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Review Paper: A semi-empirical model of strain sensitivity for 4D seismic interpretationNormal access

Authors: C. MacBeth, A. Kudarova and P. Hatchell
Journal name: Geophysical Prospecting
Issue: Vol 66, No 7, September 2018 pp. 1327 - 1348
DOI: 10.1111/1365-2478.12648
Organisations: Wiley
Language: English
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We reformulate the original model of Hatchell and Bourne and Røste, Stovas and Landrø that couples fractional velocity change to subsurface strain via a fundamental constant R. The new model combines elastic compressibility of a dual-porosity system for a sand–shale mixture with horizontal planes of inter-granular weakness. The majority of observed R-factor magnitudes from post-stack 4D seismic data in both the reservoir and overburden can thus be explained. R is predicted to depend strongly on lithology and also initial strain state. The model is also extended to predict the observed angle-dependence of time-lapse time-shifts from pre-stack data. An expression for the gradient of time-shift with incidence angle is obtained in terms of the background VP/VS, and also the ratio of tangential to normal compliances BT/BN representing loss or creation of inter-granular coupling. If accurately estimated from data, this compliance ratio can be used as an additional parameter to assess the post-production state of the overburden. It is concluded that whilst R remains the over-arching parameter controlling the magnitude of time-shifts measured from 4D seismic data, BT/BN is a subtler parameter that may also prove of future value.

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