Netherlands Offshore F3 Block - Complete

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Country:The Netherlands
Location:Offshore, NorthSea
Coordinates:N 54°52’0.86” / E 4°48’47.07 view in Google Earth
Data Summary3D Seismic Data, Acoustic Impedance, Wells, Horizons
Size:11 GB (uncompressed), 5.8 GB (download)
License: Creative Commons license


Company:dGB Earth Sciences B.V.

F3 Demo Tutorial Exercises

This Self-Study course in an excellent introduction to all aspects of OpendTect and Plugins. The exercises in the manual are specifically written for the F3 demo survey.
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Geological Features

Seismic Sequence Stratigraphy, Channels, Sandwaves, Glacial plowmarks, Surface expressions, Pockmarks, Shalow biogenic gas, Gas Chimneys, Bright spots, Flat spot, Faults, Dewatering Faults, Zechstein Salt dome

Applicable Techniques


  • Spectral Decomposition
  • Energy
  • Similarity


  • Dip-Steering
  • Neural Networks
  • SSIS
  • Spectral Blueing
  • Coloured Inversion

Full survey Description

Survey Location

F3 is a block in the Dutch sector of the North Sea. The block is covered by 3D seismic that was acquired to explore for oil and gas in the Upper-Jurassic – Lower Cretaceous strata, which are found below the interval selected for this demo set. The upper 1200ms of the demo set consists of reflectors belonging to the Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene. The large-scale sigmoidal bedding is readily apparent, and consists of the deposits of a large fluviodeltaic system that drained large parts of the Baltic Sea region (Sørensen et al, 1997; Overeem et al, 2001).
The deltaic package consists of sand and shale, with an overall high porosity (20–33%). Some carbonate-cemented streaks are present. A number of interesting features can be observed in this package. The most striking feature is the large-scale sigmoidal bedding, with text-book quality downlap, toplap, onlap, and truncation structures.


Bright spots are also clearly visible, and are caused by biogenic gas pockets. They are not uncommon in this part of the North Sea. Several seismic facies can be distinguished: transparent, chaotic, linear, shingles. Well logs show the transparent facies to consist of a rather uniform lithology, which can be either sand or shale. The chaotic facies likely represents slumped deposits. The shingles at the base of the clinoforms have been shown to consist of sandy turbidites.

The original F3 dataset is rather noisy. To remove the noise, a dip-steered median filter with a radius of two traces was applied to the data. Within the survey, four vertical wells are present. All wells had sonic and gamma ray logs. Only two wells (F2–1 and F3–2) had density logs. These logs were used to train a neural network that was then applied to the other two wells (F3–4 and F6–1) to predict density from sonic and gamma-ray logs. Porosity in all cases was calculated from density using the formula: Porosity = (2.65 – Density) / (2.65 – 1.05).

Survey parameters

Inline Range100750step 1
Crossline Range3001250step 1
Bin size (m) [inl/xl]2525 
Z Range (ms)01848step 4
Size (km)24 x 16

Available Data

Seismic Data:

  • 1_Original_Seismic.cbvs
  • 2_Steering_BG_Detailed.cbvs
  • 3_Steering_BG_Background.cbvs
  • 4_Dip_steered_median_filter.cbvs
  • 5_ChimneyCube.cbvs
  • 6_Wheeler-stratal-slicing.cbvs
  • 7_AI_Cube.cbvs
  • 8_PorosityCube.cbvs
  • 9_Similarity_on_Original_seismic.cbvs
  • 9–1_Similarity_on_FEF_seismic.cbvs
  • 9–2_Dip-steered_diffusion_filter.cbvs
  • 9–3_Fault_enhancement_filter.cbvs
  • 9–7_Thickness_UVQ6_segment_slice520.cbvs
  • 9–8_UVQ6_Hor_4–8_segment.cbvs
  • 9–92_2D_SSIS.cbvs
  • 9–92_2D_SSIS^01.cbvs
  • 9–92_2D_SSIS.2ds
  • Velocity_model__INT_.cbvs
  • Velocity_model__RMS_.cbvs


  • 10 Thinned Fault Likelihood


  • Demo0 (FS4)
  • Demo1 (MFS4)
  • Demo2 (FS6)
  • Demo3 (Top_Foresets)
  • Demo4 (Truncation)
  • Demo5 (FS7)
  • Demo6 (FS8)
  • Demo7 (Shallow)

Wells and available logs

  • F02–1 (Caliper, Density, GR, P-Wave, Porosity)
  • F03–2 (Density, GR, P-Wave, Porosity)
  • F03–4 (Density, GR, P-Wave, Porosity)
  • F06–1 (Density, GR, P-Wave, Porosity)
  • More Well Info


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