Technical Publications On Seismic Inversion & Simulated Annealing


Technical Publications


The following papers document the theory behind our Seismic Inversion module Simulated Annealing, as part of InSeis / Kingdom Seismic Inversion.

These papers describe the method of joint inversion demonstrating how both acoustic (P) and shear (S) impedances can be inverted simultaneously using the simulated annealing approach. They serve as an illustration of how the common non-uniqueness of the problem is reduced by constraining the algorithm using priori low-frequency information.

Both synthetic and field data examples are shown to demonstrate the validity of this new technique. The application to synthetic and field data examples helps one recover the true model parameters and reveals good continuity of estimated impedance across a seismic section.

This approach has the capability of revealing the high-resolution detail needed for reservoir characterisation when a reliable migrated image is available with good well ties.  The estimated acoustic and shear impedances can be combined to derive other elastic parameters, which may be used for identifying the lithology and fluid content of reservoirs.



Papers relevant to our software

A Practical Workflow for model-driven Seismic Inversion
– Xin-Quan Ma, First Break, May 2017

A constrained global inversion method using an overparameterized scheme: Application to poststack seismic data
– Xin-Quan Ma, Geophysics, Vol.66 No2 (March-April 2001)

Fast-track ‘coloured’ inversion
– Steve Lancaster *   BP Amoco, Sunbury UK
– David Whitcombe  BP Amoco, Aberdeen UK

More papers from the same author

Simultaneous inversion of prestack seismic data for rock properties using simulated annealing
– Xin-Quan Ma, Geophysics, Vol.67 No6 (Nov-Dec 2002)

Global joint inversion for the estimation of acoustic and shear impedances from AVO derived P- and S-wave reflectivity data
– Xin-Quan Ma, First Break, Volume 19.10, October 2001


We also possess a series of other technical resources that may be useful for you to review that relate to our software

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