Code, expanded abstract and poster "3D gravity gradient inversion by planting density anomalies" presented at the 2011 EAGE meeting in Viena, Austria
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Code, expanded abstract and poster presented at the 2011 73th EAGE Conference and Exhibition incorporating SPE EUROPEC in Viena, Austria

Results were generated using open-source software Fatiando a Terra

Poster is available on figshare: doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.91511

A PDF version of the expanded abstract is available from my personal page


Uieda, L., and V. C. F. Barbosa (2011), 3D gravity gradient inversion by planting density anomalies, 73th EAGE Conference & Exhibition incorporating SPE EUROPEC, pp. 1-5.

3D gravity gradient inversion by planting density anomalies

Leonardo Uieda and Valéria C. F. Barbosa

We present a new gravity gradient tensor inversion for estimating a 3D density-contrast distribution defined on a user-specified grid of prisms. Our method consists of an iterative algorithm that does not require the solution of large equation system. Instead, the solution grows systematically around user-specified prismatic elements called “seeds”. Each seed can have a different density contrast, allowing the interpretation of multiples bodies with different density contrasts. The compactness of the solution is imposed by means of a regularizing function that favors compact bodies closest to the priorly specified seeds. The solution grows by accreting neighboring prisms of the current solution. The prisms for the accretion are chosen by systematically searching the set of current neighboring prisms. Therefore, this approach allows that the columns of the Jacobian matrix be calculated on demand. This is a known technique from computer science called “lazy evaluation”, which greatly reduces the demand of computer memory and processing time. Test on synthetic data from multiple buried sources at different depths and on real data collected over iron deposits located in the Quadrilátero Ferrífero, southeastern region of Brazil, confirmed the ability of our method in detecting sharp and compact bodies.