New Mexico Geological Society Annual Spring Meeting — Abstracts

3D Seismic Imaging and Fault Detection at the Lightning Dock Geothermal Field

Lianjie Huang

Los Alamos National Laboratory, MS D452, Los Alamos, NM, 87545,

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New wells are often needed to improve energy production in geothermal power plants. Integrating 3D seismic imaging and fault detection with geological and geochemical information can help site new geothermal injection wells to reduce drilling risk and ensure the sustainability of geothermal power production. Lightning Dock Geothermal (LDG) LLC conducted a 3D active-source surface seismic survey in 2011 using accelerated weight drop sources for subsurface characterization. We use an open-source data analysis package called Madagascar to process the raw seismic data, update the velocity model in the shallow region using first-arrival traveltime tomography, improve the entire 3D surface velocity model using full-waveform inversion, and produce a 3D subsurface image of the Lightning Dock geothermal field using reverse-time migration. We then detect faults on the 3D seismic image using a machine learning algorithm based on nested residual U-Net. Our 3D seismic imaging and fault detection results provide valuable information for siting new geothermal wells at the Lightning Dock geothermal field.

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2024 New Mexico Geological Society Annual Spring Meeting
April 19, 2024, Macey Center, Socorro, NM
Online ISSN: 2834-5800