Advanced Seismic Data Processing and Interpretation


With the presence of new data acquisition techniques, like e.g. VSP, hole-to-hole, multi-component, and ocean bottom cable, also new processing methods have to be developed. Existing and new data sets will be exploited for optimal information retrieval: in addition to the conventional P-waves also the S-waves will be investigated and in addition to the kinematic properties, i.e. traveltimes for velocity and structural determination, also the dynamic properties, i.e. phase and amplitudes, for lithology and/or direct hydrocarbon indication will be investigated. Anisotropy, where present, should be taken into account and can be exploited for a.o. fracture orientation and density and time-to-depth conversion. The availability of other types of data like geological data and well data, in a production environment, should be properly integrated in inversion studies to initialize and constrain the results. This course deals with advanced processing methods that are often carried out as part of a special study and may involve the integration of data acquisition, processing and interpretation as well as petrophysics, production geology and reservoir engineering. The topics that will discussed cover a wide spectrum and are representative for what has become feasible nowadays. 




Geophysicists – processing and interpretation – who are actively involved in advanced or special seismic data processing, e.g.  as a member of a multi-disciplinary team. Earth scientists who are a member of a multi-disciplinary team will also benefit from this course.




At the end of this course the participants will have a working knowledge of the full range of representative special processing methods, which he may carry out himself and/or supervise. He or she is fully capable to account for the geophysical input in multi-disciplinary teams.



Continuing Professional Development





  1. Stress-strain relationships
  2. The wave equation
  3. Wavefield extrapolation
  4. Anisotropy
  5. Migration, time migration, depth migration and true-amplitude migration: theory and algorithms
  6. DMO (dip moveout) and PSI (pre-stack imaging): theory and algorithms
  7. Velocity model building and updating: theory and algorithms
  8. VSP and hole-to-hole seismic: acquisition and processing
  9. Multi-component seismic, shear seismic and anisotropy: acquisition and processing
  10. OBC (ocean bottom cable) and OBS (ocean bottom system): acquisition and processing
  11. Design and assessment of different acquisition geometries
  12. AVO (amplitude versus offset) and AVA (amplitude versus angle): theory and processing
  13. Inversion: overview of different methods
  14.  4D or time-lapse seismic: feasibility and requirements and processing




5 days






London, United Kingdom



10-14 July 2017


Houston, Texas, United States



14-18 August 2017


Dubai, United Arab Emirates



8-12 October 2017






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