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Fresnel zone binning; can it be used to determine maximum allowable holes in coverage of long offsets?; discussion

Gijs J. O. Vermeer

Leading Edge (Tulsa, OK) (June 2022) 41 (6): 418-422


This paper comments on two publications by Monk on Fresnel zone binning (FZB). The first one was published in the Round Table department of The Leading Edge in 2009, and the second one is chapter 3 in the 2020 Distinguished Instructor Short Course (DISC) book. The main message of these two papers is captured by the following assertion from the DISC book: "the point is that adequate interpolation is only possible if the Fresnel zone is well sampled at the beginning." This assertion, if true, would form a new law in geophysics; therefore, it deserves rigorous proof. Unfortunately, such a proof has not been provided. Instead, an assessment of its validity is provided by the results of one data set with considerable feathering of the long offsets acquired in an area with moderate dip. For this data set, FZB predicts that interpolation can be applied successfully. Indeed, there is no significant difference between the data set after interpolation and the data set after infill shooting. However, these results do not prove the validity of FZB; they only show the power of the interpolation technique. Even if the assertion would be true, to prove it would require a theoretical derivation of the validity of the method. Confidence in the method may also be built by successful application of the idea to several seismic data sets in areas with complex geology, while not losing any high frequencies and with accurate amplitude retrieval.

ISSN: 1070-485X
EISSN: 1938-3789
Serial Title: Leading Edge (Tulsa, OK)
Serial Volume: 41
Serial Issue: 6
Modified Title: Fresnel zone binning; can it be used to determine maximum allowable holes in coverage of long offsets?; discussion
Author(s): Vermeer, Gijs J. O.
Affiliation: Consultant, Voorschoten, Netherlands
Pages: 418-422
Published: 202206
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 16
Accession Number: 2022-038012
Categories: Applied geophysics
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Annotation: For reference to original see Monk, D. J., Fresnel zone binning; application to 3D seismic fold and coverage assessments, The Leading Edge, Vol. 28, No. 3, p. 288-295, DOI:10.1190/1.3104072, 2012; and Monk, D. J., Survey design and seismic acquisition for land, marine, and in-between in light of new technology and techniques, Distinguished Instructor Series, Vol. 23, p. 214, 2020
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sect.
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2022, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data supplied by Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
Update Code: 2022
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