Seismic imaging of reservoir flow properties: Time-lapse pressure changesSeismic Imaging of Flow Properties Academic Article uri icon


  • Asymptotic methods provide an efficient means by which to infer reservoir flow properties, such as permeability, from time-lapse seismic data. A trajectory-based methodology, similar to ray-based methods for medical and seismic imaging, is the basis for an iterative inversion of time-lapse amplitude changes. In this approach, a single reservoir simulation is required for each iteration of the algorithm. A comparison between purely numerical and the trajectory-based sensitivities demonstrates their accuracy. Analysis of a set of synthetic amplitude changes indicates that we are able to recover large-scale reservoir permeability variations from time-lapse amplitude data. In an application to actual time-lapse amplitude changes from the Bay Marchand field in the Gulf of Mexico, we are able to reduce the misfit by 81% in 12 iterations. The time-lapse observations indicate lower permeabilities are required in the central portion of the reservoir. © 2004 Society of Exploration Geophysicists. All rights reserved.

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  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Vasco, D. W.

citation count

  • 25

publication date

  • March 2004