Dip Azimuth

Description Calculate dip angle and azimuth of maximum dip from a dip field.
Module(s) Explorationist
Requirements Dip Field
Related Dip Field, Curvature, Edges
Works with Stacks, Gathers


This process analyses a 3D dip field to generate two attributes: maximum dip angle, and azimuth of the maximum dip angle. The azimuth of maximum dip is measured in degrees clockwise from map north. For an input dip field in depth this angle is in degrees. For input in time, this is a psuedo angle calculated with the assumption that 1 millisecond (TWT) is 1 metre.

Create Dip azimuth and angle process

  1. In the Control Panel, open the Process tab.
  2. At the tab header, click the Add icon and select New Process.
  3. Scroll down and double-click on Dip Azimuth.
  4. Type a name for the process and click OK.

Configure the Dip Azimuth

Create Dip azimuth and angle process
  1. In the Details Panel, select an input Dip volume for the process (see Dips Field to create a dip volume).

Perform an amplitude extraction onto a horizon using the dip azimuth and angle volume to extract (see Horizon Amplitude Extraction). Select Amplitude as the horizon property.  

Dip Angle

Example of Pseudo Maximum Dip Angle generated from Dip Field provided in Dip Azimuth and Angle process. Generated from TWT Full Stack volume, calculated by assuming that 1 millisecond (TWT) is 1 metre.     

This horizon is mainly dipping 0–4.8 degrees from the horizontal, with steeply faulted areas dipping from 9–16 degrees from the horizontal.

Dip Angle

Dip Azimuth

Example of Azimuth of maximum dip, measured in degrees clockwise from map north. As you can see most of the horizon is dipping between 288–350 degrees. Whereas the suspected faults are clearly dipping between 180–100 degrees. Faults are dipping SSE, opposite to the main NNW dipping horizon direction.

Dip Azimuth