AVO/AVA Analysis

PGS uses a very efficient AVO/AVA workflow that allows for the rapid evaluation of prospectivity over large datasets. The elastic attributes calculated are routinely used as a first step in derisking prospectivity using prestack seismic data.

Based on angle stacks or PSTM/PSDM gathers, we derive a number of AVO/AVA attributes from the seismic data. Some examples of the extracted attributes are:

  • Intercept, gradient/pseudo-gradient
  • Restricted gradient
  • Product
  • Fluid factor
  • Lithology volume
  • Relative P- and S-impedance

PGS' unique workflow, Prospect Scanner, is an effective AVO tool for detecting lithology/fluid anomalies. The workflow combines seismic AVO analysis and inversion technology and derives relative elastic property attributes (P and S wave impedance & Vp/Vs ratio). The workflow manages the inversion of large seismic volumes, making it an excellent regional lithology/fluid screening tool.

Benefits of Prospect Scanner for AVO

  • Identifies fluid and lithology facies through stratigraphic elastic attributes
  • Integrates interpretation, petrophysical analysis, and reservoir oriented processing
  • Permits rapid analysis of prospective areas including volumetric estimates of recoverable oil and gas reserves

The workflow is further enhanced by employing a true amplitude preservation processing sequence (pre-stack time and depth).


Deepwater channel systemsDeepwater channel systems imaged on P-impedance inversion of a dataset from Côte d'Ivoire 2014  (CI Blk 506/507 3D GeoStreamer®).