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PTTC and TIPRO Workshops, Corpus Christi, April 23; Tyler, April 30; Midland, May 7, 2003

Multicomponent Seismic Technology

Bob Hardage


Multicomponent seismic technology is an emerging revolution in the seismic industry that should have an impact on oil and gas exploitation equivalent to that of 3-D seismic technology. The basic differences in 9-C, 4-C, and 3-C seismic data will be described and illustrated. In implementing multicomponent seismic technology, there will be new demands on seismic field procedures, data processing, and image interpretation. The key issues involved in these implementations will be summarized and discussed. Several examples of multicomponent seismic data will be shown that illustrate how this new technology can improve the understanding of geologic systems.