Full-fold, multi-source acquisition through shot isolation technology and its implications on productivity gains
K. Eggenberger, J.O.A. Robertsson, F. Andersson, D.J. van Manen, R. Walker and L. Amundsen
Journal name: First Break
Issue: Vol 35, No 6, June 2017 pp. 105 - 111
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Shot isolation enabled full-fold, multi-source acquisition is achieved by applying the novel technology of signal apparition to the encoding and decoding of fully superimposed shot records from non-distance separated sources. The introduction of periodically varying shot-to-shot modulation functions for encoding injects energy at predetermined positions within distinct wavenumber ranges, which then enables a deterministic decoding of individual shots in data processing. We demonstrate the method for single vessel operations, first on a dual source configuration for seabed acquisition, extracted from the SEG Advanced Modeling Program (SEAM) Phase I dataset, and then extend the methodology to triple-sources through the use of an emulated marine real data example from the North Sea. With shot isolation enabled multi-source acquisition being successfully applied in a marine and seabed seismic context, scope for significant productivity gains is created. Compared to established acquisition techniques, gains arise from the ability to acquire full-fold data in a shorter time frame without compromising the subsurface bin size. For marine seismic acquisition, this also implies that the number of towed streamers can be reduced, giving leeway to additional strategic considerations on subjects such as capital expenditures and the optimization of vessel deployment plans.