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GP3501: INTERPRETATION OF SEISMIC REFLECTION DATA (2020-2021)

Last modified: 24 Jun 2020 14:31


Course Overview

This course establishes and explains the principles underlying the interpretation of seismic reflection data, which are at the frontier for both academic and industrial geophysical applications; explains and illustrates the limitations and potential pitfalls interpreting seismic reflection data; and allows the student to practice interpreting seismic reflection data (1) in a geological and structural context and (2) in a sequence-stratigraphic context on paper sections (as proxy for a seismic interpretation workstation environment).

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Randell A Stephenson

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The main aims of the course are:

1. to understand the principles of interpreting seismic reflection data, including its limitations and potential pitfalls, with specific attention to migration and depth-conversion concepts and techniques, which are the frontier for both academic and industrial geophysical applications; and

2. to practice interpreting seismic reflection data in a geological and structural context on paper sections and in a seismic interpretation workstation environment; and

3. to practice interpreting seismic reflection data in a sequence-stratigraphic context on paper sections and in a seismic interpretation workstation environment.

The course provides Core Knowledge for a career as Geophysicist or Geologist in the industry. It also provides critical understanding of results derived by the practical applications of standard software to real dataset through practicals.

The course topics are:

1. review of seismic reflection acquisition procedures

2. synthetic seismograms and wavelet extraction

3. borehole-to-surface seismic tying

4. picking events and phase correlation

5. loop-tying

6. identifying faults

7. identifying salt structures and halokinesis

8. recognising seismic facies

9. digitising and contouring

10. learning how to use seismic interpretation workstation/software

11. 3D interpretation principles

12. depth conversion and migration

Thereafter there will be extensive student-led mini-project activity with students using software to build and interrogate geological models.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 4 Seminars during University weeks 25 - 34, 38

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Summative Assessments

Reflective Report

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Feedback

A combination of group-based peer-review sessions moderated by the course team, with feedback given after each major task and upon achievement of the intermediate goals.

Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

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Resit Assessments

Re-submission of failed elements

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