In 3D seismic survey design, the parameter choice has to satisfy a wide variety of geophysical, operational, and cost constraints. The designer of a survey has to strike a balance between the various requirements and invariably will have to settle for some kind of compromise. Hence, this design process could also be viewed as an optimization process.

In an award-winning poster paper Liner et al. (1998) introduced the idea of survey design optimization. It was soon followed by another poster paper, but now in TLE (Liner et al., 1999). The method described in Liner, Underwood, and Gobeli (1999, to be...

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