Application of frequency-dependent traveltime tomography to 2D Crosswell seismic field data

Jianping Liao, Zhenwei Guo, Hexiu Liu, Shixin Dai, Yanlin Zhao, Lixin Wang, Huazhong Wang, Andrew Hursthouse

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We applied Zelt’s new frequency-dependent traveltime tomography (FDTT) method to 2D crosswell seismic field data from an eastern oil field in China. The FDTT uses the frequency content in the seismic waves in both the forward and inverse modeling steps. Although FDTT only uses a 300 Hz frequency to invert the dataset, the degree of matching between the inverted layers from FDTT and that of a sonic well logging curve is high, which shows that FDTT provides a high resolution reconstruction of subsurface structure through the simple use of the first-arrival traveltime data. The case study demonstrates that the FDTT algorithm is practical and can stand up to the complexities of a real 2D crosswell dataset. Additionally, we show that the FDTT method can create a high resolution long wavelength velocity model.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-426
JournalJournal of Environmental & Engineering Geophysics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


  • tomography
  • seismic data


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