Technical Paper: An Extra 10% - Improving the Productivity of Vibroseis Surveys Through Advanced Fleet Management

Society: SEG
Paper Number: 2012-220
Presentation Date: 2012


Improving the productivity of vibroseis surveys has been the focus of much activity over the last five years. The assumption that the limit of conventional flip-flop shooting has been reached has led to the improvement of existing, and the creation of several new, high-productivity acquisition techniques. This paper shows how the productivity of flip-flop surveys can actually be improved by up to 10%. This improvement is obtained by planning the most efficient acquisition sequence and then ensuring that this sequence is achieved by automatically managing the relative progress of the vibrator fleets within the recording system. Acquisition algorithms also have the ability to improve productivity when other, more complicated, techniques are applied.

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