Multicomponent seismic has been around for a long time without gaining widespread acceptance. The potential benefits of having both compressional (P-wave) and shear (S-wave) information have never been disputed, but the cost of acquiring and processing the large data volumes has been high and the quality of the S-wave data has sometimes not met expectations.

However, recent technological developments in the area of sources, sensors, telemetry, and data processing are making multicomponent data increasingly popular as a way to provide better quality data at lower cost.

Although shear information can be accessed through the AVO...

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