I am a software developer trying to learn applied geophysics. Specifically I am interested in seismic attributes. I have a strong background in mathematics and signal processing and therefore grasp the theory quite easily. However the geology and the applied part is a problem for me. What i would like is a book/tutorial that takes the reader trough very detailed concrete examples with no theory whatsoever. Any suggestions?
Here's a list of resources I've compiled before. Between them, maybe you'll find what you're after:
- Some important geophysics papers and books: Must-read geophysics.
- Six books about seismic interpretation — most of these include something about seismic attributes.
- Six books about seismic analysis — more quantitative, and usually with lots of theory. I especially recommend Simm & Bacon.
I recommend learning what you can about rocks — their genesis, their properties, and especially their acoustic and elastic behaviour. If possible, go and see outcrops or at least cores. If possible, take classes in sedimentology, petrology, or even reservoir engineering.
You need to read about integrated interpretation; here are some other phrases to look for: well ties, phase estimation, spectral decomposition, seismic inversion, pre-stack seismic analysis, AVO. I recommend subscribing to CSEG Recorder, EAGE First Break and SEG Leading Edge.
Good luck in your quest!