The dataset upon which I have chosen to demonstrate RIP is a subset of the real 3-D Gulf of Mexico dataset provided to SEP by BP and ExxonMobil. The portion of the 3-D velocity model for the subset I am using can be seen in Figure . This subset contains 600 inline positions and 72 crossline positions. The salt body on the right side causes significant shadow zones that may mask potential hydrocarbon reservoirs. There are known 3-D faults in the sediments away from the salt and it is likely that more faults exist beneath salt in the shadow zones. The velocity model is believed to be accurate, which is important given the nature of my geophysical regularization operator ().
Figure 1 Subset of the BP Gulf of Mexico velocity model.