Depth imaging is an important part of the deepwater play in the Gulf of Mexico, and especially for the subsalt.<br>Experiences with numerical models, physical models and live data show that it is possible to obtain<br>stratigraphic quality images under salt given the right conditions. Given the right velocity model, depth imaging<br>can have a substantial impact on the quality of seismic interpretations, as the signal can be positioned correctly<br>and noise reduced when compared to time imaging. Obtaining stratigraphic quality seismic depth images also<br>requires the appropriate handling of the coherent noise. Pre-stack and post-stack depth images have been<br>generated in areas of drilling interest in the Gulf of Mexico. Drilling results have been able to bear out the<br>interpretation benefits from this imaging.


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