Faults & Fractures

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Complete Toolkit for Faults and Fractures

OpendTect Pro supports many attributes, filters and utilities for imaging faults and fractures. We have now combined all these tools in a new commercial plugin called the Faults & Fractures (FF) plugin.

Highlights are new image processing algorithms originating from the Colorado School of Mines. These algorithms produce superior fault imaging and filtering results. In addition, the Faults & Fractures plugin supports tools to automatically extract fault planes, to un-fault data and to compute fracture-specific attributes such as fracture density and fracture proximity.

"I am overwhelmed with the results from F&F plugin, I feel this is far superior than the results from Petrel's AntTrack."
SBR Naik, Ex ONGC, Mumbai, India


The Thinned fault likelihood attribute provides razor-sharp fault images on horizontal slices as well as on vertical sections (Figure 1). This attribute (and/or volume curvature-type of attributes) can be used as input attributes for fracture density and fracture proximity attributes (Figure 2).

This new plugin also comes with a new, edge-preserving smoothing filter. This smoothing algorithm uses Thinned Fault Likelihood attribute as input. It generates seismic volumes with razor-sharp edges that are very well suited for structural interpretation (Figure 3). For further quantitative work milder filters such as the dip-steered median filter are needed.

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Figure 1 Smoothed seismic with Thinned Fault Likelihood attribute overlay.

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Figure 2 Fracture Density (right) and Fracture Proximity (left) attributes computed from Thinned Fault Likelihood attribute.

Faults & Fractures Figure 3

Figure 3 Result of the new smoothing filter (bottom) on seismic data (top). North Sea example.

The Faults and Fractures plugin can also be used to extract Fault planes

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Figure 4 Faults planes extracted from the Thinned Fault Likelihood attribute