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Illumination Analysis

EarthStudy 360™ Illuminator is an advanced seismic data mining tool that provides a previously unattainable breadth of knowledge about ray propagation in complex areas. It uses an advanced, interactive ray tracing technology that quantifies the relationship between the surface acquisition geometry and subsurface angles in targeted areas.

Launched from 3D Canvas, input for the Illuminator includes the isotropic/anisotropic velocity models and optionally, data acquisition geometry. Easy access through the 3D Canvas also allows Illuminator to benefit from all the features of Paradigm's integrated environment.

Interpreters can generate ray attribute, illumination, and reliability maps to gain knowledge about the quality and integrity of the seismic image. A user who wants to know more about why certain areas have low reliability, has access to an extensive set of tools which deliver that knowledge. The results are displayed in a clear visual manner, simplifying even the most complex set of imaging characteristics.


EarthStudy 360 Illuminator Improves:

Interactivity: Interactive ray tracing is an efficient tool for the study of imaging characteristics for both 2D and 3D surveys, allowing user intervention and QC at any stage in the workflow.

Decision making: An efficient decision-making tool throughout the workflow, from acquisition design to processing, imaging and model-building, all the way to interpretation and analysis. Every group in the organization can use the relevant pieces of information.

Communication: Enables easy communication between interpreters, acquisition specialists and depth imaging teams.


EarthStudy 360 Illuminator features include:

  • Interactive, pencil-based CRP ray tracing (modeling), for the creation of ray attributes which can be used to generate different types of maps on-the-fly.
  • Integration in 3D Canvas, enabling the graphic selection of components (e.g. dip/azimuth/ continuity 3D grids), and structural information (horizons, solids, pencils) for ray tracing.
  • An extensive set of parameters that can be used to measure the reliability of the seismic image.
  • Illuminator window provides a clear picture of ray propagation from subsurface to surface.
  • Batch runs for interpreters working in areas with complex wave phenomena, or for characterizing fractured reservoirs or subsurfaces with AVA(Z) technology.
  • Co-visualization of prestack and poststack data in 3D Canvas; ability to indicate links between the ray path and the seismic events.