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Ultra-High Resolution Seismic Surveying -
Instrumentation and Strategies


For marine investigations, a wide variety of instruments is available on the market. but instrumentation is only as good and suitable, as it fits to the task. Therefore, a detailed knowledge about physical principles, technical design, operational considerations and geologic boundary conditions are crucial requirements to properly carry out surveys, to evluate customer expectations and meet them with an appropriate concept including a risk evaluation and declaration of limits, wherever geology is different from expecations.

In this course we cover the following aspects:

(1) Georeferencing and Quality Control

  • Navigation and Positioning, towed vs. hull-mounted
  • Reference systems (GNSS, ship, towed)
  • Motion Control
  • Noise, interference
  • Binning
  • Precision, Uncertainties

(2) Physical Principles of Seismic Surveying

  • Waves & Interfaces, Wave propagation in layered media
  • Frequency, Wavelength, Attenuation, Signals, Chirp
  • Dimensions, Directivity, Lobes
  • Physical Parameters/Properties
  • Sound and Marine Life

(3) Seismic Instrumentation - Sources and Acquisition Systems

  • AirgunWatergun, Sparker, Boomer
  • Streamer Design, Hydrophones, Grouping, Offset
  • A/D Conversion, Data Formats/Standards, Data Volumes, Storage
  • Streamer Positioning
  • 3D Seismics
  • Processing Concepts
  • Interpretation Concepts: qualitative vs quantitative