Technical Paper: A Method for Efficient Broadband Marine Acquisition and Processing

Society: EAGE
Paper Number: V018
Presentation Date: 2009


We present a new method for broadband marine acquisition and processing. A 3D shallow towed-streamer spread is deployed, designed to optimize the mid- and high-frequency parts of the bandwidth. In addition, data are simultaneously acquired from a small number of deeper towed streamers. The depth of these deeper streamers is optimized for the low frequencies such that the combined overall bandwidth is enhanced. Because the deep streamers only provide the low-frequency part of the bandwidth, we can more sparsely sample these data enabling efficient acquisition scenarios as fewer streamers are required. A 3D case study using this new acquisition method was acquired off the NW Shelf of Australia. The streamer spread consisted of six shallow streamers towed at a depth of 6 m and two deeper streamers (below shallow streamers 2 and 5) towed at a depth of 20 m. The resulting data exhibit both high resolution and deep penetration for subsalt and sub-basalt imaging, for example. In addition, inversion for acoustic impedance, imaging, and velocity model building, also benefit from the broadband result. Data acquired in this way are more robust to poor weather conditions than conventionally acquired data.

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