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Drop Bear Ultracube™

Drop Bear Ultracube™

The Drop Bear Ultracube comprises the Willem 3D seismic survey in the Carnarvon Basin, and consists of approximately 2,700km2 of broadband PSDM reprocessed 3D data. 

The Willem 3D seismic survey ,originally acquired in 2006 with 8 x 5300m solid streamers, is situated over the present day shelf break, with water depths ranging from 200m to over 1500m. The Tertiary stratigraphy is complex with major erosional channels dissecting the section, creating significant ray path distortion which cannot be adequately addressed with time-domain processing. The detailed velocity model was achieved through 5 iterations of anisotropic tomography, which paired with broadband deghosting, resolved the complex ray path issues and significantly improved the imaging of the Jurassic and Triassic fault blocks. 

The improvements in the imaging allow for much higher confidence in assessing the AVO behaviour in even the most complex overburden cases. 

In addition to this, inversion was carried out by Ikon Science to improve the interpretability of the seismic data. The type of inversion chosen was a facies-based simultaneous inversion (JiFi); whereby, the partial-angle-stack seismic data are inverted simultaneously to elastic rock properties and a most likely facies model. 

Interestingly, the reprocessed DropBear Ultracube data, highlighted the recent Pyxis discovery by Woodside at a stratigraphic level, in which no other discoveries in the region had been identified, proving that significant uplift is attainable by applying state-of-the-art technology to historic data. 

Data is available now. 

Project Parameters

Project Size 2,628km
Processing Details

Processed in Perth, Western Australia 

Key Processing Parameters

Broadband Deghosting 

5 iterations of tomographic PSDM velocity updates 



Final Full Angle Volume (AGC) (in time and depth) 

Final Full Angle Volume (RAW) (in time and depth) 

Filtered and Scaled Relative Amplitude Angle Volumes(Near, Mid, Far, Ultra Far) (in time and depth) 

Seismic Example

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