Tierra Geophysical Aces SEAM Tests, Advances in FD Seismic Modeling

Tierra Geophysical announced that the Company passed rigorous quality tests for FD modeling algorithms required by SEAM (SEG Advanced Modeling) for its upcoming 3D sub-salt imaging project.

FD Modeling generates synthetic seismic data that can be used to optimize acquisition, processing, interpretation and reservoir characterization before performing the same steps on real data. Optimizing these steps is crucial to achieving accurate information from seismic data.

Commenting on the announcement, Christof Stork, Chief Scientist of Tierra Geophysical, said, "We are pleased to have passed the stringent quality tests the SEAM committee devised to identify potential algorithm vendors. The strict requirements and high standards implemented by SEAM were essential for producing truly accurate, realistic synthetic data. Tierra Geophysical is honored to qualify to bid on this revolutionary project."

The SEAM project aims to generate revolutionary synthetic data through the use of large-scale subsurface data models, numerous realistic features in the model, and high quality algorithm standards. Leading the project is the SEAM consortium, which consists of industry and academic imaging experts organized by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and funded by 24 oil and gas companies.

"Because of the realism of the SEAM model, which is revolutionary, this project can provide our industry with a great deal of insight about the capability and imperfections of current seismic imaging in a realistic setting," added Stork. "In addition, we expect data results will spur further dramatic improvements in seismic acquisition, processing, interpretation, and reservoir characterization understanding. The SEAM project is a demonstration how synthetic data modeling can significantly reduce seismic risk in challenging seismic imaging areas. Tierra’s 20x reduced cost will make it possible to apply the FD seismic modeling process to individual projects to address their specific risks rather than only on general projects."