Crystal WATS C | PGS

East Breaks & Alaminos Canyon - USA - 2009

Crystal WATS C 3D

Wide-azimuth acquisition technology with modern imaging deliverables
Website Map for Survey Crystal III
The Crystal WATS III survey is located in the Central East Breaks / Alaminos Canyon areas of the Gulf of Mexico, acquired 2009 and 2010.
This deepwater area of the Gulf of Mexico is notoriously difficult to image due to a combination of thick Oligocene shale and complex salt geometries
PGS addressed the subsalt imaging challenges in the Crystal area with state-of-the-art processing, including PGS hyperTomo® for velocity model building and anisotropic PSDM with a RTM algorithm.


Survey summary

  • Type: 3D
  • Geometry: WAZ
  • Size: 12870.8
  • Acquisition year: 2009
  • Completion of processing: Reprocessed data available 2016
  • Shooting direction: NE / SW
  • Vessels: Ramform Valiant, Ramform Viking, Ocean Explorer, Harrier Explorer

Acquisition parameters

  • Number of streamers: 10 x 2
  • Streamer length: 7050 m
  • Shot interval: 37.5 x 4 m
  • Record length: 14000 ms
  • Sample rate: 2 ms
  • Bin dimensions (Acquisition): 6.25 x 60 m
  • Bin dimensions (Processing): 30 x 30 m
  • Fold: 184


  • 3D surface related multiple elimination (SRME)
  • High resolution radon demultiple
  • Beam depth migration
  • Kirchhoff prestack depth migration (PSDM)

Depth products

  • Final RTM PSDM stack
  • Reverse Time Migration
  • Velocity model
  • Horizons

Time products

  • Demultiple Gathers

Additional products

  • Demultiple Gathers