Lithology constraints from seismic waveforms: application to opal-A to opal-CT transition by Mohammad Maysami B.Sc., Sharif University of Technology, 2005 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF APPLIED SCIENCE in The Faculty of Graduate Studies (Geophysics) THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA February 2008 c© Mohammad Maysami, 2008 Abstract In this work, we present a new method for seismic waveform characteriza- tion, which is aimed at extracting detailed litho-stratigraphical information from seismic data. We attempt to estimate the lithological attributes from seismic data according to our parametric representation of stratigraphical horizons, where the parameter values provide us with a direct link to na- ture of lithological transitions. We test our method on a seismic dataset with a strong diagenetic transition (opal-A to opal-CT transition). Given some information from cutting samples of well, we use a percolation-based model to construct the elastic profile of lithological transitions. Our goal is to match parametric representation for the diagenetic transition in both real data and synthetic data given by these elastic profiles. This match may be interpreted as a well-seismic tie, which reveals lithological information about stratigraphical horizons. ii Table of Contents Abstract . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ii Table of Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii List of Figures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iv Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v Dedication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vi 1 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 Rock-physics model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 2.1 The site percolation model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 2.2 Seismic response of the percolation model . . . . . . . . . . . 6 2.2.1 The seismic source function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 3 Seismic waveform characterization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 3.1 Detection by multiscale analysis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 3.2 Segmentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 3.3 Nonlinear parametric inversion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 3.3.1 Parametric representation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 4 Attribute analysis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 5 Opal-A to opal-CT transition and well-seismic tie . . . . . 22 6 Discussion and Conclusions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Bibliography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 iii List of Figures 1.1 Generalized type of seismic transitions with different singular- ity orders including fractional-orders (left). Corresponding seismic waveform (right) is given by convolving the seismic source function, which is taken to be a Ricker wavelet. . . . . 4 2.1 Schematic Site percolation model. (a) The mixture density profile, ρ = q ∗ ρWP + p ∗ ρSP , versus volume fraction in co-existence region. (b) Corresponding compressional wave velocity (solid line) with a singularity at pc as a function of volume fraction. It is bounded with Reuss and Voigt aver- ages shown in dashed lines. The singularity order was taken to be β = 0.41. (c) Illustration of co-existence region. Black and white ellipsoids show inclusions of SP and WP, respec- tively. At critical volume fraction pc (dashed vertical lines), SP inclusions percolate and an infinite connected cluster is formed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 2.2 Seismic convolution model; (a) Reflection coefficient sequence includes singularities with different signs and orders. (b) Seis- mic source function is taken to be a Ricker wavelet. (c) The convolution of reflection coefficients and seismic source func- tion gives the corresponding seismic trace. . . . . . . . . . . . 8 3.1 A typical example for detection stage of a synthetic seismic trace (a) with k = 11 reflection events. Wavelet coefficients for the signal are plotted in (b) with warm colors correspond- ing to large magnitudes. The vertical and horizontal axes show scale and location, respectively. Modulus maxima lines are shown as dark blue lines where white circles identify the scale and the location for the corresponding events. . . . . . . 12 iv List of Figures 3.2 Partitioning of detected events for the synthetic seismic trace in Figure 3.1. Each individual event (solid waveform) is ex- tracted by using a window function (dashed line with same color) centered at τ (n) and a width proportional σ(n). . . . . 13 3.3 Parameter estimation for an individual event in Fig. 3.2. (a) Initial iteration of parameter estimation for the isolated event where dashed blue line shows windowed event and solid red line shows our guess. (b) Final iteration of parameter esti- mation for the isolated event where the estimated waveform matches the actual event. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 3.4 Characterization results for the synthetic trace in Figure 3.1. (a) Estimated seismic trace is formed by superposition of all characterized events and compared with the original seismic trace. (b) The estimated attributes of events (τ, α) are com- pared to their actual values. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 4.1 Reconstruction of real marine data recorded in west of Shet- lands. (a) Imaged reflection amplitudes. (b) Trace-by-trace reconstruction of real data through superposition of all matched elements of the manifold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 4.2 Estimated attributes for real data given in 4.1(a). The scatter plot of (a) amplitudes of reconstructed events, (b) estimated scale attributes overlays the gray scale imaged section. Warm colors in (a) and (b) show higher amplitudes and larger scales, respectively. The structure of detected events is nicely aligned with reflectors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 4.3 Estimated attributes for real data given in 4.1(a). The scat- ter plot of estimated (a) singularity order, and (b) instanta- neous phase attributes overlays the gray scale imaged section. Warm colors in (a) show less sharp transitions. . . . . . . . . 21 v List of Figures 5.1 The site percolation model for the diagenetic transition of opal-A to opal-CT. Properties for opal-A are taken to be ρ = 1713.90 kg/m3 and Vp = 1889.65 m/s. For opal-CT, density and P-wave velocity are assumed to be ρ = 2006.06 kg/m3 and Vp = 2237.71 m/s, respectively. Density (top left) and P-wave velocity (top right) profile of the transition is de- termined as a function of volume fraction of opal-CT. The velocity, bounded by Reuss and Voigt averages, is showing a switch-like behavior at a critical point. The singularity is clearly visible from derivative of velocity (bottom left), and also preserved in reflection coefficients (bottom right). . . . 24 5.2 Synthetic data generation by convolution model; We estimate seismic source signature from sea bottom by using seismic waveform characterization. By taking an average over recon- structed waveforms for sea bottom seismic reflector, we esti- mate the seismic source function by a parametrized Gaussian waveform where [σ, α, φ] = [2.21,−3.78, 1.55] (top). (bot- tom) Synthetic trace is generated by convolution of reflec- tion coefficients given in Figure 5.1 with the seismic source. Location and shape of the synthetic trace is a function of parameters of the site percolation model. . . . . . . . . . . . 25 5.3 Well-seismic tie. By choosing the appropriate pc value, dia- genetic event is aligned in both synthetic traces (in the mid- dle of section) and neighboring real traces. The detection- estimation method is applied to this semi-synthetic section in order to see how constraints from seismic waveforms fit with the ones from lithology. Estimated (a) singularity orders and (b) phase attributes are matched along the diagenetic event when β = 0.81. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 vi Acknowledgements First and foremost, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my su- pervisor, Dr. Felix J. Herrmann, for his great insight and wise guidance throughout this research project. His serious research attitude will always inspire me all my life. My sincere thanks are also due to Dr. Oldenburg, Dr. Bostock, and Dr. Greif for their constructive suggestions as members of my thesis commit- tee. Their kindness and word of wisdom have always been the sources of enlightenment to me. I am also deeply indebted to Dr.Henryk Modzelewski for his great ad- vice and assistance regarding the computational and technical problems. I am genuinely grateful to other SLIM (Seismic Laboratory for Imaging and Modeling) team members for being there to help with any problems that I encountered while studying there. Their intelligence, persistence and kind- ness made my stay at the University of British Columbia stimulating and enjoyable. My wonderful parents deserve thanks for all the love they have given me and for always being so supportive and proud. I would like to thank my kind and loving sisters, whose altruism and compassion are inspiring. The authors also thank David Wilkinson for constructive discussions about this research. Veritas DGC Company is gratefully thanked for the real datasets. This work was in part financially supported by NSERC Discovery Grant 22R81254 and CRD Grant DNOISE 334810-05 of Felix J. Herrmann and was carried out as part of the CHARM project with support, secured through Chevron. vii To my parents, who taught me how to love and how to be loved. viii Chapter 1 Introduction In this study, we propose a novel method to identify and quantify generalized lithological transitions, as long as their scale is above the seismic wavelength. In this method, we link the seismic waveforms to fractional-order transitions through a parametric waveform inversion process. By using the percolation model proposed by Herrmann and Bernabé (2004), we show that smooth changes (connectivity) in lithology may also give rise to a seismic reflec- tion. Consequently, a wider range of lithological transitions in depositional environments, which is not given by other methods, exists in our model. The primary goals of this study are to answer two general questions: 1) is the waveform quantification coherent with the stratigraphical structure of seismic data; and 2) can we find a direct link between our quantification of seismic waveforms and nature of associated lithological boundaries? A positive answer to these question means that we have a tool, which provides us with increased insight into litho-stratigraphy structure of the subsurface. Seismic surveys are a valuable tool to extract geological structure of the lithological boundaries in the subsurface. However, this method only images seismic reflectors and does not provide precise information on the associated lithological transitions directly. Therefore, there is a crucial step in seismic imaging where observations are translated into models of the Earth struc- ture that are geologically valid. Using these models, we can extract the geological and stratigraphical features of the subsurface. Transitions in the lithology are examples of these geological features, which are mathemati- cally represented by zero-order discontinuities (step functions) or first-order ramp functions in most cases. However, multiscale analysis on well and seismic data (Muller et al., 1992; Herrmann, 1997, 1998) showed that these representations may not be rich enough to describe the different types of transitions present in sedimentary basins. In reality, seismically-observed reflectors correspond to complex lithological changes typically composed of sub-wavelength features or more gradational lithological transitions. Con- sequently, valuable information is lost by assuming these transitions to be given by step or ramp discontinuities. Instead, multiscale analysis on sedi- mentary records revealed the existence of transitions with varying singular- 1 Chapter 1. Introduction ity orders (Herrmann, 1998, 2001; Herrmann et al., 2001; Herrmann, 2005). Singularities are points in a signal at which the derivative is undefined. This generalized type of fractional-order singularity is given by fractionally differentiating/integrating a zero-order discontinuity (see Fig. 1.1(a) for a schematic of fractional-order transitions). Lithological transitions have been studied from various perspectives. However, most of available models for lithological transitions lack a straightforward generalization to fractional- order transitions. Lithological perspective: Classical seismic stratigraphical models (Pay- ton, 1977; Harms and Tackenberg, 1972) represent sub-wavelength lithology variation by multiple zero-order and first-order discontinuities. The sim- plicity of this assumption limits the ability of these models to constrain the lithological structure. In that sense, fractional-order transitions pro- vide a more accurate parametric description to describe acoustic impedance profiles across the transitions by eliminating the superposition of multiple reflectors. In this perspective, variations in the acoustic impedance are in- terpreted as proxies for the lithology, e.g., observed seismic waveforms are through complex-trace attributes related to fining upward or coarsening up- ward sequences as shown in Herrmann et al. (2001). Even though the above extension of transition models is proved to be useful, two important aspects are missing, namely (i) a first principal rock- physical model that predicts the occurrence of fractional-order transitions as a function of a smoothly varying lithology/composition and, (ii) a robust estimation technique, extracting information on the transition order from bandwidth limited seismic traces. In order to make prospect towards these two aspects, we have to include more careful considerations regarding the rock-physical and seismological aspects of our problem. Rock-physical perspective: In this thesis, we look at how changes in the rock-physical properties, such as the rock’s acoustic wave speed and density, are related to the volume fractions of a bi-compositional rock, e.g., a rock consisting of a sand-shale or opal-A/CT mixture. From the rock-physical perspective, transitions are described with their elastic profiles, e.g., velocity and density. In this case, the traditional Hashin-Shtrikman (HS) bounds are used to constrain the elastic moduli (see Hashin and Shtrikman (1962) for more details). Even though these bounds have proved to be useful in describ- ing the overall behavior of binary mixtures, this theory does not predict 2 Chapter 1. Introduction sharp transitions in the rock properties as a function of the composition. By including the important concept of connectivity amongst the two com- ponents of the rock mixture, Herrmann and Bernabé (2004) have introduced a model predicting a critical volume fraction at which the stronger of the two mixing components connects. At that point, the overall strength of the mixture grows with the size of the connected cluster, yielding a fractional- order transition for the seismic velocity. This model (HB model) implies sharp transitions even in cases where the rock’s composition and hence the density vary smoothly. Before transgressing the critical point, the velocities predicted by the HB model follows the lower HS-bound, followed by the occurrence of sudden sharp increase in the velocity, which ends up at the velocity predicted by the upper HS-bound. Seismological perspective: Amongst reflection seismologists, the Earth subsurface is often idealized as a stack of homogeneous layers separated by zero-order discontinuities. This model yields a spiky reflection coefficient sequence for which deconvolution methods have been derived, removing the seismic source signature. Despite recent developments (Saggaf and Robin- son, 2000), earth models consisting of a sparse set of different fractional-order transitions render conventional deconvolution techniques ineffective. In this thesis, we present a two-stage method that handles this more complex situation and during which (i) reflection events are first detected by a multiscale technique deriving from the work by Holschneider (1995), followed by (ii) a nonlinear parametric inversion technique. During the lat- ter, seismic attributes, including the illusive singularity orders, are estimated from seismic waveforms extracted during the multiscale detection. The thesis is organized as follows. First, we introduce the site perco- lation model and discuss the seismic response of this model, which we use as the “rock-physics” forward model. We proceed by presenting a seismic waveform characterization method, which first extracts stratigraphical hori- zons by locating major features in the seismic data and then processes each event with an inversion where it is represented by only a few parameters associated with a parametric waveform. We apply our method to a real data and discuss the results in term of satisfying our expectations. We then aim at recovering the geological details from seismic data by focusing on a diagenetic transition in the data. The percolation model provides us with a synthetic seismic reflector, which is then parametrized and matched to real data. We describe how this tie can provide us with lithological insights from the seismic data. 3 Chapter 1. Introduction 0 200 400 600 800 1000 Transition orders = [ 0. 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1. ] 0.0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.0 A m p lit u d e Transitions (a) 0 200 400 600 800 1000 Time (Sample) -1.0 -0.5 0.0 0.5 1.0 A m p lit u d e Seismic events with Ricker (b) Figure 1.1: Generalized type of seismic transitions with different singularity orders including fractional-orders (left). Corresponding seismic waveform (right) is given by convolving the seismic source function, which is taken to be a Ricker wavelet. 4 Chapter 2 Rock-physics model The Earth’s subsurface consists of layers of different rock properties sepa- rated by transitions. Transitions are regions where the acoustic impedance of the Earth changes rapidly with respect to the seismic wavelength. These sudden variations give rise to the reflection of seismic waves, which creates singularities in the recorded seismic trace. As reported in the literature, while abrupt lithofacies transition give rise to high-order (more sharp) sin- gularities, a more gradual transition leads to low-order (less sharp) singular- ities. Consequently, singularity orders reflect sharpness of the corresponding lithological boundary (Herrmann et al., 2001). Rock physicists try to im- pose these lithological constraints on the elastic properties as a function of composition by using different models. Most of these models, however, generally assume that homogeneous mixing of facies can only give rise to smooth and non-singular elastic properties and the existence of the singu- larities is related to rapid changes in composition only. In recent studies on upper-mantle transitions (Herrmann and Bernabé, 2004), a percolation- based model is proposed, which, unlike the previous models, unravels the sharp changes in seismic velocities across the transitions. Herrmann and Bernabé (2004) predict that the singularity in elastic moduli and hence seismic velocity occurs at a critical volume fraction of end-members of the mixture. The percolation model could explain the nature of various transi- tions from the properties of rocks. Other than excluding the limitations of the existing models as discussed earlier in the introduction, the model also provides the scale invariance. 2.1 The site percolation model The site percolation model assumes a simplified bi-compositional model to represent microscale changes along the boundaries of layers. The facies in this binary mixture are divided into a weak lithofacies at the top and a strong lithofacies in the deeper zone. The weak and strong materials are denoted with WP and SP, respectively. The percolation model applies to the co-existence region where both end-members of the binary mixture are 5 Chapter 2. Rock-physics model involved. We assume the volume fraction of strong and weak material, given by p and q = 1− p, respectively, to depend on the vertical coordinate only. While microscopic inclusions in the co-existence region are randomly distributed (see Fig. 2.1(c)), percolation occurs at a threshold, at which the ∞-cluster of SP inclusions is formed. The percolation threshold pc = p(zc), which corresponds to a critical depth zc is denoted by a vertical dashed line in Figure 2.1. The volume fraction p∗ of the ∞-cluster is given as p∗ = { 0 if p < pc p (p−pc1−pc ) β if p ≥ pc , where β is a positive real parameter related to the percolation model (see Herrmann and Bernabé (2004) for more details). Accordingly, the elastic moduli given by the model contain a singularity of order β. These moduli give rise to a linear gradient for density of the mixture as well as a wave speed profile, which contains a switch-like singularity at pc (see Fig. 2.1(a), 2.1(b)). While other models confine the seismic wave velocity in the Hashin- Shtrikman bounds (Hashin and Shtrikman, 1962), the percolation theory predicts a definite velocity profile within those bounds (Mori and Tanaka, 1973; Benveniste, 1987; Luo and Weng, 1987). In our implementation, we have equivalently replaced these bounds with Reuss and Voigt averages (see Fig. 2.1(b)). The velocity change within these bounds is controlled by pc and β, which are determined by the end-members of the mixture. Consequently, the order β is considered to be independent of the random emplacement of inclusions. 2.2 Seismic response of the percolation model The convolution model is widely used in seismic processing as a simplified model for the Earth response to the propagation of the seismic wave. Based on this model, the recorded seismic trace at the surface can be written as s(t) ∝ (ψ ∗ r)(t), (2.1) where ψ shows the seismic source wavelet and r is the imaged travel-time re- flectivity sequence. Figure 1.1(b) shows various seismic waveforms given by the convolution model in presence of fractional-order transitions. Accord- ingly, what seismic receivers records at the surface, can be thought of as the response of the Earth filtered through the source wavelet. The convolution model uses a simple reflectivity series for modeling the Earth (Yilmaz, 2001) 6 Chapter 2. Rock-physics model 0.0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.0 Volume fraction, p 1400 1450 1500 1550 1600 1650 1700 D e n si ty ( kg /m 3 ) (a) 0.0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.0 Volume fraction, p 1680 1700 1720 1740 1760 1780 1800 V e lo ci ty , V p ( m /s ) Vp RV- RV+ (b) (c) Figure 2.1: Schematic Site percolation model. (a) The mixture density profile, ρ = q ∗ ρWP + p ∗ ρSP , versus volume fraction in co-existence region. (b) Corresponding compressional wave velocity (solid line) with a singularity at pc as a function of volume fraction. It is bounded with Reuss and Voigt averages shown in dashed lines. The singularity order was taken to be β = 0.41. (c) Illustration of co-existence region. Black and white ellipsoids show inclusions of SP and WP, respectively. At critical volume fraction pc (dashed vertical lines), SP inclusions percolate and an infinite connected cluster is formed. 7 Chapter 2. Rock-physics model in which (i) the subsurface is formed by horizontal layers of constant veloc- ity; (ii) the compressional plane seismic wave impinges on layer boundaries at normal incident angles. Given elastic properties along transitions by the site percolation model, we can compute the reflection coefficients of normal incident wave, which are related to changes in acoustic impedance (Yilmaz, 2001). Figure 2.2 shows how this model can be applied to a reflectivity series to generate a seismic trace. Combination of the site percolation model and the convolution model forms a forward model that provokes a clarified relation between transitions’ nature and waveforms in the seismic trace (events that are triggered by transition regions). 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 3000 Time (Sample) -0.8 -0.6 -0.4 -0.2 0.0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.0 A m p lit u d e Reflection coeff. sequence (a) 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 Time (Sample) -0.1 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.3 A m p lit u d e Source wavelet (b) 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 3000 Time (Sample) -0.6 -0.4 -0.2 0.0 0.2 0.4 0.6 A m p lit u d e Seismic Trace (c) Figure 2.2: Seismic convolution model; (a) Reflection coefficient sequence includes singularities with different signs and orders. (b) Seismic source function is taken to be a Ricker wavelet. (c) The convolution of reflection coefficients and seismic source function gives the corresponding seismic trace. 8 Chapter 2. Rock-physics model 2.2.1 The seismic source function In real world, seismic sources are not ideal spikes. Therefore, we need to have a preliminary knowledge of the seismic source wavelet to obtain the seismic response of the percolation model. However, in most geophysical surveys, the seismic source function ψ is unknown. For our purpose, we assume that the seismic source function has finite smoothness and wiggliness. Combining both conditions can allow us to determine the details of the frequency content of the source function. The first condition is to limit the high-frequency content by setting the asymptotic decay rate for high frequencies. This is imposed by∫ R |ψ̂(ω)| |ω|γ dω <∞, (2.2) which means the wavelet is γ-times continuously differentiable, i.e., ψ ∈ Cγ . Here, ψ̂(ω) = ∫ +∞ −∞ ψ(t) e −jωt denotes the Fourier transform of ψ. The second condition requires the wavelet ψ to be orthogonal with respect to some finite-order polynomial,∫ R tq ψ(x) dx = 0 for 0 ≤ q ≤M, (2.3) hence describing its wiggliness. It defines the number of vanishing moments of ψ and rules the differentiability of the Fourier transform at zero frequency. Knowing the source wavelet makes it possible to generate the seismic data using the convolution model. 9 Chapter 3 Seismic waveform characterization Here, our aim is two-fold: finding the locations of the reflectors, i.e., de- lineating the stratigraphy, and extracting information on the nature of the transitions. For this purpose, we represent a vertical 1-D profile of the Earth as a weighted superposition of parametrized waveforms s(t) = ∑ i∈I ci ψ αi σi (t− τi) ejpiφi , (3.1) where t represents time, and ci and φi (0 ≤ φ < 2) are the amplitude and the phase for the ith transition, respectively. Furthermore, ψαiσi (t− τi) shows a translated (τi) and scaled (σi) source wavelet ψ, which is fractionally dif- ferentiated (α < 0) or integrated (α > 0). The seismic source wavelet ψ can be any arbitrary wavelet that satisfies the required conditions listed earlier in the discussion on seismic source functions. The parameters of interest, which we will hereafter refer to as attributes, in this case are the amplitude ci, the location τi, the scale σi, the singularity order αi, and the phase φi. Given the above representation, we present a new method, where the charac- terization problem is divided into two subproblems, namely detection stage, where the main events in the seismic data are located and extracted, and estimation stage, where the attributes for each individual waveform (event) are extracted by a nonlinear parametric inversion. Although we deal with discretized finite signals in our implementation, we use continuous signal notation interchangeably. 3.1 Detection by multiscale analysis The purpose of the detection step is to find the singularities (major events) in the seismic trace. The detection problem does not fit straightforwardly into the classical deconvolution framework due to the existence of fractional- order transitions in the subsurface. The variety of the singularity orders 10 Chapter 3. Seismic waveform characterization calls for a seismic-event-detection technique that does not make specific assumptions regarding the type of the transitions, e.g., spikes as for zero- order discontinuities. The continuous (complex) wavelet transform offers a multiscale edge (point singularity) detection approach (Mallat, 1997) that is robust for different waveforms, reflecting different types of transitions. Other than detecting the main events, this technique serves as a prior estimate for nonlinear parametric inversion. A wavelet is a function ϕ ∈ L2(R) with zero average. The complex wavelet transform of a seismic trace s can be written as a convolution prod- uct Ws(t, σ) = (s ∗ ϕ̄σ)(t), (3.2) where ϕ̄σ(t) = 1√σϕ ∗(−tσ ), and σ ≥ 0 is the scale of wavelet. Here, the symbol ∗ denotes the complex conjugate. In the wavelet domain, the point (t0, s0) such that |Ws(t, σ0)| is locally maximum at t = t0 is referred to as modulus maximum. This maximum implies ∂Ws(t, σ0) ∂t |t=t0 = 0, and should be a strict local maximum in either half- neighborhood of t0 to avoid having several local maxima when |Ws(t, σ0)| is constant. Following Mallat (1997), we define Wavelet transform modulus maxima line (WT- MML) as a connected curve, σ(t), in time-scale plane (t, σ), along which all points are modulus maxima. Singularities (events) are detected by find- ing the maximum point along each modulus maxima line (see Fig. 3.1(b)). These points yield approximate estimates for the scale (= bandwidth) and location of the reflection events. An initial approximation for the phase of the event is also provided by the phase of the complex wavelet coefficients, i.e., arg{Ws(t, σ)}, at these points. This information is then used to build windowing functions used for the purpose of segmentation. 3.2 Segmentation The result of the detection stage is a set of locations, scales, and phases, i.e., {(τ (n), σ(n), φ(n)) | n = 1 · · ·N}, where N is the number of detected maxima. In order to extract the nth detected waveform, we multiply the original seismic trace by a specific window function. The segmented events are given by s(n)(t) = W(τ (n), σ(n))s(t) with n = 1 · · ·N, (3.3) 11 Chapter 3. Seismic waveform characterization 0 200 400 600 800 1000 Time (Sample) -15 -10 -5 0 5 10 A m p lit u d e Seismic trace (a) 0 200 400 600 800 Time (Sample) 0 10 20 30 40 50 S ca le i n d e x Modulus of CWT & MMLs (b) Figure 3.1: A typical example for detection stage of a synthetic seismic trace (a) with k = 11 reflection events. Wavelet coefficients for the signal are plotted in (b) with warm colors corresponding to large magnitudes. The vertical and horizontal axes show scale and location, respectively. Modulus maxima lines are shown as dark blue lines where white circles identify the scale and the location for the corresponding events. 12 Chapter 3. Seismic waveform characterization where W(.) is the windowing operator centered at τ (n), and has a support proportional to σ(n) (see Fig. 3.2). The outputs of this procedure are N signals with ‘isolated’ events. Even though this segmentation procedure is somewhat arbitrary (e.g. it depends on a width parameter), we found this method to perform reasonably well for cases where inter-event distances are large enough (see Dossal and Mallat (2005) for more details). Sub-wavelength details are not extracted and are left to the ensuing estimation stage. 0 200 400 600 800 1000 Time (Sample) -15 -10 -5 0 5 10 A m p lit u d e Segmentation of detected events Figure 3.2: Partitioning of detected events for the synthetic seismic trace in Figure 3.1. Each individual event (solid waveform) is extracted by using a window function (dashed line with same color) centered at τ (n) and a width proportional σ(n). 3.3 Nonlinear parametric inversion In order to complete the characterization, we need to estimate attributes for the individual windowed waveforms s(n)(t) given by the detection stage. These isolated events are subjected to a nonlinear parametric inversion, where prior estimates on location, scale, and phase, are provided by the detection stage. To setup this procedure, we first need to refine our math- ematical model for the parametrized waveforms in equation 3.1. We derive our model from a Gaussian bell-shaped waveform. 3.3.1 Parametric representation Each element of the parametric family, also known as a manifold, is given by a fractional derivative/integration of the shifted and scaled Gaussian with some phase rotation. In the time domain, these waveforms are defined by a nonlinear function, fθ : R5 7→ R, given by fθ(t) = Dα ( 1√ 2piσ2 e(t−τ) 2/2σ2 ) ejpiφ, (3.4) 13 Chapter 3. Seismic waveform characterization with θ = [τ, σ, α, φ] the set of parameters and Dα the α-order integration operator. Here, we denote location, scale, singularity order, and phase by τ , σ, α, and φ, respectively. Motivated by the work of Wakin et al. (2005), we can define the manifold as M [θ] = {fθ : θ ∈ Θ}, where Θ is the feasible parameter space. We will later show that M [θ] is a smooth manifold, i.e., it is differentiable with respect to its parameters (θ). We also assume that the relation θ 7→ fθ is a one-to-one mapping. The nonlinear estimation procedure for each windowed waveform s(n)(t) consists of finding the best-matched element of the family, which is equivalent to solving the following minimization problems θ̃(n) = arg min θ∈Θ ∥∥∥s(n) −M [θ]∥∥∥2 2 with n = 1 · · ·N, (3.5) where the objective function represents mismatch residual. Here, θ̃(n) signi- fies the estimated attributes with ˜ symbol denoting the approximation in values. To solve the above optimization problem, the BFGS quasi-Newton method (Nocedal and Wright, 1999; Kelley, 1999) is employed. In quasi- Newton methods, one does not need to compute the second derivatives of the objective function for the Hessian matrix. Instead, the Hessian is updated by analyzing successive gradients. Alternatively, a trust region method with the Levenberg-Marquardt parameter (Kelley, 1999) can be used to solve the minimization problem. As with the BFGS method, trust region methods also require the manifold to be smooth. This requirement suggests for a formulation in the frequency domain where the fractional derivatives are known analytically. The elements of the Gaussian waveform family in the frequency domain are now given by (Blu and Unser, 2003) f̂θ(ω) = (jω) −α/2+φ (−jω)−α/2−φ e− (σ 2ω2) 2 e−jωτ , (3.6) where ω is the frequency. f̂θ(ω) = F(fθ(t)) represents Fourier transform of fθ(t) where F(.) is Fourier operator. One can show that the first two terms, which are responsible for both the fractional differentiation/integration and phase shift, are equivalent to ω−α e(jpiφ). Analytical expressions for partial derivatives of the manifold in the frequency domain are given by ∂ ∂τ f̂θ(ω) = −jω f̂θ(ω), ∂ ∂σ f̂θ(ω) = −σω2 f̂θ(ω), and ∂ ∂α f̂θ(ω) = − ln(ω) f̂θ(ω), ∂ ∂φ f̂θ(ω) = jpi f̂θ(ω). (3.7) 14 Chapter 3. Seismic waveform characterization The gradients for the mismatch error e(n) are then given by J (n) i = ∂e(n) ∂θi = 2 〈 s(n) −M [θ], γθi 〉 with θi ∈ θ, (3.8) where γθi = ∂fθ ∂θi , and 〈., .〉 denotes inner product of two signals. One can also think of J (n)i as the projected estimation error for each parameter. The Jacobian matrix is given by J(n) = {J (n)i : i = 1 · · · 4}. Figure 3.3 shows the parameter estimation results for a single isolated event, where the BFGS method provides an acceptable solution to the min- imization problem after only a few iterations. Figure 3.4 compares the es- timated values of the singularity order with actual values. It also shows the fairly small mismatch between the original trace and the reconstructed trace by superposition of the estimated waveforms. We found the inversion results for the isolated events to be independent of noise below a reasonable level. 0 200 400 600 800 1000 Time (Sample) -0.2 -0.1 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.3 N o rm a liz e d a m p lit u d e Parameter estimation for single event: Initial guess Windowed Event Initial guess (a) 0 200 400 600 800 1000 Time (Sample) -0.2 -0.1 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.3 N o rm a liz e d a m p lit u d e Parameter estimation for single event: Final Iteration Windowed event Estimation (b) Figure 3.3: Parameter estimation for an individual event in Fig. 3.2. (a) Initial iteration of parameter estimation for the isolated event where dashed blue line shows windowed event and solid red line shows our guess. (b) Final iteration of parameter estimation for the isolated event where the estimated waveform matches the actual event. 15 Chapter 3. Seismic waveform characterization 0 200 400 600 800 1000 Time (Sample) -15 -10 -5 0 5 10 15 A m p lit u d e Reconstruction of seismic trace Trace Detection Estimation (a) 0 200 400 600 800 1000 Time (Sample) -3.0 -2.5 -2.0 -1.5 -1.0 -0.5 0.0 S in g u la ri ty o rd e r Error in estimation of singularity orders Estimated Actual (b) Figure 3.4: Characterization results for the synthetic trace in Figure 3.1. (a) Estimated seismic trace is formed by superposition of all characterized events and compared with the original seismic trace. (b) The estimated attributes of events (τ, α) are compared to their actual values. 16 Chapter 4 Attribute analysis To characterize the major singularities in our marine data-set from west Shetlands, the detection-estimation method is applied to each trace of the time-migrated 2-D seismic image individually. The results are summarized in Figures 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3, where the vertical axis corresponds to the two- way travel time and horizontal axis shows lateral position. Although there are trace-to-trace variations, major features in the original image are cap- tured and reconstructed quite accurately (see Fig. 4.1). Figure 4.2(a) shows the modulus of the detected events, which is directly related to correspond- ing reflectors’ strength. Despite the existence of a relatively strong reflection at approximately t = 2.9s (see Fig. 4.2(a)), there is only a slightly difference in the amplitudes of the reconstructed waveforms when compared to the real ones (cf. Fig. 4.1(a) and 4.1(b)). Aside from localized estimates of the reflector strength, our characteriza- tion also provides localized estimates for scale, singularity order, and phase attributes (see Figures 4.2(b) and 4.3). The estimated values of the differ- ent attributes (color code) are plotted in Figures 4.2 and 4.3, overlaying the original seismic image (gray scale). The singularity order predicts the local regularity of the imaged reflectors; the sharper the transition, the more neg- ative the order of singularity. As reported in the literature, the estimated singularity orders only express relative changes in the abruptness of the re- flectors since they contain a contribution of the seismic source wavelet. The contribution is given by α = αsrc + αabs, where αsrc shows the singularity order for the seismic source wavelet and αabs is the absolute singularity or- der associated with the imaged reflectors. As opposed to singularity orders which are relatively insensitive to dispersion (Herrmann and Stark, 2000), estimates for the scale increase for deeper reflections. This observation is consistent with dispersion, which leads to smaller values for scale, i.e., the ratio bandwidth over central frequency (∆ωω0 ). Aside from dispersion effects, changes in the estimated scale also depend on the characteristic scale of the transitions. Finally, the phase attributes correspond to localized estimates for the instantaneous phase. As reported in the literature, this attribute allows us to distinguish between causal (coarsening upwards), anti-causal 17 Chapter 4. Attribute analysis (fining upwards), and lobe-shaped transitions (Dessing, 1997), while esti- mates for the singularity orders help us to discriminate between “thin layer sequences” (−1 ≤ αabs < 0), caused by acoustic impedance variations that return to their initial value and step-like variations (0 ≤ αabs < 1) where the initial and transition values differ. The difference for the corresponding singularity orders can be explained in terms of the well-known bright spots and local phase rotations associated with tuning of sub-wavelength layer thicknesses. In that case, the opposite sign reflectors act as a differentiator effectively, reducing the order of the transition by one. Other than giving us a trust in our characterization method, lateral consistency of attributes along reflectors, as in Figure 4.2(b) and 4.3(a), has also important consequences for the interpretation of geological bound- aries. Variety of estimated singularity orders for different stratigraphical horizons suggests that there exist an aggregation of varying order transitions other than zero-order steps and first-order ramp functions in the sedimentary basin. Additionally, it admits the existence of a link between the attribute values and type of the corresponding transitions. Accordingly, layer bound- aries can no longer be considered as strictly local, as in the case for jump discontinuities. In the next section, we attempt to provide further lithology insights by zooming into the strong reflection event, where the estimated attributes show interesting behavior along the reflector. 18 Chapter 4. Attribute analysis 0 500 1000 1500 Lateral direction (sample) 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 3.0 3.1 3.2 T im e ( s) Real data -12 -8 -4 0 4 8 12 16 20 (a) 0 500 1000 1500 Lateral direction (sample) 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 3.0 3.1 3.2 T im e ( s) Reconstruction of real data -10 -5 0 5 10 15 20 (b) Figure 4.1: Reconstruction of real marine data recorded in west of Shetlands. (a) Imaged reflection amplitudes. (b) Trace-by-trace reconstruction of real data through superposition of all matched elements of the manifold. 19 Chapter 4. Attribute analysis 0 500 1000 1500 Lateral direction (sample) 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 3.0 3.1 3.2 T im e ( s) Characterization of real data (Amplitude) 0.0 2.5 5.0 7.5 10.0 12.5 15.0 17.5 20.0 22.5 (a) 0 500 1000 1500 Lateral direction (sample) 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 3.0 3.1 3.2 T im e ( s) Characterization of real data (Scale) 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.0 (b) Figure 4.2: Estimated attributes for real data given in 4.1(a). The scat- ter plot of (a) amplitudes of reconstructed events, (b) estimated scale at- tributes overlays the gray scale imaged section. Warm colors in (a) and (b) show higher amplitudes and larger scales, respectively. The structure of detected events is nicely aligned with reflectors. 20 Chapter 4. Attribute analysis 0 500 1000 1500 Lateral direction (sample) 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 3.0 3.1 3.2 T im e ( s) Characterization of real data (Singularity orders) -8.0 -7.2 -6.4 -5.6 -4.8 -4.0 -3.2 -2.4 -1.6 -0.8 0.0 (a) 0 500 1000 1500 Lateral direction (sample) 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 3.0 3.1 3.2 T im e ( s) Characterization of real data (Phase) 0.0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.0 1.2 1.4 1.6 1.8 (b) Figure 4.3: Estimated attributes for real data given in 4.1(a). The scatter plot of estimated (a) singularity order, and (b) instantaneous phase at- tributes overlays the gray scale imaged section. Warm colors in (a) show less sharp transitions. 21 Chapter 5 Opal-A to opal-CT transition and well-seismic tie The seismically imaged region in Figure 4.1(a) represents a subsection of the Faeroe-Shetland basin, where a commercial exploration well was drilled for direct lithological calibration in 1999. Analysis of samples taken from the borehole revealed that the strong high-amplitude event, at t = 2.9s in the seismic section, represents a diagenetic event corresponding to the opal-A (Amorphous) to opal-CT (Cristobalite/Tridymite) transition (Davies et al., 2001; Davies and Cartwright, 2002). The primary deposition of opals is largely due to biogenic processes during which minute marine organisms with siliceous skeletons, including sponges, settle to the bottom of sea after dying. The remains of these animals form non-crystalline opal (opal-A). In- terestingly, this form of opal is reported to gradually transform to opal-CT as a result of silica diagenesis, which is due to the increasing overburden pressure in sedimentary rocks. In the second part of our study on the west Shetlands dataset, we are concerned with extracting more information on the lithological characteristics of stratigraphy that we know to exist. In this section, we zoom into the strong reflection present in the seismic im- age that corresponds to the diagenetic transition of opal-A to opal-CT. We will present an example of how these attributes can help us to interpret microscale transitions. The diagenetic reflector starts at approximately t = 2.9s (left) and pro- gresses to t = 2.7s (right). The estimated attributes remain relatively constant along this reflector although the seismic amplitudes vary signifi- cantly. Studies on the cuttings of the well have revealed that the volume fraction of opal-CT changes from 10% to 76% along the boundary (Davies and Cartwright, 2002). Assuming a linear gradient of the volume fraction, we use our site percolation model to build an elastic profile as a function of the volume fraction. For this purpose, elastic properties of opal-A and opal- CT are required as inputs for the percolation model. Since there are no well measurements (sonic and density) available near the diagenetic transition, representative values of elastic moduli for both opal types are taken from 22 Chapter 5. Opal-A to opal-CT transition and well-seismic tie the literature (Guerin, 2000, logs measured in hole 904A). In Figure 5.1, elastic profiles for the transition according to the percola- tion model are depicted, where the modeled singularity is clearly visible in the velocity difference and hence the corresponding reflection coefficient se- quence. Next, a synthetic seismic trace is generated according to the convo- lution model. Because the seismic source signature is unknown, we estimate the seismic source function with an average of sea bottom waveforms. As stated earlier, the seismic source function is modeled by a Gaussian waveform parametrized by [σ, αsrc, φ] = [2.21,−3.78, 1.55] (cf. Eq. 3.6). The location and shape of the modeled seismic event (Fig. 5.2), given by convolution of the reflection coefficients with the source function, is con- trolled by the critical volume fraction pc and singularity order β parameters of the percolation model. This will enable us to make a well-seismic tie, where we associate the singularity order αabs with the β model by applying the detection-estimation method to the semi-synthetic seismic section (see Fig. 5.3(a)). For this purpose, we will try to find the best fit of the at- tributes for the real and synthetic part of the seismic reflector for varying β values. Figure 5.3(a) shows the results with matched orders, which corre- spond to β = 0.81 in the percolation model. The singularity order for the synthetic event (in the middle of section) is perfectly matched to an aver- age value of orders for adjacent real traces. Since αabs and β represent the same attribute from different perspectives, we expect αabs for the diagenetic reflector to have the same value as β. However, there is a slight difference in the values of αabs = α − αsrc = 0.79 and β = 0.81 due to the averaging approximation. Aside from a good match, The values of estimated phase attributes (see Fig. 5.3(a)) for the diagenetic event, which is about zero or 2pi, show the causality of waveform associated with the event. 23 Chapter 5. Opal-A to opal-CT transition and well-seismic tie 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 Volume fraction, p 1700 1750 1800 1850 1900 1950 D e n si ty ( kg /m 3 ) 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 Volume fraction, p 1900 1950 2000 2050 2100 2150 2200 V e lo ci ty ( m /s ) Vp RV- RV+ 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 Volume fraction, p 0.10 0.15 0.20 0.25 0.30 0.35 0.40 d /d p ( V p ) 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 Volume fraction, p 0.09 0.10 0.11 0.12 0.13 0.14 0.15 0.16 R e fl e ct io n C o e ff . Figure 5.1: The site percolation model for the diagenetic transition of opal- A to opal-CT. Properties for opal-A are taken to be ρ = 1713.90 kg/m3 and Vp = 1889.65 m/s. For opal-CT, density and P-wave velocity are assumed to be ρ = 2006.06 kg/m3 and Vp = 2237.71 m/s, respectively. Density (top left) and P-wave velocity (top right) profile of the transition is determined as a function of volume fraction of opal-CT. The velocity, bounded by Reuss and Voigt averages, is showing a switch-like behavior at a critical point. The singularity is clearly visible from derivative of velocity (bottom left), and also preserved in reflection coefficients (bottom right). 24 Chapter 5. Opal-A to opal-CT transition and well-seismic tie 2.70 2.75 2.80 2.85 2.90 2.95 3.00 3.05 Two-way travel time (s) -0.020 -0.015 -0.010 -0.005 0.000 0.005 0.010 0.015 0.020 A m p lit u d e Source Signature 2.70 2.75 2.80 2.85 2.90 2.95 3.00 3.05 Two-way travel time (s) -10 -5 0 5 10 15 A m p lit u d e Seismic Trace (a) Figure 5.2: Synthetic data generation by convolution model; We estimate seismic source signature from sea bottom by using seismic waveform char- acterization. By taking an average over reconstructed waveforms for sea bottom seismic reflector, we estimate the seismic source function by a parametrized Gaussian waveform where [σ, α, φ] = [2.21,−3.78, 1.55] (top). (bottom) Synthetic trace is generated by convolution of reflection coeffi- cients given in Figure 5.1 with the seismic source. Location and shape of the synthetic trace is a function of parameters of the site percolation model. 25 Chapter 5. Opal-A to opal-CT transition and well-seismic tie 0 500 1000 1500 Lateral direction (sample) 2.75 2.80 2.85 2.90 2.95 3.00 T im e ( s) Estimated alpha -8.0 -7.2 -6.4 -5.6 -4.8 -4.0 -3.2 -2.4 -1.6 -0.8 0.0 (a) 0 500 1000 1500 Lateral direction (sample) 2.75 2.80 2.85 2.90 2.95 3.00 T im e ( s) Estimated phase 0.0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.0 1.2 1.4 1.6 1.8 (b) Figure 5.3: Well-seismic tie. By choosing the appropriate pc value, diage- netic event is aligned in both synthetic traces (in the middle of section) and neighboring real traces. The detection-estimation method is applied to this semi-synthetic section in order to see how constraints from seismic wave- forms fit with the ones from lithology. Estimated (a) singularity orders and (b) phase attributes are matched along the diagenetic event when β = 0.81. 26 Chapter 6 Discussion and Conclusions In this thesis, we proposed a new approach to obtain lithological insights from seismic data in which we model a wider class of transitions from both lithological perspective (e.g. transitions from smooth connectivity in com- position) and mathematical representation perspective, i.e., fractional-order discontinuities. This generalization provides us with more accurate and im- proved understanding of the subsurface geology. The waveform characterization implies a representation for the geological record; where the detection stage extracts basic stratigraphy and estimation stage reveals the lithology of the subsurface. The singularity order and phase attributes especially, provide useful information on lithofacies. 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Description | In this work, we present a new method for seismic waveform characterization, which is aimed at extracting detailed litho-stratigraphical information from seismic data. We attempt to estimate the lithological attributes from seismic data according to our parametric representation of stratigraphical horizons, where the parameter values provide us with a direct link to nature of lithological transitions. We test our method on a seismic dataset with a strong diagenetic transition (opal-A to opal-CT transition). Given some information from cutting samples of well, we use a percolation-based model to construct the elastic profile of lithological transitions. Our goal is to match parametric representation for the diagenetic transition in both real data and synthetic data given by these elastic profiles. This match may be interpreted as a well-seismic tie, which reveals lithological information about stratigraphical horizons. |
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