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Petrel structural interpretation

Fast, accurate structural interpretation workflow that reduces interpretation uncertainty and delivers a confident, validated structural framework of the subsurface


Petrel™ structural interpretation improves the understanding of structure and delineation of fault and fracture networks through various advanced edge detection and illumination attributes (including ant tracking). Tectonic and depositional relationships can be understood through interactive 2D seismic reconstruction (structural flattening), based on geomechanical principles. Linked with modeling-while-interpretation capabilities, this provides a powerful tool for fast and accurate fault interpretation to reduce interpretation uncertainty and deliver a validated structural framework of the subsurface.

  • Ant-tracking and seismic reconstruction for complex fault-horizon network characterization.
  • Seismic reconstruction with chronostratigraphic sections and quick-look understanding of geomechanical processes.
  • Ant-tracking for detailed characterization of fault and fracture networks
Petrel structural interpretation
Seismic reconstruction with chronostratigraphic sections and quick-look understanding of geomechanical processes.

Detailed reservoir understanding

Advanced edge detection and illumination attribute workflows (including ant tracking) can be used for enhanced structural delineation or as input to fracture modeling. Additionally, interpreters can easily understand the trends of fault surfaces and automatically extract fault patches instead of creating fault surfaces individually and manually—significantly reducing conventional interpretation time.

  • Range of edge detection and illumination attributes, such as amplitude contrast, 3D edge enhancement, edge evidence, dip illumination, and ant tracking for accurate and detailed mapping of discontinuities
  • Advanced horizon waveform tracker and automatic fault tracker for rapid and accurate horizon and fault interpretation
  • Seismic reconstruction via a multihorizon flattening process incorporating erosional surfaces and faults using geomechanical principles
  • Intuitive, quick, and robust tool for seismic reconstruction to reduce geological interpretation uncertainty and help to obtain a confident, validated structural interpretation
  • Geomechanical attributes for QC of the seismic reconstruction process
  • Automatic extraction of fault patches to accelerate the interpretation process
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