Instructor: Stephen J. Hill (Colorado School of Mines Adjunct Professor)
Date & Time: April 30th - May 4th, 8am - 4:30pm
Course description: This “Fundamentals of Geophysical Data Processing” course is just that; it is an introductory course on fundamentals designed for individuals who work with seismic data. The course participants may be processing geophysicists, seismic interpreters or acquisition specialists. This course illustrates the ramifications of processing decisions on subsequent interpretations, showing data’s potential and the possible pitfalls for the unwary. The course is also of value for seismic acquisition specialists who desire to understand the constraints that seismic processing places on acquisition design.
This course presents material in a sequence that is the opposite of the sequence used in processing. In other words, the course presents the topics backwards, starting with migration and concluding with acquisition. Each processing step has its own input requirements; thus, understanding those input requirements provides the motivation for understanding the each preceding processing step.
Seismic processing is inherently mathematical. However, this course uses cartoons and real data examples to provide an intuitive understanding of the seismic processing procedures, resorting to an algebra-based argument on rare occasions. In total, the course contains more than one thousand illustrations, many representing the underlying mathematics.
The course participants receive the instructor’s eBook which contains the course content, including full narratives and illustrations.