Seismic inversion is routinely used to determine rock properties, such as acoustic impedance and porosity, from seismic data. Nonuniqueness of the solutions is a major issue. A good strategy to reduce this inherent ambiguity of the inversion procedure is to introduce stratigraphic and structural information a priori to better construct the low-frequency background model. This is particularly relevant when studying heterogeneous deepwater turbidite reservoirs that form prolific, but complex, hydrocarbon plays in the Brazilian offshore basins. We evaluated a high-resolution inversion workflow applied to 3D seismic data at Marlim Field, Campos Basin, to recover acoustic impedance and porosity of the turbidites reservoirs. The Marlim sandstones consist of an Oligocene/Miocene deepwater turbidite system forming a series of amalgamated bodies. The main advantage of our workflow is to incorporate the interpreter’s knowledge about the local stratigraphy to construct an enhanced background model, and then extract a higher resolution image from the seismic data. High-porosity zones were associated to the reservoirs facies; meanwhile, the nonreservoir facies were identified as low-porosity zones.
- Received August 30, 2013.
- Revision received February 3, 2014.
- Accepted March 14, 2014.