Paper Summary

We present a case study of the salt model building for a Gulf of Mexico area with a full azimuth (FAZ) dataset that was created by merging two orthogonal 3D wide azimuth (WAZ) surveys, the Kepler and Justice orthogonal WAZ surveys (Figure 1), using the Common Focus Point (CFP) technology (Berkhout, 1997 and Cai et al., 2011). Our results show that the merged full azimuth data keep the benefit of illumination from both original surveys. Both salt boundary image and signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio of imaging beneath the salt bodies are improved while resource cost and run time are significantly reduced as there is only one dataset need to be processed.