Resurrecting vintage paper seismic records

Miles, P.R.; Schaming, M.; Lovera, R.. 2007 Resurrecting vintage paper seismic records. Marine Geophysical Researches, 28 (4). 319-329.

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Marine seismic data has been collected for several decades in both academia and industry. Early single channel acquisitions were often, if at all, recorded on magnetic media that are generally no longer supported for replay. Although seismic data over 10 years old has limited quality compared to modern acquisition, thousands of survey km of hard copy records remains world wide in areas with no recent coverage. In addition, many processed multi-channel datasets are now not available as digital files for a variety of reasons. Rising interest in continental margin geology in response to climate change priorities and the UNCLOS submission requirements of maritime states has created a demand to re-use these older records where the cost of new or re-acquisition is not pragmatic. Through creating digital SEG-Y files from images of these records they can be reprocessed and re-interpreted. This paper investigates the practicalities of paper seismic record re-use and measures the performance of a typical conversion option as an indicator of the validity of the concept. Examples of applications of the process illustrate what can be achieved and the limitations that exist so that users can make an informed choice of whether to resurrect their information.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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ISSN: 0025-3235
Additional Keywords: Marine seismic profile, Seismic processing, Media transfer/data rescue, Transformation/conversion, SEG-Y format
Date made live: 14 Feb 2008 +0 (UTC)

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