As we enter the new millennium, seismic data acquisition is in an interesting position. Because of overcapacity of seismic acquisition crews related to the downturn in the oil and gas industry, acquisition technology is essentially “frozen” in place. Companies previously active in seismic data acquisition research have limited these activities, or eliminated them. Some advances related to improving the resolution of seismic data through improved acquisition methods are being made, but much more effort is being directed towards improving the efficiency of acquisition.

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