The goal of this multicomponent (C-wave) design methodology is to transfer the well-known principles of the P-wave design process to the design of the acquisition of a C-wave survey. The optimum result is a C-wave seismic survey with bin-to-bin attributes of uniform fold, azimuth, and offset.

It is assumed that most C-wave surveys will be recorded in conjunction with a P-wave survey. Therefore, in this article, an example C-wave “fitted” survey will be presented within the framework of the P-wave design parameters. Alterations to the P-wave survey are normal and usually require more field effort along with increased cost. The...

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