- Particular attention is given to how differences in position and depth of sources and receivers will translate into 4D signal errors
- The survey design is tailored to the likely thresholds achievable by the acquisition system
- Multisensor acquisition, source steering, streamer steering, and overlap streamers are best-practice for 4D
If all source and receiver positions are close to equal, differences in the recorded seismic wavefields due to non-repeated acquisition geometry will be negligible.
Furthermore, insensitivity to local changes in receiver depth and/or sea-surface height between surveys will minimize non-repeatable time-shift differences. This is achievable with multisensor-on-multisensor 4D acquisition (see comparison below).
4D processing and characterization provide the best chance of extracting high-fidelity 4D seismic signals that can resolve subtle changes in reservoir saturation and pressure, and fluid movements can be accurately understood.
An elastic seismic modeling exercise will determine preferred thresholds for errors in source and receiver position repeatability. This is typically conducted by the operators of an asset and calibrated with reservoir-simulation platforms to history matching of measured well performance. The technical specifications of the available acquisition platforms will also guide the modeling of acquisition parameter sensitivity vs. the ability to detect very small changes in seismic wavelet amplitude phase and/or timing.
In practice, the use of dense streamer spreads (e.g. 50 m streamer spacing) with additional overlap streamers used to contribute data when streamer feathering creates holes in offset classes (see illustration below), is recommended to optimize the data available for 4D binning and data matching. When available, both source and receiver steering will minimize errors in positioning and repeatability (real crossline error plot below).
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