Geophysical Acquisition Overview


Anyone who would like a better understanding of the geophysical chain of activities, and what happens on a land or marine seismic crew.


This course introduces the geophysical methods of seismic and potential methods used to explore the subsurface. Basic concepts are introduced in a discussion on the basics of exploration. This provides students with an overview of the theory used from surface to subsurface.

A review of the different typical geographical environments (desert, swamp, marine), are provided including examples of access problems that have been encountered on some crews. An evaluation of the different types of equipment used for different acquisition operations is provided, and some of the limitations often found during operations.
The course also describes how operations are commonly planned and carried out on standard seismic crews.

An example of both a marine and land crew are provided with videos and a discussion of the day to day operations required to fulfil the geophysical objectives.

Key concepts are introduced through examples to understand how acquisition methods (broadband, wide-azimuth surveys, etc.) contribute to the enhanced resolution of seismic images, while maintaining high productivity standards.

Learning Objectives

• Describe the principles of geophysical acquisition
• Understand the need for equipment
• Living conditions in the field
• List the key criteria which determine the choice of acquisition parameters
• Understand the limitations of the seismic acquisition process


1 day

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Course Format

Presentations, videos

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