Target-oriented time-lapse elastic full-waveform inversion constrained by deep learning-based prior model

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Time-lapse (TL) seismic monitoring plays a vital role in reservoir characterization and management. Elastic full-waveform inversion (EFWI) has been applied to time-lapse seismic data to allow for a quantitative estimation of time-varying elastic properties. However, the high-resolution inversion can be computationally intense and ill-posed. To estimate the high-resolution time-lapse changes at a reasonable cost, we utilize two key techniques for the inversion: 1) we develop an elastic redatuming approach to retrieve the virtual elastic data for both base and monitor data at the target level using mainly a kinematically accurate velocity, thus, reducing the computational cost by focusing the high-resolution inversion on the target zone; 2) We integrate high-resolution well information and seismic data in the target-oriented inversion, where a high-resolution prior model is predicted by deep learning to regularize the inversion. A deep neural network (DNN) is capable of learning the mappings between the time-lapse seismic estimation and the facies interpreted from well information after the training process. Thus, we can derive a prior model for time-lapse changes by mapping the facies characterized by the property changes to the target inversion domain. We then implement the target-oriented TLEFWI regularized by the prior model, where the redatumed time-lapse elastic data and the prior model jointly contributes to the inversion result. The numerical examples validate that the proposed approach enables us to retrieve the time-lapse changes of elastic property in the target zone with improved resolution and well consistency.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-1
Number of pages1
JournalIEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
StatePublished - Jun 27 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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