Introduction to Seismic Acquisition

Andrea Crook

Instructor: Andrea Crook
Date: November 07 - 08, 2019
Duration: 2 days
Members (early bird/price): CAD$ 800/1000 (plus GST)
Non-members (early bird/price): CAD$ 900/1100 (plus GST)
Location: TBA
Time: TBA


Andrea Crook, P.Geoph., is the President of OptiSeis Solutions Ltd., which she co-founded in 2011. The company is focused on developing innovative acquisition solutions for acquiring high resolution seismic data and also provides geophysical acquisition software. As President, she currently oversees both seismic acquisition design projects and software development. Andrea’s previous experience includes seismic processing and geophysical operations at Shell Canada, and geophysical consulting on both potash and oil & gas seismic programs at Boyd PetroSearch.

Andrea is an active member of the SEG, CSEG, EAGE, and APEGA. She currently teaches seismic acquisition courses for the SEG, the CSEG Doodletrain, and privately upon request.


This course will provide a practical understand of land seismic acquisition. In this hands-on course, students will participate in all aspects of planning and implementing 2D and 3D seismic surveys. The course will cover:

  • Seismic survey objectives
  • Input data required for design analysis
  • 2D design & parameter selection
  • 3D design & parameter selection
  • Survey layout with a focus on surface modeling
  • Seismic acquisition equipment
  • Field implementation
  • Acquisition QC

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand and apply basic seismic acquisition design techniques
  • Recommend 2D & 3D parameters that meet imaging objectives
  • Apply basic surface modeling concepts
  •  Understand various components of field operations
  • Have an awareness of how seismic acquisition affects processing, interpretation, and QI

Both paper and computer-based course exercises will be completed. For the computer-based exercises, students are encouraged to bring a laptop with the following minimum requirements:

  • Memory: 8 GB or more preferred
  • Hard Drive: 50 GB free space
  • Video Card: 256 MB with 32-bit Color Quality (must support Open GL 4.0)
  • CPU: 64-bit 1.8 GHz or better. Quad-Core (or more) preferred
  • Microsoft Excel or an equivalent spreadsheet program