Land-Streamer vs. Conventional Seismic Data for High-Resolution Near-Surface Surveys

Sherif M. Hanafy

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Near-surface high-resolution seismic mapping is very important in many applications such as engineering and environmental. However, the conventional setup of the seismic technique requires planting geophones, connecting cables, and then collecting all equipment after completing the survey, which is time-consuming. In this study, we suggest using a land-streamer setup rather than the conventional setup for fast, accurate, and high-resolution near-surface seismic surveys. Only one field data set is recorded using both the conventional and the land-streamer setups. The recorded data is then compared in terms of time, frequency, wavenumber domains, and acquisition time. Following this, we compared the accuracy of the subsurface mapping of both setups using a synthetic example. The results show that the conventional setup can reach deeper depths but with lower accuracy, where the errors in imaging the local anomalies’ widths and thicknesses are 77% to 145% and 35% to 50%, respectively. The land-streamer setup provides accurate near-surface results but shallower penetration depth, here the errors in the anomalies’ widths and thicknesses are 5% to 12% and 10% to 20%, respectively.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)584
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 7 2022
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-05-25
Acknowledgements: This research was funded by College of Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences (CPG), King Fahd University of Science and Technology (KFUPM), grant number SF19013.The author would like to thank King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) for the permission of using their land-streamer in this study.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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