Technical Paper: Some aspects of survey design for wide-azimuth towed-streamer acquisition

Society: SEG
Paper Number: 2792381
Presentation Date: 2007


Wide-azimuth towed-streamer acquisition emerged in the last two years as a step change in marine acquisition technology in the Gulf of Mexico. This came about because the risky exploration and development of deepwater subsalt reservoirs required seismic data to have better illumination, higher signal-to-noise ratio, and improved resolution. Early results from the initial programs confirm that the expected benefits can be obtained. However, although the survey design principles for land and OBC wide-azimuth programs are well understood, the fact that the towed-streamer implementation is still in its infancy means that survey design principles in that case are still evolving. The objective of this paper is to discuss some of those principles.

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