Geophysics - Integrated Geophysics

Integrated Seismic Acquisition and Processing



  Mr Jack Bouska (Independent Consultant, Calgary, AB, Canada)


  2 days


  Geophysics – Seismic Acquisition






  10 CPD points




Course description

This course covers modern techniques in 3D seismic acquisition, introducing the seismic experiment as an integrated system composed of acquisition design, field operations, data processing, imaging and interpretation. This two-day course emphasizes how practical aspects of interpretation, data processing, imaging and/or field operations can either constrain, or liberate various survey design parameter choices.

The concept of adjusting survey design parameters for optimum imaging of the subsurface target, while honouring equipment and surface constraints, will be reinforced by using in class exercises, with examples of cutting edge seismic acquisition projects from around the world. These case histories will emphasize wide aperture, wide azimuth and multi-azimuth techniques for onshore, offshore and OBC acquisition 3D designs.


Course objectives

Each participant will gain a better understanding of the selection process for basic survey design parameters and how those parameter choices affect acquisition operations, data processing and the quality of the final image volume.


Course outline

  • Foundations: From thought to map in one easy step
  • Wave Propagation, Signal and Noise
  • Survey Design Fundamentals
  • Onshore Seismic: Dynamite and Vibroseis
  • Offshore Seismic: Tow streamer and Ocean bottom


Participants' profile

The course is designed for:

  1. Seismic acquisition specialists who wish to learn how to design cost-effective acquisition programmes that take advantage of modern state-of-the-art processing and imaging techniques;
  2. Seismic processing specialists who wish to learn some novel processing techniques to overcome perceived limitations in acquisition geometries;
  3. Seismic interpreters who wish to know more about both of the above.



Participants are assumed to possess a working knowledge of the seismic method and its use in exploration and reservoir management.


About the instructor

Jack Bouska graduated with a Geophysics degree from the University of Alberta (1980), working at Seiscom-Delta (1981) then Western Geophysical (1983), before joining Dome Petroleum in 1985 and continuing through the Dome-Amoco-BP mergers of 1988 & 1998. He has lived in; London U.K., Muscat Oman, and Calgary Alberta, tackling a wide variety of projects spanning across five continents. He initially started by revitalizing cost effective exploration in Canada using his invention of Sparse-3D, later expanding into the S. American Andes, with some of the world"s largest Heli-portable 3D"s. His innovation continued with novel acquisition techniques for Seabed OBC-3D"s in the North Sea, Caspian Sea, Gulf of Suez, Abu Dhabi, Indonesia and West of Shetlands. While in the UK, Jack also acted as team Leader for the upstream technology Reservoir Management team, prior to moving to Oman as the Middle East region Seismic Delivery Manager, where he instigated several ultra-high speed Vibroseis surveys made possible by his invention of Distance Separated Simultaneous Sweeping (DS3). In 2013 he moved back to Calgary to manage BP"s Oil Sands and Canadian offshore seismic programs, before retiring in 2015.

Jack's innovations in acquisition design and processing have been recognized by numerous geophysical societies; including the CSEG with the Best Theme Paper award in 1995, Best of Session papers in 1997 & 98 and best technical luncheon talk of 2014. The SEG also awarded Jack the Best Paper in the Leading Edge 2005, and Honorable Mention in Best Paper category, 2005 National convention. Jack has served as an EAGE Distinguished Lecturer for 2007-2008 and in 2009, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists selected him as the spring SEG Distinguished Lecturer in Geophysics. The SEG lecture was delivered at more than 40 venues, in 30 cities, across 15 countries, spanning five continents reaching approximately 2500 geophysicists world-wide during 2009. Jack is a member of the EAGE, SEG, CSEG, and APEGA.

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