-saturated porous media has been detected in different geologic environments, both in field and laboratory experiments. Our accumulated experience in frequency-dependent data processing, along with recently obtained theoretical results, lead us to the conclusion that new imaging and interpretation technologies can be developed to improve oil and gas reservoir characterization. In particular, the flow mechanics between the reservoir rock and fluids, such as the reservoir fluid mobility will be characterized. As a means of verifying the technology with real data, processing and interpretation of seismic data from well-documented oil fields will be an important part of our activity. It will include interpretation of 3-D seismic data and generation of seismic attributes. The pre-stack


seismic data will be processed to generate frequency-dependent and angle-dependent attributes (AVO). We will integrate these data to build a geologic reservoir model. The seismic attributes will be calibrated and validated against the geologic model and reservoir parameters determined from petrophysical and engineering data. We expect that analysis of frequency-dependent AVO attributes and low-frequency imaging will lead to more accurate predictions of pore-fluid production by mapping fluid contacts and mobility.

A. Benefits
Most U.S. onshore and continental-shelf oil and gas fields are now mature, and new technologies are needed to extend their production lives. Most large oil companies are focusing their limited research dollars on the international and deep-water capital-intensive projects. Onshore exploration and development is increasingly becoming an arena for small independent oil and gas companies with limited capital and limited experience in developing geophysicsbased technologies. This DOE initiative will enable us to (1) develop new seismic processing and imaging techniques, (2) calibrate the new frequency-dependent seismic attributes with geologic and engineering data from intensely drilled West Texas and Gulf of Mexico fields, (3) develop new tools and methodologies to identify and quantify permeability variation and/or production rate of hydrocarbons, (4) transfer these new technologies to a wide audience of independents, and (5) catalyze re-exploitation of important, but mature, onshore U.S. plays. Two major oil-industry companies are active research participants in this proposal. They are Shell Oil Company and Fairfield Industries, Inc.; Schlumberger also expressed its interest in the proposed research.


II. State of the Art
There are numerous laboratory and field examples where low-frequency components of reflected seismic waves show surprising imaging capabilities. Ironically, such components are often filtered out as useless in conventional data processing. However, as we demonstrate below, this part of the signal contains the most important information about the reservoir.

A. Physical Modeling
We begin with laboratory experiments performed by G.Goloshubin et al., 1996; Goloshubin and Bakulin, 1998; Goloshubin et al., 2002. The laboratory setup is shown in Fig. 1. A 7 mmthick layer of artificial sandstone is squeezed between two thick layers of Plexiglas. Three different portions of the layer were saturated with different fluids as shown in Figure 1a. An acoustic signal was generated by a source on the top of the Plexiglas and the reflection was recorded by a series of receivers. The presence of the fluid-saturated layer is clearly seen as an anomalously high amplitude and phase shift of the reflected signal. Moreover,















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50 kHz

15 kHz

5 kHz

Fig. 1 Physical modeling experimental setup (left panel) for porous layer with different fluid content (air, water, oil) and common offset gather images of reflection from the layer at different frequencies (from Goloshubin et al., 2002). Note the reflection for liquid-saturated layer dominate at low frequencies with an increasing phase delay.


the oil-saturated part is more visible at very low (~5 kHz) frequencies, whereas water and air saturated parts are well detected at 15 kHz and 50 kHz, respectively. These observations cannot be explained by the differences between the layer impedances or by the tuning effect.

B. Field Verification
Now, let us consider three examples of field data processing. In all of them, the

hydrocarbon-rich zones of the reservoir were localized using low-frequency analysis. These zones were confirmed a posteriori by well-production data. The imaging analysis was

performed without well data. Note that conventional methods of data processing could not detect the hydrocarbon zones. The first example demonstrates that oil-rich zones in natural reservoirs augment reflective properties at low frequencies. The data for this example were obtained from the Ai-Pim oil field in the central region of Western Siberia. The log and core measurements in this field indicate the presence of two types of oil reservoirs. The first oil reservoir is at a depth of 2300 m (twt ~ 1.9 s) and consists of a 11 – 15 meters thick productive layer (AC11) of coarse sandy Cretaceous siltstone. Below, there is the second oil reservoir (Ju0), which is 15 – 20 meters thick and consists of fractured bituminous Jurassic argillites. Conventional processing yielded the seismic time cross-section shown in Fig. 2a. The seismic section is of high resolution, which makes it possible to map the local small-amplitude structures and stratigraphic nonconformities. A

comparison of the seismic cross-section and test results shows no correlation between the reflective properties of layers AC11 and Ju0, and the character of fluid saturation. Neither the amplitude nor the shape of the signal changes along the seismic horizon. Fig. 2b shows the result of low-frequency processing with a wavelet transform of 12 Hz. The oil content of both






Fig. 2 A seismic line from Ay-Pim Western Siberia oil field was used to image two different types of oilsaturated reservoirs. The well data indicate that the upper reservoir AC11 consist of an 11-15 m thick sandstone with varying fluid content. The lower reservoir Ju0 is represented by 15-20 m thick fractured shale. There is no evident correlation between well content and high-frequency standard seismic imaging (a). In contrast, the oil-saturated domains of the both sandstone reservoir AC11 and fractured shale reservoir Ju0 create high amplitude low-frequency (<15 Hz) reflections (b). The data for processing and analysis are courtesy of Surgutneftegas.


strata (AC11 and Ju0) is depicted as an amplitude anomaly in the low-frequency component. It should be noted that the lithologic properties of strata AC11 and Ju0 are considerably different. Fig. 2a also shows the locations of the wells, whose production data were used for verification of the imaging. The black circles depict the intervals of successful oil production, whereas the white circles mark the intervals where the produced fluid was mostly water. There is a strong correlation between the locations of the black circles and bright spots on the lowfrequency image Fig. 2b, whereas the locations of the white and black circles are not distinguishable from the point of view of conventional analysis, Fig. 2a. In the second example, a 3 km-deep Jurassic sandstone reservoir is investigated (J1, Fig. 3). The reservoir thickness is approximately 8-10 m with mean porosity of 17-18%. From the 15 available wells, 7 produced oil and 6 produced water. The remaining two wells produced equal mixture of oil and water. Shown are four calibration wells, three of which (76, 91, 95) produced oil whereas the fourth one (9) produced water. In a blind test, the data from the other 11 wells were used only for a posteriori verification of the mapping. Fig. 3 shows a time map of the target horizon J1.

Fig. 3 Structural time map of the reservoir surface with location of 4 calibration wells, three of which (76, 91, 95) produce oil whereas the fourth one (9) produces water. Note a poor correlation between medium structure and fluid.


Fig. 4 A blind test of the ability of frequency-dependent processing and interpretation to map the oilwater contact using the low-frequency part of seismic data. The seismic and well data recorded in Central Siberia. The seismic image shows the difference of low-frequency reflectivity at 12 Hz to the one at 40 Hz centered frequency, the predicted oil-water contact, and the locations of the calibration wells and the wells used for testing purposes. (Goloshubin, et al., 2002)

Fig. 4 shows the results of frequency-dependent processing of this dataset. The seismic imaging map includes the variation of the amplitude of the target reflected wave at a low frequency (12 Hz) relative to the amplitude of the same wave at a high frequency (40 Hz). The imaging results predicted the location of oil-water contact. These results were confirmed by the well data. All wells producing water are outside of the oil-saturated region. The wells with the highest oil production rate (e.g., wells 91 and 86) are found close to the zones of the high deviation of the map attribute at low frequencies. The third example is based on 3D seismic data from the South Marsh Island oil field in the Gulf of Mexico. The reservoir is about 3 km deep. It consists of 8-10 m thick sandstone layer of


porosity about 0.35. The rock permeability is relatively high, 1-2 Darcy. The low-frequency analysis was performed “blindly”. The well locations were provided only after the seismic imaging of the reservoir zones. Even along the same line, the seismic sections of AVO attributes at different frequencies produce different images (Fig. 5a,b).



Fig. 5 The vertical seismic sections present the AVO attributes (intercept x gradient) at both high frequencies (a) and low frequencies (b). The low frequency (10 Hz) AVO attributes section (b) contains a bright anomaly at reservoir depth (twt ~ 2.7 s). The seismic and well data are the courtesy of Fairfield Industries.

There is no visible anomaly displayed in the lower part of the section (Fig. 5a) that represents conventional AVO attributes. In contrast, the low-frequency (10 Hz) AVO attribute section (5b) contains a bright anomaly around the reservoir depth (twt ~ 2.7 s.). Fig. 6 shows an amplitude map of the low frequency AVO attributes along the reservoir surface. The low-frequency AVO attribute map correlates well with the known production.


Fig. 6 Blind test result for the Gulf of Mexico data. The well data indicate that the oil and gas reservoir consists of an 8-10 m thick sandstone at about 3 km depth with porosity about 0.35 and very high permeability (1-2 Darcy). 3D seismic data were used for recognition of the reservoir zones and imaging of the oil saturated areas. The plan view map includes the AVO attributes of low frequency reflectivity at about 10 Hz. Well data show the reservoir saturation and production activity. The seismic and well data for processing and interpretation are the courtesy of Fairfield Industries.

C. Theoretical Analysis
The examples presented above clearly demonstrate that anomalously high-reflection signal at low frequencies cannot be explained with tuning effects. Here we will demonstrate that the high reflection amplitude from a reservoir layer is a consequence of the diffusive character of the wave attenuation in that layer. The low value of the quality factor Q for the low-frequency waves is a characteristic feature of the permeable fluid-bearing layers. Consequently, the amplitudes and the phase delays of the low-frequency reflected waves increase in comparison


with the high-frequency modes (Korneev et al., 2004). The measured values of Q along with their diffusion theory approximations are shown in Fig. 7, where the dry layer produces a smaller attenuation of the signal. It is interesting to note the very low (below 5) values of Q, as well as a very distinctive decrease of Q as the frequency approaches zero.

Fig. 7. Experimental (solid lines) and theoretical (dashed lines) values of apparent Q vs. frequency for air (red) and water saturated (blue) porous material (from Korneev et al., 2004).

Following Korneev et al. (2004), consider a generic scalar wave-propagation equation of the form ∂ 2u ∂u ∂ 2 ∂u 2 ∂ 2u +χ −γ 2 −v =0 ∂t 2 ∂t ∂x ∂t ∂x 2 where u is displacement.


The second term in equation (1) characterizes the diffusive

dissipation, whereas the third one describes the viscous damping. We call the coefficients χ and γ the diffusive and the viscous attenuation parameters, respectively. v is the phase velocity in a non-dissipative medium. Equation (1) has a solution in the form of a harmonic wave
% u = exp(ikx ) exp(−iω t ) ,

% k = k + iα



where ω is the angular frequency, and


vs , q




are the attenuation coefficient and the wave number, respectively. Calculations yield q= ⎞ 1 1 s ⎛ v2 χ − sγ + + ⎜ 2 −γ ⎟ , 2 4 2⎝ ω ⎠


1 ω 2γ + v 2 χ 2 v 4 + ω 2γ 2


At low frequencies, i.e., for ω → 0 one gets

α =κ =

v 2



k 1 = 2α 2


The “apparent” Q depends on frequency as Q = ω / 2 χ . A comparison between the theoretical results and the ultrasonic measurements of Q is presented in Fig. 7. The corresponding values of the attenuation parameters in the air-saturated case were estimated as χ = 12000 Hz and γ = 0.3
m 2 / s , whereas in the water-saturated case, the result was χ = 24000 Hz and γ = 1.0 m 2 / s .

The theoretical curves for both cases are shown in Fig. 8 along with the physical modeling experimental data. The theoretical formulation with diffusive term matches the physical model

Fig. 8. The reflection coefficient ratios (water saturated/dry) vs. frequency: (a) computed from data (red), and theory (blue). The theoretical curve for a half-space is shown in black. Travel time delays (b) of


the wave reflected from a dry layer relative to a water-saturated layer. Experimental data shown in red, the theoretical curve is in blue.

data reasonably well.

At the same time, computations without incorporating the diffusive

attenuation terms do not match the observed frequency dependence. Korneev et al. (2004) and Goloshubin et al. (2001) analyzed the VSP data recorded at a natural gas storage field in Indiana operated by the Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO). This VSP survey was a time-lapse study. Due to gas injection in the summer and withdrawal in the winter, the reservoir fluid changed seasonally between predominantly gas to predominantly water. While the data demonstrated good repeatability, the conventional VSP travel-time measurements interpreted by Daley et al. (2000) did not reveal changes in the reservoir gas saturation. At low frequencies, using frequency-dependent analysis, a clear

signature of the variations in water saturation was detected in the reflected waves (Fig. 9). The spectral amplitude ratios and the travel-time delays in the reservoir reflection are shown as the solid blue lines in Fig. 10. For comparison, the same functions were computed for a timewindow centered at the event, which arrives 100 ms later. Apparently, it is a reflection signal from a boundary located far below the bottom of the reservoir. This reflection event has been transmitted through the reservoir twice before reaching the receivers. The plots in Fig. 10 show a clear frequency-dependent amplitude response. The reservoir reflection amplitude ratio increases as the frequency decreases. Fig. 10 also shows a frequency dependent travel-time delay, which increases as the frequency decreases. The spectral ratio for a later arrival, which was transmitted through the reservoir, increases with the frequency. These results are consistent with the opposite characters of the frequency dependencies for the reflected and transmitted energy.




Tapering windows for selection of the reflected phase

Fig. 9. Upgoing wave fields (a) for 1996 (left) and 1997 (right) reveal the low-frequency changes for reflections from the Trenton dolomite. The zoomed section (b) shows the reflections from the reservoir. Changes are clearly seen in the circled area.


Relative 97- 96 travel time delay [ms]

Target layer reflections Deeper layer reflections


Reflection amplutude 97/96 ratios

Target layer reflections Deeper layer reflections








0.0 10 20 30 40 50

-4 10 20 30 40 50

Frequency [Hz]

Frequency [Hz]



Fig. 10. The reflection amplitude ratios (1997/1996) vs. frequency (a) computed for the target reflection (solid line), and a later phase (dashed line). Also shown are the relative (1997/1996) travel time delays (b) of the target reflection (solid line) and later phases (dashed line). These results agree with theoretical predictions when comparing gas- and water-saturated conditions (Fig. 3).

The fact that reflection, transmission, and attenuation in fluid-saturated solids are frequencydependent was discussed in the literature (Geertsma and Smith, 1961, Dutta and Ode, 1983; Santos et al., 1992; Denneman et al., 2002; Pride et al., 2003). Castagna et al. (2003) report the “low-frequency shadows” associated with hydrocarbons. The authors admit that this can be an artifact of the numerical data processing. We note, however, that such late arrivals of the lowfrequency reflected signal are consistent with the results shown in Figures 8, 10.

III. Proposed Technology

A. Frequency Dependent Reflectivity
Recently, we have obtained an asymptotic representation of the seismic reflection from a fluid-saturated porous medium in the low-frequency domain. It turned out that the frequencydependent component of the reflection coefficient is proportional to the square root of the product of frequency of the signal and the mobility of the fluid in the reservoir.


In our argument, we apply a somewhat nontraditional approach. Namely, we have derived the elastic wave propagation equations in fluid-saturated porous medium from the basic principles of the theory of filtration (Polubarinova-Kochina, 1962; Bear, 1972; Barenblatt et. al., 1990). In particular, we verify that the main poroelasticity equations (Gassmann, 1951; Biot, 1956ab, 1962), and the pressure diffusion equation, which is routinely used in well test analysis (Earlougher, 1977), have the same roots. Below, we briefly overview our derivation and formulate the principle conclusions. The details can be found in (Silin et. al., 2004). Here, we focus only on planar p-waves. Hence, we consider only the one-dimensional displacements of the skeleton and fluid flow. Let t denote time and x, the spatial coordinate. The balance of forces yields the following equation of motion for the coupled rock-fluid system


∂ 2u ∂W 1 ∂ 2u ∂p +ñf = − ∂t 2 ∂t β ∂x 2 ∂x


Here p and ñ f are the pressure and the density of the fluid, and ñb is the bulk density of the fluid-saturated medium, ñb = (1 − φ )ñg + φñ f = ñ + φñ f where φ is the porosity and ñg is the grain density of the reservoir rock. The small u denotes the displacement of the solid skeleton, whereas the capital W is the Darcy velocity of the fluid. The coefficient β is the respective uniaxial elastic coefficient. In equation (6), the Darcy velocity is measured relative to the porous medium, that is, the Darcy velocity in a fixed coordinate system is equal to W − φ
∂u . ∂t

To characterize fluid flow relative to the skeleton, we apply a dynamic version of Darcy’s law. Darcy’s law was originally established for steady-state flow (Darcy, 1856). To account for inertial and non-equilibrium effects in transient flow, we replace Darcy’s law with a relationship


W +τ

∂W κ ∂Φ =− ∂t η ∂x


where τ is a characteristic redistribution time, κ is the permeability of the rock, η is the viscosity of the fluid, and Φ is the flow potential (Hubbert, 1940, 1956). Such a modification of Darcy’s law was proposed by Alishaev (1974) and Alishaev and Mirzadzhanzadeh (1975). In multiphase flow, similar considerations were used to model non-equilibrium effects at the front of water-oil displacement and in spontaneous imbibition (Barenblatt, 1971, Barenblatt and Vinnichenko, 1980), see also Barenblatt et. al. (2003) and Silin and Patzek (2004). Some results on estimation of the relaxation time based on experiments were reported by Molokovich et. al. (1980), Molokovich (1987) and Dinariev and Nikolaev (1990). The relaxation time is a function of the pore-space geometry, fluid viscosity η and compressibility β f . considerations suggest that τ Dimensional

ηβ f F (κ/L2 ) , where L is the characteristic size of an elementary
When the

representative volume of the medium and F is some dimensionless function.

obtained equations are compared with Biot’s wave equations, the time τ and the tortuosity factor (Biot, 1962) are involved in such a manner to suggest that they are linearly related to each other through the reservoir fluid mobility. Thus, accounting for the accelerated motion of the skeleton, we obtain

∂W κ ∂p κ ∂ 2u W +τ =− −ñf η ∂x η ∂t 2 ∂t
Finally, mass conservation can be expressed in the following way:


β ⎞ ∂ 2u ⎛ ⎛ ∂p ∂W + ⎜ φβ f + (1 − φ ) β gf ⎞ =− 1 + (1 − φ ) gs ⎟ ⎟ ⎜ ⎝ ⎠ ∂t ∂x β ⎠ ∂x∂t ⎝



Here, β gs and β gf are, respectively, the coefficients of compressibility of the grains with respect to the variations of the skeleton stress and the fluid pressure. coefficients are close to zero. Equations (6), (8) and (9) form a complete system that can be solved with appropriate initial and boundary conditions. Depending on the assumptions, this system can be reduced either to Biot’s equations (Biot, 1956a, 1962; Dutta and Ode, 1979, 1983), or to the pressure diffusion equation (Muscat, 1937; Barenblatt et. al., 1990). Let us consider propagation of a planar elastic compression wave of an angular frequency In many cases, these two

ω . Note, that within a reasonable range of rock and fluid properties, the dimensionless
parameter ε =

κ ñb ω is small at low (below 1 kHz) seismic frequencies. If we consider the η

reflection of a wave of angular frequency ω from the planar boundary between dry and fluidsaturated elastic media, then the asymptotic (with respect to ε ) expression of the reflection coefficient R has the following form:
R = R0 + R1 (1 + i )

κ ñb ω η


Here R1 and R2 are real coefficients and i is the imaginary unit. The coefficients R1 and R2 are dimensionless functions of the mechanical properties of the fluid and rock, which include the porosity, the densities, and the elastic coefficients. At ε = 0 the absolute value of the reflection coefficient attains its low-frequency maximum. If the relaxation time is large, i.e., τ > 1/ω , then scaling relationship (10) must be replaced with
R = R0 + R1 i − τω

κ ñb ω η



The explicit formulae for the coefficients are given in (Silin et. al., 2004). The obtained results lead to important conclusions and suggest the following action items to be investigated: 1. The reflection coefficient from a plane interface between dry and fluid-saturated rocks is frequency-dependent. 2. At low frequencies, the dependence of the reflection coefficient on the frequency admits an asymptotic representation (10). In particular, this means that the reservoir fluid flow properties can be evaluated based on analysis of the reflection signal. The most

productive reservoir zones can be accurately mapped with the new method proposed here. 3. The proposed theory explains the results obtained in the frequency-dependent analysis of field and laboratory data (Goloshubin et. al., 1996, 2002; Goloshubin and Bakulin, 1998; Goloshubin and Korneev, 2000; Korneev et. al., 2004). 4. The relaxation time is closely related to the tortuosity factor. The values of tortuosity reported in the literature range from one to infinity (Molotkov, 1999). If the tortuosity is large, it enters the asymptotic scaling (11). A rock/fluid classification by the respective characteristic values of the relaxation times and tortuosity will enhance the high-quality delineation of the hydrocarbon reserves and recovery processes. This enhancement will come from characterizing the rock and fluids and from mapping the most productive zones. Recent advances in the modeling of fluid flow at a microscopic scale (Patzek, 2001, Jin et. al., 2003, Silin et. al., 2003a) show how to estimate the tortuosity factor for different types of rocks and different displacement processes.


5. The proposed new imaging technology can be used for tracking propagation of the injected fluid and for investigation of the cap rock integrity in CO2 geologic sequestration projects and at liquid waste disposal sites. 6. The analysis carried out in (Silin et. al., 2004) should be extended to more general situations where the incidental wave is not necessarily normal to the interface. The dependence of the asymptotic relations (10) and (11) on the incident angle should be investigated. 7. The mechanism of reflection leading to relations (10) and (11) is different from the classical tuning effect. However, the role of the reservoir thickness in the frequencydependent reflection analysis should be investigated. 8. The impact of local heterogeneities, such as fractures, on the asymptotic relations (10) and (11) should be taken into account. Recent preliminary studies of diffusive fluid waves propagating in double-porosity and double-permeability media (Silin et. al., 2003bc) suggest that the dependence of the reflected signal on the frequency should have similar, but yet different asymptotics. For the data in Fig. 4, the imaging attribute A( x, y ) was proportional to the first derivative over the frequency of the reflected amplitude at a fixed (low) frequency. This implies that the following relationship: A(x,y) ≈ C (κ/η)1/2 (12)

holds true, and the imaging attribute is therefore proportional to square root of fluid mobility. Using well data we can find the unknown constant C which is a complex function of porous rock parameters. Assuming that the well production rate is proportional to mobility we can compute the theoretical curve for the production rate vs. the imaging attribute. Figure 11 shows the


measured production rates for the oil field from Fig. 4, and the theoretical curve, which was calibrated using just one well data point. The field data and theory correlate quite well.

Fig. 11 The oil production rate vs. the imaging attribute. Data taken from oil field shown on Fig. 4. The theoretical blue line is computed using the low-frequency asymptotic solution (12).
Production rate [m3/day]

135 125


115 105


95 85


75 65


55 45


35 25


15 5
504000 506000 508000 510000 512000 514000 516000 518000 520000

Fig. 12. The oil production rate vs. the imaging attribute. The input data are taken from oil field shown in Fig. 4.


This agreement allows one to convert the attribute map from Fig. 4 into the production rate map. The result is shown in Fig. 12. This map is the first of its kind; it predicts spatial distribution of the productivity of an oil field. The double porosity–double permeability model (Pride and Berryman, 2003ab; Pride et al., 2003) suggests that fracture flow is critical for seismic frequencies, and this dependence can resolve the scaling issues. The presence of fractures also explains the same low-frequency effect observed for reservoirs with negligible pore flow (examples 1 and 2 in Section II B and NIPSCO example in Section II C).

B. Frequency Dependent Reflectivity Issues
It is clear that low-frequency seismic imaging has great potential since it allows the characterization of the subsurface fluid reservoirs in situations when other approaches fail. Still several important problems must be addressed before the robust and effective imaging technology is ready for routine use. These problems are the following: 1. To date, the low frequency imaging approach was applied to only 20 different data sets. It turned out that it worked well in about 75% of the cases, while in other cases the interpretation outcome was uncertain. The limits and conditions of the applicability of the method need to be formulated, so that the imaging procedure can be adapted to each case depending on the situation (geology, data quality, frequency content, etc.). 2. Current imaging procedure needs well data for calibration. Well information can be very helpful, but is not always available. A theory is needed to relate the imaging attributes to reservoir parameters, which might enable us to convert the images into the hydrological reservoir properties in absence of well data.


3. Since the pore sizes are the same, there is a scaling problem that seems to disallow a direct relationship between laboratory and field data. The available theory describes laboratory data, and we have to find how it can be downscaled to seismic frequencies. Several important clues to the solution of this problem come from the fact that the frequency-dependent effect was observed in nonporous but fractured reservoirs. This suggests that fluid flow in fractures might play a major role at low seismic frequencies and the double porosity–double permeability model is critical for seismic frequencies, and this dependence can resolve the scaling issues. 4. In the recently developed theory (Silin et al., 2004) it is shown that the tortuosity of a porous medium might reach values that change the low-frequency asymptotic character of the imaging attribute dependence on the medium parameters. The rock tortuosity varies from 1 to infinity and, therefore, should be studied for different types of porous rocks. Furthermore, it is likely that the fracture tortuosity and permeability dominates the low seismic frequency effects. 5. There is a parameter reduction problem. Biot’s theory and its modifications currently give the most comprehensive descriptions of elastic waves in fluid-saturated porous media. The major problem in application of this theory is the necessity of using about a dozen parameters that describe the porous saturated rock. Most of these parameters are unknown in real situations, creating a high degree of ambiguity in interpreting the data. Some of the parameters, such as fluid mobility, are of special interest in gas and oil prospecting applications. Extraction of those seismic attribute dependencies that are related to the main hydrological parameters is of special importance. The fluid mobility parameter can be retrieved from the seismic reflected signal at low frequencies.


C. Frequency Preservation Processing
The calibration of seismic frequency-dependent reflectivity measurements to reservoir properties is based on the assumption that robust amplitudes are obtained for individual frequency components of the propagating wavelet. However, the frequency content of the seismic wavelet is distorted by conventional data processing with NMO providing the most significant distortion. In a conventional CMP gather, the trace associated with an offset equal to depth has a wavelet frequency that is nominally 12 percent lower than the wavelet frequency associated with the normal-incident reflection. With the introduction of anisotropic NMO

processing, the wavelet frequency content on the very far-offset trace can be almost one-half that of the normal-incident wavelet. This is not an acceptable condition when calibrating loss

mechanisms to reservoir properties as a function of frequency. In addition, AVO attributes are suspect when appreciable NMO stretch is generated. Hilterman and Van Schuyver (2003)

introduced a novel processing scheme based on a migration algorithm that doesn’t perform NMO corrections followed by a target-oriented NMO correction. The CDP gather on the right side of Fig. 13 illustrates the retention of wavelet frequency when target-oriented processing is applied.

Fig. 13. CMP gathers illustrating target-oriented processing (right side) versus conventional processing. The frequency content of the propagating wavelet within the dashed target interval has not been distorted by target-oriented processing.


Besides the preservation of frequency, the quality of the seismic image is improved significantly with target-oriented processing. Figures 14-16 illustrate this point with an obvious improvement in the structural interpretation. The structure shown in Fig. 14 is a faulted anticline and on the angle stack (26°-35°), there is an indication of fault blocks near the apex of the structure. In order to observe the frequency content of the signal, the upper surface of the high amplitude reflection was flattened to a constant time and the result is shown in Fig. 15. The fault location is illustrated with a green line on both the angle stacks.

Fig. 14 Pre-stack time migrated sections with conventional angles (0°-26°) and far-offset angles (26°35°). Structure is faulted anticline with some indication of fault blocks near apex. Potential reservoirs are within the large amplitude band.

With conventional processing, the 35°-50° angle stack has excessive wavelet stretch and the interpretative value of section becomes questionable. However, with target-oriented processing, the 35°-50° angle stack in Fig. 16 exhibits excellent quality. In fact, there are fault blocks illustrated on the 35°-50°angle in Fig. 16 that are difficult to observe in the 0°-16° angle stack. This better definition of faults on oblique reflection data is an expected result once wavelet stretch is removed. With target-oriented processing and interpretation, the reservoir time

horizon is picked first. Then, the final NMO is applied to block shift the offset traces within a CMP gather to the horizon time of the specified CMP gather. Because of the block shift,


interpretation and data analyses are normally limited to a time window about 100 ms on either side of the reservoir event.

Fig. 15. (Top) Conventional 0°-16° angle stack of high-amplitude structure displayed in Fig. 14. Data were flattened to top of structure. (Bottom) Conventional 35°-50° angle stack of high-amplitude structure displayed in fig. 14. The CDP offset ranges in this section contain incident angles beyond critical angle.

Fig. 16. These two sections are similar to those displayed in Fig. 15 except target-oriented processing has been applied.


D. Frequency Preservation Issues
It is clear that NMO stretch needs to be avoided if quantitative analyses of amplitudes as a function of frequency are to be conducted. The target-oriented approach provides an avenue to avoid stretch, however, there are several problems that need to be resolved. 1. Currently, the migration algorithms are designed for 2D processing and need to be expanded to 3D. processing. 2. Processing requires anisotropy in NMO and migration. NMO corrections for very large offset traces are difficult to stabilize in time and suggest that depth imaging should be examined. 3. Target-oriented processing requires the migrated t0 times for the target horizon. Numerous algorithms for interpretation need to be developed to handle this change in processing and interpretation philosophy. No conventional seismic processing software has target-oriented

IV. Project Management and Facilities
A. Management and Personnel
The Department of Geosciences at University of Houston has assembled an integrated team of faculty and research staff including geophysicists, petrophysicists, geologists, and computer scientists, capable of addressing a wide range of problems in seismic imaging and reservoir characterization. ( http://www.geosc.uh.edu/info/research/research.htm) We have gathered a unique multidisciplinary team including geophysicists, geologists, petrophysicists, reservoir


engineers and applied mathematicians from University of Houston, University of California, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Dr. Fred Hilterman, the project PI is Distinguished Research Professor at the Department of Geosciences at University of Houston, and has 40 years experience in R&D and management: http://www.geosc.uh.edu/people/faculty/hilterman/index.html Dr. Tad Patzek, a co-PI on this project, is Professor of Geoengineering at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley. He has 20 years of experience in petroleum-related research in industry and academia. He has studied multiphase flow at microscopic and microscopic scales, worked on the microseismic methods of hydrofracture imaging, on lossy-transmission-line modeling of hydrofracture dynamics, rock damage propagation, etc. Dr. Gennady Globoshubin, Research Professor of Department of Geosciences at the University of Houston, is geophysicist with 30 years experience in seismic experiments, data processing, imaging and interpretation, rock physics and wave propagation. Dr. Robert Wiley, Research Associate Professor of Department of Geosciences at the University of Houston, has worked in the oil industry for over 27 years, with particular expertise in numerical and physical seismic modeling, seismic processing and interpretation, and imaging. Dr. Charlotte Sullivan, Research Assistant Professor of Department of Geosciences at the University of Houston, is a petroleum geologist with 30 years experience in carbonates and the integration of geologic, engineering and geophysical data. Dr. Valeri Korneev, Staff Geological Scientist in Earth Sciences Division (LBNL) where he works since 1991. He has broad theoretical knowledge and experience in seismic wave


propagation theory and data inversion. He is a co-author of several latest publications related to low-frequency effects. Dr. Dmitriy Silin, Associate Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley and Geological Scientist at LBNL. His background is in applied mathematics. His expertise is in single-phase and multiphase flow in porous media, asymptotic analysis of reservoir fluid flow, in modeling of elastic wave propagation in fluid-saturated rocks. This project will provide support and data for MS.- and Ph.D.-level research by graduate students.

B. Available Equipment and Resources
Computational network of the Department of Geosciences at the University of Houston includes a 48-node Xeon Beowulf cluster, and 5 Tbytes of Raid-5 disk linked to a Sun V-880 server and 25 Sparc workstations, and access to a 98-node Sun Starfire supercomputer. The Department of Geosciences has state-of-the-art commercial software in seismic interpretation, processing, imaging, inversion, modeling, visualization, reservoir calibration, and reservoir simulation (URL http://www.geosc.uh.edu/info/research/research.htm#computational). During recent years, a new 2 m x 4 m x 1.5 m physical modeling tank in the basement of Science and Research Building 1 was constructed. This equipment boasts state-of-the-art model calibration and measurement electronics (URL: http://www.agl.uh.edu/research_fac.

shtml#Laboratory). We have recently developed the capability to construct physical models that incorporate heterogeneous, permeable zones, as well as the capacity to inject different fluids and gasses into those zones. Recent developments in the hardware and software controlling the acquisition system enable us to control the frequency of the signal transmitted through the model.


Center of Computational Seismology (CCS) at the Earth Science Division in LBNL has a modern network of computers and a Linux computer cluster with 48 nodes. If needed, LBNL projects can access the local supercomputing center NERSC, and use massively parallel supercomputers. Focus. LBNL has several seismic processing packages including PROMAX and

C. Available Oil-Industry Data
The existing in-house dataset covers 50 km2 of 3-D seismic data from the reservoirs of the Central Basin Platform (Crane County) in West Texas (Figure 17). These reservoirs include deepwater chert-turbidite channels and karsted ramp platform dolomites. The surveys cover datarich mature and super mature oil and gas fields, and are ideally located to test and calibrate frequency-dependent seismic attributes against the porous reservoir model, fractured reservoir model, and double porosity – double permeability reservoir model. The deepwater chert-turbidite reservoirs are Devonian and belong to the Thirtyone Formation. The combined Silurian-Devonian deepwater carbonates and cherts of West Texas and New Mexico have produced over 2 billion barrels of oil equivalent and are still a viable play. The Thirtyone reservoirs have over 500 million barrels of remaining moveable oil. The chert reservoirs consist of a mixture of biogenic shallow-water carbonates and silicious sponge spicules. The cherts extend north of the survey area to southern Andrews County, where they produce from thick tabular beds and thin, continuous channelized deposits (Saller, et al., 2001). These reservoirs, interpreted to proximal to the paleo-shelf margin, are compartmentalized by complex faulting, and are heterogeneous as a result of fracturing, and depositional and diagenetic variability (Montgomery, 1998; Ruppel and Hovorka, 1995). In contrast, thin, vertically stacked, laterally discontinuous chert bodies dominate the reservoirs in the distal, southern part of the


basin, covered by our 3-D surveys. The distal chert reservoirs are compartmentalized by faults and stratigraphic architecture; flow units are thin (3-8 m) and their development appears to be influenced by basin geometry, slope stability, and sea-level cyclicity (Ruppel and Barnaby, 2001).

Crane Co. Seismic data

Fig. 17. Location of the Dollarhide and Crane County Devonian fields of the Central Basin Platform in the Permian Basin. (After Saller et al., 2001)

The second type of reservoir consists of Ordovician and Permian karsted platform carbonates. These reservoirs typically have little porosity expression on wireline logs, but they produce from a combination of low matrix porosity and well-connected fracture systems. The chert reservoirs have up to 40% porosity (generally microporous) and are encased in extremely low porosity (3%) limestones (Fig. 18) In addition to the available West Texas data, Fairfield Industries will provide 3D data from their extensive long-offset seismic-acquisition database. This database covers the shelf area of the Gulf of Mexico from shoreline to 200-ft water depth. There are several questions that need to be resolved before any data from the Tertiary basins of the Gulf of Mexico are re-processed


for attenuation analyses. From previous studies, only 75 percent of the hydrocarbon reservoirs examined had reflections that exhibited anomalous frequency content that suggested an attenuation mechanism. With the possibility of selecting sand reservoirs from AVO

environments in Class 3 to Class 1, a method to qualitatively defined potential reservoir candidates for this study needs to be defined.

Fig. 18. Type log of the Thirtyone Formation. Note the contrasting log signature between the highporosity microporous cherts and the encasing low-porosity limestones. (After Saller et al 2001).

D. Available Physical Model Data
We have two existing models related to our tasks. The first model is a 3D porous channel that was designed to calibrate seismic attributes for time-lapse experiments. The channel model is a sandstone analog built from sintered glass beads (10-mm thickness) and it has a synclinal shape that gradually decreases in thickness near the edge of the model. It is a simple bifurcated channel imbedded between two shale layers. The shale layers were modeled with two different resins. These resins have a Poisson’s ratio of 0.38 and 0.39 for the layers above and the layer below the channel respectively.


The second model represents a 3D fractured carbonate reservoir imbedded in clastic layers. To simulate the anisotropic effects of a fracture swarm, glass microscope slide covers were used. We placed three sets of 50 slides (0.5-mm thick) on edge in sets between two glass blocks. By placing the slides end-to-end with the long edge down, long vertical fractures were simulated. The sets were staggered to prevent the spaces between adjacent slide covers from aligning. This assembly was embedded in resins to simulate the shale layers above and below the fractured reservoir. The material properties of the glass blocks and the glass slide covers are very similar and produce an anisotropic layer that simulates a vertically fractured carbonate.

V. Statement of Project Objectives
A. Objectives
The main objective of this project is the development and application of a new advanced technology of hydrocarbon reservoir imaging supported by a frequency-dependent reflectivity model. Based on this model, we will develop a methodology to determine the reservoir

properties using the frequency dependence of seismic reflections. Also, the low-frequency asymptotic analytical solutions for seismic waves reflected from fluid-saturated layers will be developed and validated. Scalability relations between field and laboratory model parameters will be investigated. The new technology will be validated by processing field data provided by industry partners and comparing the predicted fluid-saturation model to the one derived from well data. Because of the wave-propagation theory is dependent on the seismic frequency content, wide-angle processing of the seismic data will be incorporated.


B. Scope of Work
Recent experiments and specialized processing of seismic data, based on the theory of wave propagation in a double-porosity double-permeability fluid-saturated medium, demonstrate that the frequency dependence of seismic response can be used to not only provide high-resolution hydrocarbon reservoir images, but also predict the reservoir and fluid properties. For prediction of the reservoir and fluid properties, a low-frequency seismic response of the medium plays an important role. We propose to investigate the physical mechanisms that control low-frequency seismic attenuation within the reservoir and frequency-dependent reflectivity of the reservoir zones. We will evaluate and develop the principle concepts of wave propagation in porous, fluid-saturated media taking into account the diffusion waves. We propose to exploit both 3-D physical and numerical modeling approaches in the Proposal. Allied Geophysical Laboratories at University of Houston have recently developed a capability to construct physical models that incorporate heterogeneous, permeable zones, as well as the capacity to inject different fluids and gasses into those zones. Recent developments in the hardware and software controlling the seismic acquisition systems enable control of the frequency of the signal transmitted through the model. 3-D numerical modeling will allow us to evaluate whether some of the frequency-dependent reflection may be associated with the subtle mode conversion and tunneling phenomena associated with thin bed reservoirs. The results of two modeling approaches, using the same AVO and spectral decomposition analysis tools were found to be successful in analyzing 3-D field data. By exploiting both these tools, we expect to quantify the effects of liquid and gas hydrocarbon phases, as well as the effects of reservoir geometry on seismic reflectivity at different frequencies.


The processing and interpretation of real seismic data for well-documented oil fields will be an important part of our activity. Our processes will include the seismic interpretation of 3-D seismic data, and the generation of the seismic attributes. We will integrate these data to build a geologic reservoir model. The pre-stack seismic data will be processed to generate frequencydependent AVO attributes. These attributes will be calibrated against the geologic model and reservoir parameters determined from petrophysical and engineering data, taking into account the principle concepts of wave propagation in porous media, and the results of 3-D physical and numerical modeling. We expect that by frequency-dependent AVO and low-frequency imaging we will be able more accurately to predict fluid products and map fluid contacts and mobility.

C. Tasks
Theory development Task 1. Develop the asymptotic model and governing equations describing the low-frequency wave propagation in fluid-saturated porous and fractured rocks. Investigate the interaction between the solid skeleton and the fluid at the transition between permeable and impermeable zones. Task 2. Describe the reflectivity equations that can be used in frequency-dependent seismic imaging of reservoir properties for the cases of porous (micro porous) rock model, fractured rock model, and double porosity – double permeability model and oblique angle of reflections. Develop the computer codes for numerical modeling. Task 3. Formulate the algorithms and develop computer codes for the frequency-dependent seismic imaging and quantitative analysis of the frequency dependent images.


Physical modeling Task 4. Utilize 3D isotropic porous physical model for investigation of wave attenuation within porous material and frequency-dependent reflectivity of the porous model surfaces. Acquire seismic data with wide frequency band (10-300 kHz) for different offsets over the model filled with air, water, and glycerin. Task 5. Utilize 3D anisotropic fractured physical model for investigation of wave attenuation within fractured material and azimuth- and frequency-dependent reflectivity of the porous model surfaces. Acquire seismic data with wide frequency band (10-300 kHz) for different azimuths and offsets over the model filled with air, water, and glycerin. Task 6. Analyze the attenuation and the frequency-dependent reflectivity for different angles and azimuths of reflections. Verify the numerical modeling and the seismic imaging algorithms by comparison with the physical modeling data. Frequency-dependent seismic imaging Task 7. Reprocess the existing 3D seismic data with preserved amplitudes and frequencies data from intensely drilled West Texas and Gulf of Mexico fields. Estimate seismic attributes. Task 8. Build the geologic models of (1) chert-turbidite (generally microporous) reservoir, (2) carbonate (generally fractured) reservoir of the Devonian age and belonging to the Thirtyone Formation of the Central Basin Platform in West Texas. Generate the frequency-dependent seismic images of the reservoirs. Task 9. Calibrate the frequency-dependent seismic attribute against the geologic models and reservoir parameters determined from petrophysical and engineering data. Map fluid contacts and permeability variation and/or production rate of hydrocarbons for the chert-turbidite reservoir and the carbonate reservoir.


Task 10. Analyze conventional 3D across various GOM hydrocarbon fields from the Fairfield database to develop a qualitative method of predicting reservoirs that are good candidates for frequency-dependent reflections studies. Task 11. Analyze the results. Submit papers for publications. Package reports, publications, algorithms, and software in a digital format.

D. Milestones and Decision Points
Year 1 (10/2004 - 9/2005) • Development of algorithms for low-frequency information extraction from seismic data (UH, LBNL, 10/2004 - 02/2005). • Development of asymptotic model and governing equations describing lowfrequency wave propagation in porous media (UCB, LBNL, 10/2004 - 02/2005). • Tortuosity parameter evaluation for typical porous reservoir rocks (UCB, 10/2004 02/2005). • Numerical and analytical analysis of dependence of reflection amplitudes on tortuosity and formulation of correspondent imaging algorithms (UH, UCB, LBNL, 03/2005 - 09/2005). • Formulation of reflectivity equations, development of algorithms and computer codes for numerical modeling and frequency-dependent seismic imaging for porous permeable layered medium (UCB, LBNL, UH, 03/2005 - 09/2005).


Acquisition of seismic data with different observation system designs for the existing 3D porous channel physical model filled with different fluids (UH, 02/200506/2005).

Reprocessing of the existing 3D seismic data with preserved amplitudes and frequencies. Estimation of the AVO and other seismic attributes (UH, 02/200509/2005).

Construction of the geologic models of the chert turbidite reservoir. Computation of the frequency-dependent seismic images of the reservoirs (UH, 04/2005-09/2005).

Analysis of the results. Preparation of the report (UH, UCB, LBNL, 08/200509/2005).

Year 2 (10/2005 - 9/2006) • Calibration of the frequency-dependent seismic attribute against the geologic models of the chert turbidite reservoir. Mapping of the fluid contacts for the reservoir. Progress of the computer codes for analysis of the frequency-dependent images. (UH, UCB, LBNL, 10/2005-03/2006). • Analysis of the frequency-dependent reflectivity for different angles of reflections. Verification of the numerical modeling and the seismic imaging algorithms by comparison with the physical modeling data (UH, UCB, LBNL, 10/2005-04/2006). • Acquisition of seismic data with different observation system designs for the existing 3D fractured physical model filled with different fluids (UH, 02/2006-06/2006). • Construction of the geologic models of the fractured carbonate reservoir. Estimation of the frequency-dependent seismic images of the reservoir. Progress of the frequency-dependent seismic imaging computer codes. (UH, 03/2006-09/2006)


Analysis of the results. Preparation of the report and papers for publications. (UH, UCB, LBNL, 07/2006-09/2006)

Year 3 (10/2006 - 9/2007) • Development of asymptotic model describing low-frequency wave propagation in double porosity – double permeability media. Formulation of reflectivity equations, development algorithms and computer codes for numerical modeling and frequencydependent seismic imaging of double porosity – double permeability media (UCB, LBNL, 10/2006-02/2007). • Analyzing of the frequency-dependent reflectivity for different azimuths and angles of reflections in double porosity – double permeability media. (UH, UCB, LBNL, 10/2006-02/2007). • Extension of the previous results for the cases of purely fractured fluid-saturated media. Verifying of the numerical modeling and the seismic imaging algorithms by comparison with the physical modeling data (UH, UCB, LBNL, 10/2006-02/2007).. • Calibration of the frequency-dependent seismic attribute against the geologic models of the fractured carbonate reservoir. Mapping of the fluid contacts and permeability variation and/or production rate of hydrocarbons for the fractured carbonate reservoir. Analysis of the results, preparation of the papers and final report (UH, UCB, LBNL, 03/2007-09/2007).

E. Deliverables
1. Low-frequency asymptotic formula for a reflection coefficient of seismic waves for porous fluid saturated layer model (small angle oblique incidence).


2. Low-frequency asymptotic formula for a reflection coefficient of seismic waves for porous fluid saturated half space model. 3. Low-frequency asymptotic formula for a reflection coefficient of seismic waves for double-porosity-double permeability half space model. 4. Low-frequency asymptotic formula for a reflection coefficient of seismic waves for double-porosity-double permeability layer model (small angle oblique incidence). 5. Algorithm of low-frequency component extraction from seismic data 6. Low-frequency fluid mobility imaging algorithm for porous layers and zero-offset amplitude attribute. 7. Low-frequency fluid mobility imaging algorithm for fractured layers and zero-offset amplitude attribute. 8. Low-frequency fluid mobility imaging algorithm for porous layers and AVO attribute. 9. Low-frequency fluid mobility imaging algorithm for fractured layers and AVO attribute. Deliverables will be presented in form of annual reports, SEG Meeting talks and professional papers.

F. Technical Transfer Plan
By the end of each year, a paper will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. The results will be also reported at the annual Society of Exploration Geophysicists Meetings and will be available on the web. The work on the project will be performed in a close contact with the industrial partners: Shell Int. and Fairfield Industries. Upon completion of the project, a workshop for all interested parties will be organized.


G. Budget Request
BUDGET UH UCB LBNL Shell Fairfield Total Year 1 141K 110K 75K 70K 56K 452K Year 2 111K 110K 75K 70K 56K 422K Year 3 58K 70K 50K 70K 56K 304K

Grand total: 1178K University of Houston (UH), University of California at Berkeley (UCB) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) apply for DOE funding (total: 800K). Participation of Shell and Fairfield Industries Inc. staff will be supported by the respective companies as contribution to the project.

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