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Seismic Imaging Improvement Thanks to a True Wide-azimuth Pre-processing Sequence Applied to a 3D OBC DatasetNormal access

Authors: J. -L. Boelle, S. Navion, F. Adler, S. Le Bégat, P. Hugonnet and K. Kravik
Event name: 70th EAGE Conference and Exhibition incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2008
Session: Wide/Multi Azimuth Acquisition and Processing (EAGE)
Publication date: 09 June 2008
DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.20147725
Organisations: SPE, EAGE
Language: English
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High density wide-azimuth Ocean Bottom Cable acquisitions have proven their efficiency to better image complex structures in the North Sea. Yet conventional pre-processing sequences have not taken into account the full potential offered by such acquisitions (Soudani et al. 2006). In this paper, we demonstrate the advantages of a true wide-azimuthal pre-processing regarding noise attenuation on data where the low signal to noise ratio is a main challenge. Following Soudani et al. (2006), a decomposition of the common receiver gathers into the 3D -px-py domain is used to filter out linear noise. A specific two-step sequence is proposed to attenuate the artefacts produced by the strongly aliased direct wave with acceptable run-time effort and data storage. Our results are compared, before and after pre-stack depth migration, with those derived from a more conventional processing approach.

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