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Marine seismic surveying with towed components below water's surface

A skeg mounts from the stern of a towing vessel and extends below the waterline. A channel in the skeg protects cables for steamers and a source (e.g., air gun array) of a seismic system deployed from the vessel. Tow points on the skeg lie below the water's surface and... Ion Geophysical Corporation

Subsurface seismic deployment system and method

A seismic deployment system having a deployment apparatus, a tow line, and a carrier line having a plurality of seismic sensor coupled therealong. The deployment apparatus has a hydrodynamic body. The tow line is configured for towing the hydrodynamic body through a water column. The carrier line is engaged with... Ion Geophysical Corporation

Distributed seismic node computing

Seismic node systems can be configured for acquiring seismic sensor data with an array of seismic receivers or nodes deployable in a survey area, each receiver or node having a seismic sensor for acquiring the seismic sensor data, a clock, a controller and local memory. The seismic sensor can data... Ion Geophysical Corporation

Seismic data acquisition with varying distance between seismic vessels

A method for acquiring seismic data comprises operating a seismic vessel towing at least one of a seismic streamer with a plurality of seismic sensors and a seismic source. The inline distance between the vessel and one or more other vessels is adjusted according to a predefined function, where the... Ion Geophysical Corporation

Unmanned marine vessel for seismic sources

An unmanned vessel system can include a hull system configured to provide buoyancy, one or more seismic sources configured to generate seismic energy, and a deployment apparatus configured to deploy the seismic sources from the hull system to a water body or water column. A control system can be configured... Ion Geophysical Corporation

Reconnaissance marine seismic surveys having reduced density of sail lines

Methods, systems, and apparatuses are disclosed for conducting reconnaissance marine seismic surveys. In one example method of acquiring a marine seismic survey, a plurality of streamers are towed behind an acquisition vessel, the plurality of streamers defining a swath. A source is towed behind the acquisition vessel, and at least... Ion Geophysical Corporation

Dynamic gain adjustments in seismic surveys

Embodiments of dynamic gain adjustments in seismic surveys are described. One method of acquiring a seismic survey includes determining an arrival time at a seismic receiver of a downgoing seismic wavefield associated with a seismic source based at least in part on an estimated position of the seismic source, an... Ion Geophysical Corporation

Variable buoyancy control and recovery system for seismic data acquisition

A seismic apparatus includes one or more seismic cable systems configured to acquire seismic data, each seismic cable system having one or more of a cable jacket, a reservoir for a ballast fluid or other ballast medium, and an actuator or other transfer mechanism configured to transfer the ballast fluid... Ion Geophysical Corporation

Unmanned marine vessel for node deployment and retrieval

An unmanned seismic vessel system can include a hull system configured to provide buoyancy and a storage apparatus configured for storing one or more seismic nodes, each seismic node having at least one seismic sensor configured to acquire seismic data. A deployment system can be configured for deploying the seismic... Ion Geophysical Corporation

System and reconstructed wavefield inversion

Computer systems and methods are provided for seismic wavefield processing, including time domain reconstructed full wavefield inversion (TDRFWI) of seismic survey data. Suitable methods include forward propagating a source signal based on a model of a subsurface region, generating a residual based on the forward-propagated wavefield in comparison to field... Ion Geophysical Corporation

Multi-axis, single mass accelerometer

A seismic sensor comprises a central mass having three principal axes and disposed within a frame. A plurality of transducers is mechanically coupled between the frame and the central mass. The transducers are arranged in pairs, with the transducers in each pair being coupled to opposing sides of the central... Ion Geophysical Corporation

Ocean bottom seismic systems

A seismic sensor system includes a seismic sensor suspended in an acoustic medium, which is disposed between first and second sensor housings. The acoustic medium can be selected to preferentially transmit pressure wave energy, based on the acoustic impedance of the surrounding water column or other seismic medium. The acoustic... Ion Geophysical Corporation

Dynamically controlled foil systems and methods

Foil systems for steering source and receiver arrangements for gathering seismic data are connected to buoys supporting seismic sources and receivers. Each foil system includes a positive buoyancy device, a pair of control cables, a plurality of foil sections, and an actuator. The pair of control cables may be attached... Ion Geophysical Corporation

Acoustic ranging apparatus and methods

A ranging system comprises a plurality of streamers, each with a plurality of receivers. A plurality of transmitters is also disposed along one or more of the streamers, each configured to generate acoustic or ranging signals over one or more channels. A processor is configured to define a subset of... Ion Geophysical Corporation

Traveling ocean bottom seismic survey

Embodiments of a method and system for acquiring a marine seismic survey are described. One method may include depositing on a seafloor a line of cable sections extending in a first direction. The line of cable sections may have a first end and a second end and may include a... Ion Geophysical Corporation

Towed seismic node

A marine seismic sensor system includes a seismic node having at least one seismic sensor. The sensor is configured for sampling seismic energy when towed through a water column on a rope. The coupling can be adapted to modulate transmission of acceleration from the rope to the seismic node.... Ion Geophysical Corporation








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