Abstract

We have evaluated the results of a receiver decimation study in a deepwater context using separated wavefield imaging (SWIM) algorithms to provide extended illumination for imaging without ocean-bottom node (OBN) positioning constraints. We carried out subsurface imaging using the SWIM imaging technique with a reduced OBN layout, and we compared the results with those from conventional one-way wave-equation migration. We found from the results that the SWIM algorithm makes it possible to reduce the OBN layout while obtaining a similar subsurface image with the same shot geometry, which allows a reduced receiver acquisition effort, offers more geometry flexibility without affecting the image quality, with a potentially significant reduction of acquisition cost and 4D processing turnaround time.

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