Survey Design for new technology and new applications

Workshop 12
10 June 2022
Room A
Conveners: Xander Campman (Shell)
Christof Stork (Land Seismic Noise Specialists)
Dave Ridyard (ACTeQ) 

Workshop Description

Recent years have seen rapid changes in the seismic industry, not least related to seismic acquisition. In acquisition these changes are driven by several factors:

  • Desire to increase efficiency and reduce cost
  • Acquisition over increasingly complex subsurface
  • New insights and the ability of processing/imaging algorithms to deal with sparse / irregular data
  • Increased scrutiny of environmental impact related to seismic surveys
  • Emerging applications in wind, CCUS, geothermal, mineral exploration and others

This has led to a flurry of new, creative survey designs enabling the latest processing, velocity-model building and imaging technologies and enabled by novel equipment.

In the past, surveys could be designed based on relatively simple velocity functions, well-known sampling and linear imaging theory and could be implemented with relatively limited hardware choices.

In contrast, the large variation in applications, geographical and subsurface challenges and ever-increasing flexibility in processing and hardware choices we see today require much more bespoke survey designs.


In this workshop we plan to discuss new approaches to survey design that specifically address the above-mentioned changes.

 We welcome contributions related to:

  • New survey design methodologies
  • New survey designs, based on new hardware
  • Survey designs leveraging new developments and flexibility in processing/imaging, including compressive sensing
  • Survey designs for specific challenges (velocity model building, imaging below salt, etc…)
  • Survey designs for new applications
  • Survey designs in environmentally sensitive areas  

Workshop Programme

09:00Welcome and openings
9:10Carpet Sources and Receivers for Nodal Land Seismic J. Levell (Shell) 
9:30Nimble nodes are here. Now what  Ourabah (Stryde)
Autonomous sources and receivers Archer (Drone Drop)
10:30Coffee break
10:40Compressive sensing Guitton  (TotalEnergies)
11:00An introduction to the practical applications of Regular Indexed Compressive Seismic. Eick (In-Depth)
Wave Equation Illumination for Optimizing Survey Design Popovici (Z-Terra ACTeQ)
13:30Survey design from a multi-client perspective – New applications  H. Bondeson (TGS)
13:50Combining sparse nodes, streamers and dense shooting to address the imaging challenge of the NordKapp salt-basin  Dhelie (Lundin)
14:10Combining towed streamer and ocean bottom seismic in survey designs  Wallace (PXGEO)
14:30Cost-effective solution for long offset and wide azimuth marine data acquisition based on autonomous floating nodes. Amelin (GWL) 
14:50Coffee break
15:00Effective acquisition and processing of Marine Vibroseis data for OBS. Gandomi (Shearwater)
15:20Recent advances with wide-tow multi-sources in marine seismic acquisition and imaging. Widmaier (PGS)
15:55 P-Cable Seismic Survey Design for Offshore Wind. Mattox (NCS Subsea)
16:15The future is sustainable seismic Manning (BP)
16:50Wrap Up
17:00Workshop Ends 

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