Challenges and Recent Progress in Seismic Imaging Below Salt

The business of hydrocarbon exploration depends on our ability to make images of the subsurface with acoustic waves. When the subsurface contains complex salt structures this task is difficult. Industry and academia have invested years of R&D to improve the seismic imaging method and these efforts have led to significant progress. Despite that progress, industry is still having difficulty imaging potential hydrocarbon deposits below salt structures. I'll describe the steps that BP took to understand the subsalt imaging problem better and how we designed new data acquisition techniques that are leading to improved subsalt images.

John Etgen, British Petrolium

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