Successful seismic acquisition design is not a commodity; it is a process whose goal is to optimize the cost and quality of the seismic product, an interpretable image of the subsurface. To achieve this goal, an integrated team consisting of management, cross-disciplinary technical experts, and seismic contractors must be assembled to adequately define the acquisition problem. Once the problem is defined, design experts determine the seismic parameters, which the operations specialist will implement in the field.

This three-part series describes an innovative seismic acquisition design method, informally known as teepee technology that design experts at Phillips Petroleum have successfully implemented...

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