Paper Summary

In some of the newly explored areas around the world, 3D seismic surveys may not be available. Assessment of the exploration potential and in some cases, even a critical well-drilling decision is dependent upon the availability of existing 2D seismic data. Due to the 3D nature of geologic structures, 2D migrated images may not be accurate due to off-plane 3D effects. To make seismic interpretation easier and help facilitate sound business decision making, producing a 3D seismic image is desirable. Interest has grown in recent years for 3D seismic products derived from 2D survey data. Since the 1980’s and the pioneering work of Lin and Holloway (1988), there has been periodic interest in the generation of dense 3D images from 2D images of suitable quality for interpretive purposes. Given the incredible increase in compute power available today, it is possible to expand upon this foundation utilizing improved algorithms that were simply unaffordable in previous times.