Technical Paper
Technical Paper

A New Joint Impedance and Facies Inversion

October 22, 2020

Written by: Michael Kemper of Ikon Science and James Gunning of CSIRO


In this paper, we will first review the industry-standard simultaneous inversion method (which derives continuous impedances) and subsequently identify some pitfalls. We will then introduce our new Joint Impedance and Facies Inversion technology (which we call Ji-Fi for short in this paper), which overcomes these pitfalls by recasting the seismic inverse problem as mixed discrete/continuous. Having so captured the correct physics, we apply this first on a wedge model, followed by a case study, before drawing some conclusions. Note that in this paper, it is assumed that the seismic to be inverted is an ensemble of true amplitude partial angle stacks with corresponding wavelets derived from well ties.

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