Editor's note: This article was selected as the Best Poster Paper at SEG's 1999 Annual Meeting. Due to its quantitative nature, the 1999 Best Student Poster Paper will not be published in TLE but in a future issue of Gℯℴ𝓅𝒽𝓎𝓈𝒾𝒸𝓈, without undergoing peer-review.

The goal of a seismic survey is to illuminate subsurface geologic formations that may hold hydrocarbon accumulations. Conventional seismic survey design relies on the assumption that uniform midpoint coverage will lead to uniform illumination in the subsurface as long as each midpoint is hit by a sufficient range of offsets. In areas of complex velocity structure, severe...

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