Separated Wavefields

True Broadband Imaging and Characterization

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Multisensor GeoStreamer mitigates the effect of the receiver ghost reflections from the highly reflective sea surface.
  • Higher-signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) than hydrophone-only streamers for all survey conditions
  • Longer operating windows due to low-noise deep towing
  • Free of artifacts associated with local variations in sea-surface height or receiver depth
  • 4D signals are free of non-repeatable sea-state variations, which means reservoir monitoring can detect heterogeneous reservoir fluid movement and pressure with the highest fidelity and resolution
  • Shallow seismic images have substantially fewer artifacts, and shallow geohazards can be detected with far greater confidence and resolution: SWIM
  • High-fidelity AVO / AVA pre-stack gathers are optimal for quantitative interpretation and subsurface characterization
  • Velocity estimation benefits from deep towing: FWI

Collocated groups of hydrophone pressure sensors and vertical velocity sensors record the continuous interference between the wavefield scattered upwards from the geology in the subsurface and the downgoing wavefield that carries the imprint of the reflecting sea surface, which is different for every shot. This downgoing wavefield is called the ghost wavefield.

Schematic illustration of the continuous interference between the up-going and time-delayed down-going wavefields recorded by hydrophone-only streamers. Wavefield separation of multisensor streamer (GeoStreamer) data accurately recovers the P-UP and P-DWN wavefields.

Wavefield separation is a critical step in broadband seismic imaging workflows applied to multisensor streamer and node seismic data. The pressure and velocity sensors record each upgoing seismic event with equal polarity, while the time-delayed downgoing seismic event is measured with opposite polarity.

Multisensor GeoStreamer has both pressure and particle velocity sensors collocated in the streamer body. Two signals are recorded and using a processing step called wavefield separation two complementary data volumes are created: an up-going pressure wavefield and a down-going pressure wavefield. These wavefields are used in complementary ways for various subsurface imaging and characterization pursuits.

All events associated with sea-surface ghost reflections can be isolated and removed for traditional high-resolution imaging and subsurface characterization. Alternatively, separated data can be used for SWIM imaging to improve the resolution of the shallow subsurface where traditional imaging solutions fail.                              

The PGS wavefield separation solution preserves all pre-stack amplitude-versus-angle (AVA) information critical for accurate subsurface characterization by accounting for 3D emergence angle variations along each GeoStreamer.

Operationally, multisensor streamers are less noisy as they permit deep towing with a shallower front end to reduce tension and enable very wide streamer spreads. The upgoing wavefield has a rich low-frequency signal, courtesy of the deep towing, and also a rich high-frequency signal; this wavefield is not affected by sea-surface variations.

Accurately removing the time- and space-varying downgoing wavefield (the receiver ghost) improves survey repeatability for 4D reservoir monitoring and CCS/CCUS projects.

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