Vertical seismic profiles (VSP) are a powerful tool in a variety of seismic exploration situations. Only after extensive computer processing of the raw field data, however, can the full value of this tool be realized. With the help of processing, relations between important rock parameters and acoustic properties can sometimes be established and highly reliable ties from well logs to surface seismic profiles can usually be obtained.The basic theory of the processing techniques is well known. However, the techniques used in processing standard surface seismic profiles usually must be modified to adapt them to the unique conditions associated with VSPs.Processing procedures, and their relevance to the interpretation of VSP and surface seismic profile data, are described.

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