This course seeks to help geologists or other professionals (e.g., engineers) with little or no geophysical training to understand how and why 3-D seismic data are acquired, processed and interpreted. There are few opportunities for these people to become acquainted with the technology, although it is likely that geologists in a variety of fields (stratigraphy, structural geology, mineral exploration, environmental geology, etc.) will be increasingly exposed to results that are based on 3-D seismic interpretations. This course is designed to fill that training gap. It will emphasize the qualitative, rather than quantitative, aspects of seismic technology.
No two-day course can qualify someone to be a seismic interpreter - 3-D or otherwise. Additionally, there will be no hands-on practice with interpretation software. Learning the basics of how to use some software packages can take several days. I prefer to focus on the underlying principles of the technology rather than on the mechanics of where to search for applications in menu bars. This course aims to familiarize class participants with the methods and terminology employed by 3-D seismic interpreters. In this way, following the class, participants will be in a more capable position to understand the implications of results based on 3-D interpretations (and possible “problems” with those results!) and the potential for using 3-D seismic data in their own particular fields of interest.