An interpretive study of multi-component seismic data over a Cardium oil reservoir in the Carrot Creek field of West Central Alberta

Brad D. Nazar, Donald C. Lawton

The use of multi-component seismic data is presently believed, by many, to be the next logical step in the evolution of seismic exploration. The purpose of this study is to undertake the analysis and interpretation of a set of multi-component seismic data obtained over the Carrot Creek oilfield of West Central Alberta. One of the unique features of this data set are the presence of converted shear-wave amplitude anomalies corresponding to the position of producing sandstone and conglomerate bodies of the Cardium Formation. The objective of this study is to obtain an understanding of the origins of these anonlalies, and to draw conclusions about the usefulness of multi-component seismic data in identifying Cardium and other, similar clastic plays.