We implemented TFMES in both 2-D and 3-D cases. The 3-D constant velocity medium is used as a benchmark test to verify the accuracy of the new algorithm. We use the same sampling interval in both the Cartesian and the tetragonal coordinates to make a fair comparison. As shown in Figure 7, the Cartesian implementation tends to over-estimate the traveltime in the diagonal direction, while the tetragonal result matches the analytical result very accurately.
More complex Marmousi and SEG/EAGE saltdome models are used to test its stability when handling more complex models. Figure 8 is the test of 2-D Marmousi model. The source is located on the surface at coordinates (x=4100m, z=0m). In most areas, the two results match each other. When passing through the complex structure in the middle, they begin to deviate from each other. The trigonal result is not as smooth as the Cartesian result. This is because the trigonal result has six neighboring points instead of four points in the Cartesian coordinates, which makes it more capable of simulating complex wavefront. The Cartesian implementation over-estimates the traveltime compared with the trigonal result, which is similar to the conclusion reached by Alkhalifah and Fomel 1997.
Figure 9 and 10 show three traveltime slices from the SEG/EAGE saltdome model. The source is located at coordinates (x=7200m, y=7320m, z=1680m). Figure 9 was obtained with a constant depth z=1560m, while Figure 10 were extracted in the diagonal and anti-diagonal directions of x-y plane.