Wireless acquisition system proves its worth on Kurdistan survey ///

A wireless seismic system offers a more efficient way to acquire data in challenging terrain. The system proved its capabilities on a record-breaking survey in Iraqi Kurdistan, facilitating seismic acquisition, despite a regional earthquake and armed conflict between the Kurds and ISIS. Seismic systems have been around for a long time. While they were first developed to track earthquakes, the pursuit of hydrocarbons has led to the development of ever-more sophisticated systems to image the Earth’s subsurface. In simple terms, a seismic recording system will sense, sample and capture movements of the earth, whether natural or produced by a man-made source of energy. The “sound” waves are captured by tens of thousands of geophones, spread over the area of interest. The captured or recorded data are then processed, using some of the world’s most powerful computer hardware and software, to produce the familiar volumes of seismic data, which are the best indication we have, short of the drill bit, of the presence of subsurface hydrocarbon traps.

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