In this approach to 3D seismic survey design, I will say little about bin size and fold because these two concepts can detract from more important issues in 3D survey design. Focusing on fold and bin size for their own sake can often inhibit thinking more broadly about the concepts of imaging and signal versus noise qualities of a seismic program.

The technical emphasis will be on trace density and statistical diversity. Since we live in a very real world where any type of “ideal” model is likely to be distorted during implementation, we are also concerned with robustness under...

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