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Introduction to Field Work

Course ID: t72

Introduces the field aspects of reflection seismology, examining seismic exploration in the field on land, at sea, and in between. Describes elements of seismic operation instruments, locations, people and steps taken by seismic crews to record high quality data.

Details various tasks and environments peculiar to land-oriented field work. Emphasizes use of explosive sources and safety of operations. Stresses public relations due to direct impact of land work on land owners, lessees and political bodies.

Analyzes field work at sea and in the transition zone. Examines equipment, costs and special problems, hazards, requirements and advantages of field work in marine settings. Particular attention is paid to navigational systems.

Total Number of Subtopics: 18

  • Introduction to Field Work
  • Improving the Signal-to-Noise Ratio
  • Multiple Coverage in Action
  • Recording Instruments
  • The Land Seismic Source
  • The Land Seismic Receiver
  • The Seismic Record
  • Acquisition Constraints
  • Maps and Imagery in Seismic Planning
  • Costs and Contracts
  • Marine Work
  • The Transition Zone
  • Multi-Component Data
  • Organization of the Field Crew
  • Safety
  • The Location of Seismic Lines
  • The Observer's Report
  • Introduction to Field Work: References and Additional Information
Estimated Time: 6 hours 20 minutes on a full time basis