External | SEG Distinguished Instructor Short Course (DISC) | Virtual Workshop

21-22 April 2021

Registration is at an external URL for this event.

Course Description

DISC 2021: Survey Design and Seismic Acquisition for Land, Marine, and In-between in Light of New Technology and Techniques

Instructor: Dr. David James Monk

Seismic surveys are subject to many different design criteria, but often the parameters are established based on an outdated view of how data can be acquired, and how it will be processed. This course is designed to highlight what is possible using modern methods, and how they impact seismic survey design.

Survey designs are subject to a limited set of operational and geophysical considerations. What frequencies do we require (in the source), and what will or can we detect? What geometry will be utilized, and what record length will be recorded?

However, new techniques and processing methods require that we understand and answer a new and different set of questions:

  • Are classic survey geometrics outdated? What geometry is optimum given almost limitless availability of channels, and how are these best deployed if they are not constrained to be connected together?
  • How do you QC data from a system that doesn’t permit real time views of data?
  • How do compressive sensing methodologies fit into classic geometry requirements, and can these significantly impact how data is acquired and processed? Is random “optimum” and is optimum unique?
  • Do offset and sampling requirements change if processing will utilize FWI and/or least squares migration?
  • Can very low frequencies be generated, detected and used for improved inversion?
  • How should simultaneous sources be utilized, and can subsequent data be separated from the continuous records that will be required if this technique is used? If two sources are better than one, are four better than two?
  • What should we expect of seismic data five or ten years from now?

This course is designed to cover some of the fundamentals of survey design, but will highlight the changes in technology that we have seen in the past five years, and those that are likely to develop in the next five years with a view to allowing seismic surveys to be designed and acquired to optimize technology efficiencies and interpretation requirements in light of new technology.


This course will not describe specific survey designs for particular geologic objectives, but after attending this course, the participant should:

  • Understand the basic geophysical requirements of a seismic survey, based on geologic objectives
  • Have a much-improved knowledge of the differences between classic survey design, and what is required for modern high-end processing techniques including FWI
  • Understand the concepts of simultaneous sources, compressive sensing, node acquisition, and broadband data, and see how these fit into survey design techniques
  • Understand that there is a relationship between acquisition parameters and seismic image quality
  • Understand how the basic requirements tied to modern acquisition and processing ideas can fundamentally change the data that is presented to an interpreter, and why final data volumes can look significantly different from legacy data.

Who should attend?

All those interested in seismic surveys should attend. Geophysics involved in acquisition may discover new techniques and concepts with which they are unfamiliar. Geophysicists involved in processing seismic data will better understand the shortcomings of the data that they are given to process, and better understand what techniques will, and will not, work for a particular survey. The interpreter may better understand the difference between modern seismic volumes presented for interpretation, and the legacy data that he is accustomed to interpreting. For those directly involved in survey design, the concepts will open up the potential for acquiring better images of the subsurface more efficiently, and at less cost.

The course does not require extensive mathematical knowledge or background. Concepts will be explained in a way that the layman or manager can understand. Students will be able to follow and understand the course from the basics to the level of asking knowledgeable questions of those actually involved in seismic acquisition and processing.


Registration is open via the SEG website
Member Price: $275.00
Non SEG Member: $410.00
Student Price: $90.00

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