An Introduction to: Velocity Model Building

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This book sets-out to give the reader a non-mathematical understanding of the basic principles of migration and of building a velocity model of the earth's subsurface. The intended readership includes anyone who has to work with, or to understand, how contemporary seismic images are created: what are the underlying principles and pitfalls? How is a velocity model typically built and what are the consequences of not getting it right?

Concepts such as uncertainty and non-uniqueness are discussed as are the ways in which these topics translate to risk-reduction and reliability in the final image. The different ways of representing a velocity model are reviewed as are the techniques used for picking velocity and anisotropy related information. A review of the principles of tomography is presented, to familiarize the reader with the techniques that underpin all contemporary velocity...


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Author(s): Ian F. Jones
Pages: 296
Appearance: Softcover
Publication date: 2010
Language: English
ISBN Number: 978-90-73781-84-9
Dimensions: 0
Publisher: EAGE Publications bv

Customer Review

Andreas Rüger

Author Ian Jones is an icon in our industry and a standout in the field of velocity model building. He is known as an excellent speaker and instructor, and I highly recommend putting his name on your “do not miss his talks” list. You can easily pick out Ian’s book on the bookshelf because the vivid colors on its cover (designed by Ian’s wife Gemma) clearly distinguish it from other typical textbooks. The last couple of chapters were among the most interesting that I have seen in any geophysical text, easily making up for the slow beginning. An Introduction to Velocity Model Building is a nice contribution to the geophysical bookshelf of any geophysicist and interpreter. Its highlights are incredible seismic depth-migrated images obtained by innovative and clever velocity modeling and a wide assortment of pragmatic suggestions and advice by an outstanding geophysicist and velocity modeling expert.