We provide well-calibrated VTI velocity models useful to locate microseismic events in the Vaca Muerta shale formation, Neuquén, Argentina. Assuming layered models with weak anisotropy, we make use of the information provided by well logs and perforation shots of known position to estimate the layer velocities, depths and anisotropy. This leads to a constrained nonlinear inverse problem that consists in minimizing the discrepancies between the observed and calculated P and S-wave arrival time differences. To avoid local minima and other convergence issues, we minimize the resulting objective function using very fast simulated annealing (VFSA). We test the proposed strategy on field data and estimate a set of velocity models that honor the observed data, which we validate carrying out a simulated microseismic event location. The results show that the proposed strategy is capable of estimating layered VTI velocity models suitable to accurately locate microseismic events during a hydraulic stimulation in the VacaMuerta shale formation.

Presentation Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Start Time: 9:20:00 AM

Location: Poster Station 15

Presentation Type: Poster

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