The Exmouth Plateau is a subsided, stretched and rifted continental platform that forms the northern part of the Northern Carnarvon Basin off Western Australia's northwest coast. The plateau is bound on three sides by oceanic crust and consists of more than eight kilometres of Palaeozoic to Mesozoic sediments (
Structural interpretation from seismic data is one of the most important steps in understanding the subsurface. Geoscientists spend a considerable amount of interpretation time picking faults and horizons from seismic data to understand the subsurface structure. A traditional interpretation workflow, commonplace in the oil and gas industry, is to consecutively investigate separate 2D sections and subsequently combine the interpretations to build a 3D picture. This limits the understanding of the subsurface geology in highly faulted, structurally complex areas.
This study involved the application of a new workflow for producing a structurally validated interpretation on 3D seismic data from the eastern part of the Exmouth Plateau. This workflow incorporates seismic preconditioning, fault framework modelling, structural reconstruction and structural analysis techniques to validate the interpretation ( A new workflow to produce structurally validated interpretations in structurally complex regions.
A new workflow to produce structurally validated interpretations in structurally complex regions.
The framework model also becomes the foundation for geo-cellular modelling and further detailed analysis of dynamic behavior. This ensures the verified structural interpretation is carried throughout the entire exploration and production lifecycle.