Seismic volume visualization for horizon extraction

Daniel Patel, Stefan Bruckner, Ivan Viola, Eduard M. Groller
Christian Michelsen Research, Bergen, Norway
IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium (PacificVis), 2010


   title={Seismic volume visualization for horizon extraction},

   author={Patel, D. and Bruckner, S. and Viola, I. and Groller, EM},

   booktitle={Pacific Visualization Symposium (PacificVis), 2010 IEEE},





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Seismic horizons indicate change in rock properties and are central in geoscience interpretation. Traditional interpretation systems involve time consuming and repetitive manual volumetric seeding for horizon growing. We present a novel system for rapidly interpreting and visualizing seismic volumetric data. First we extract horizon surface-parts by preprocessing the seismic data. Then during interaction the user can assemble in realtime the horizon parts into horizons. Traditional interpretation systems use gradient-based illumination models in the rendering of the seismic volume and polygon rendering of horizon surfaces. We employ realtime gradient-free forward-scattering in the rendering of seismic volumes yielding results similar to high-quality global illumination. We use an implicit surface representation of horizons allowing for a seamless integration of horizon rendering and volume rendering. We present a collection of novel techniques constituting an interpretation and visualization system highly tailored to seismic data interpretation.
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