CSEM Forward Modelling


The marine controlled source electromagnetic (CSEM) method is a low-frequency electromagnetic imaging technique aimed at generating the electric resistivity map of seafloors.

In a CSEM survey, an electromagnetic transmitter and arrays of electromagnetic (EM) receivers are used to probe the subsurface. Once an area of interest is electromagnetically surveyed, the recorded data is used in an EM inversion process to obtain the required resistivity map. Currently, the method is mostly used as a complementary tool to seismic surveys and well data analysis. Therefore, the stratification of the subsurface is already largely known, but the EM characteristics of each layer still need to be determined. The knowledge of EM properties allows differentiating between reservoirs that contain hydrocarbons and those of no commercial interest.

Traditionally this method was relatively expensive to implement due to high computational costs. However with the improvement in speed of the computational devices and effectiveness of the algorithm, the CSEM method has only recently been employed on a commercial scale as a tool for hydrocarbon exploration.

Acceleware CSEM

Acceleware has developed CSEM solutions using the Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) technique in combination with Mittet's* method and GPUs to produce faster, cheaper, more accurate forward modelling for electromagnetic imaging. Unlike many frequency domain CSEM techniques this accelerated method does not require simplifying assumptions to reduce the memory and computational burden and has excellent scaling properties (essentially linear) across clusters of GPU accelerated nodes.

* .. Mittet R., 2010, High-order finite-difference simulations of marine CSEM surveys using a correspondence principle for wave and diffusion fields: Geophysics, 75, F33—F50

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