We acquired 3D multicomponent data in Andrews County, Midland Basin, West Texas with a seismic survey. We extracted direct-SV modes generated by a vertical-force source (an array of three inline vertical vibrators) from the vertical component of multicomponent geophones. This seismic mode, SV-P, was created by reprocessing legacy 2D/3D P-wave seismic data to create converted-wave data and consequently forgoing the need for a multicomponent seismic acquisition program to obtain important S-wave information from the subsurface. We have compared P-P, P-SV, and SV-P traveltime and amplitude characteristics to determine which seismic mode provided better characterization of the targeted reservoirs and reduced exploration risk.

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