It appears that there are two very distinct schools of thought with respect to the patch configuration for land 3D seismic surveys; often the like or dislike of one over another is based on which part of the business one is involved in rather than any scientific reason. Oil and gas companies (after all the clients) may prefer a wide recording patch to maximize the truly 3D coverage while acquisition contractors (if given a choice) may opt for a narrow recording patch for operational reasons. There are more reasons than these to consider either recording patch and the benefits of...

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