Onboard data processing during 3-D marine seismic surveys is a hot topic. The reason is turnaround time, the period between initiation of a survey and delivery of interpretable results. Some large 3-D surveys have turnaround times of 18 months. This is unacceptable to an operator with a tight licensing framework. It might, in the worst case, even preclude use of 3-D seismic.

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