ABSTRACT

Simultaneous source acquisition technology, also referred to as “blended acquisition,” involves recording two or more shots simultaneously. Despite the fact that the recorded data has crosstalk from different shots, conventional processing procedures can still produce acceptable images for interpretation. This is due to the power of the stacking process using blended data with its increased data redundancy and inherent time delays between various shots. It is still desirable to separate the blended data into single shot gathers and reduce the crosstalk noise to achieve the highest seismic image quality and for standard prestack processing, such as filtering, statics computation, and velocity analysis. This study introduced a new and simple multidirectional vector-median filter (MD-VMF) to separate the blended seismic shot gathers. This method extended the well-known conventional median filter from a scalar implementation to a vector version. More specifically, a vector median filter was applied in many trial directions and the median vector was chosen from among these. We demonstrated the effectiveness of our proposed MD-VMF on simulated data generated by blending synthetic and real marine seismic data.

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