Paradigm 14 Brings New Capability for Seismic Processing & Imaging and Interpretation

Posted by Samhita Shah on May 12, 2014 10:56:00 AM RSS Share Post

By Somesh Singh, Chief Product Officer, Paradigm

We recently launched Paradigm 14 – another significant step in our mission to deliver Advanced Science for Everyone in the fields of exploration, development and production. The fully integrated Paradigm product suite offers over 700 new features and enhancements, from efficient, cluster-based gather processing to anisotropic multi-azimuth mapping and geomodeling to name a few.

The focus of this release is the science and technology that enables effective seismic data processing and imaging, velocity modeling, and seismic interpretation. In addition to the technology upgrades in these domains, Paradigm 14 also strengthens workflow efficiency with enhancements to our infrastructure and data management layer (Epos). Integrated solutions in this release also enhance multi-team collaboration on shared projects.

Seismic processing and imaging

Ultimately, oil and gas operators need to reduce the risk and uncertainty in exploration decisions. In order to make those decisions with higher confidence, operators need to be able to see smaller features important in modern reservoirs, such as fractures, thin beds and small faults, with high-definition seismic images.

Within the process that spans seismic processing, velocity determination and seismic imaging, there are three challenges that geoscientists must overcome, and where Paradigm 14 provides new functionalities.

  1. Acquisition limitations at the surface. Using EarthStudy 360 Illuminator, the interpreter can understand any limitations at the surface, while re-positioning surface data into more regular and desirable geometry with 5D data regularization. 

  2. Improve the signal and problems in propagation. Enhancing fracture determination from seismic data with improved full-azimuth imaging and inversion methods to reduce noise, increate amplitude and broaden frequency content.

  3. Accurately identify geology and overcome problems in locating that structure. 5D data regularization provides more accurate velocity. Advanced migration like Reverse Time Migration (RTM) within Echos and EarthStudy 360 CRAM help to position events correctly. The image below shows the power of time and depth migration for imaging seismic data in complex formations.


With new features from Paradigm 14, the geoscientist can increase signal clarity, increase positional accuracy and decrease the amount of data. High-definition images also depend on the ability to clean up field data by correcting source and receiver location inaccuracies, and by removing low quality or dead traces, records and regularization.

The Paradigm seismic processing & imaging applications available in Paradigm 14 include:

  • EarthStudy 360® – Full Azimuth Imaging and Characterization 

  • Echos™ – Seismic data processing

  • GeoDepth® – Velocity determination and modeling

Seismic Interpretation

Paradigm 14 offers our seismic interpretation and seismic reservoir characterization communities new functionality to improve the efficiency of workflows and the quality of interpretations. New features enable Quantitative Seismic Interpretation (QSI) workflows that allow interpreters to infer reservoir and interval properties earlier in the G&G cycle.

These QSI workflows enable interpreters to define rock properties using seismic inversion, seismic facies classification and on-the-fly attribute calculation. AVA inversion and QC of pre-stack data enable efficient fluid identification within the reservoir. Additionally, new features enable better flow predication and well planning using full-azimuth fracture orientation and intensity analysis.

Advanced interpretation tools in Paradigm 14 can transform how interpreters visually interact with prospective plays. With precise and geologically consistent results, they can ensure:

  • Improved efficiency and speed of identifying rock properties

  • Quicker fluid identification to understand reservoir characteristics during limited well control

  • The ability to tie seismic to well logs to better understand aerial extent of reservoir

 The Paradigm seismic interpretation applications available in Paradigm 14 include:

  • SeisEarth® - Multi-survey regional to prospect interpretation

  • VoxelGeo® – Voxel-volume interpretation

  • Explorer® – Time-to-depth conversion

 Learn more

In the Paradigm 14 release, we are helping our customers further reduce exploration risk through our processing & imaging and interpretation offerings. Learn more about these new features and enhancements in this release by watching short videos, or accessing the Paradigm 14 page on our website. 

To learn more or schedule a demo, please contact Paradigm at or call your local Paradigm Office.

Tags: Processing & Imaging, geologists, SeisEarth, VoxelGeo, Paradigm, exploration, geoscience, oil & gas, interpretation, EarthStudy 360