Full Azimuth Imaging Enhances Shale Resource Play Characterization
provides a breakthrough for a comprehensive characterization of shale resource plays. Sectoring approaches are commonly used in seismic exploration to determine the orientation and intensity of stresses and fractures in shale resource plays. In an ideal world, analysis of surface sectored seismic data would be sufficient to characterize and parameterize shales described by horizontal transverse isotropy (HTI). However, overburden effects, poorly sampled data, and poorly resolved data result in unreliable outcomes and interpretations. EarthStudy 360® provides a breakthrough for a comprehensive characterization of shale resource plays. By sampling the subsurface much like a dipole sonic log or borehole image log, EarthStudy 360 enables a rich and thorough characterization with the seismic method without the limitations of surface sectoring.