TPG4125 - Seismic Wave Propagation


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Oral examination 100/100

Course content

Elastic waves. Basics of theory of elasticity. Wave equation and eikonal equation. Amplitudes and traveltimes. Converted waves, multiple reflected waves, diffracted waves, head waves and diving waves. Attenuation and velocity dispersion. Homogeneous and heterogeneous models. Multi-layered models. Reflection and transmission at interface. Anisotropic models and parameters. Theory of effective medium. Basics of seismic data processing and seismic imaging.

Learning outcome

This course will provide an overview and a theoretical understanding of how seismic waves propagate in the earth, especially with regard to applications of reflection seismics in the exploration for hydrocarbons.

Students should understand how seismic waves propagate in a medium and how a seismic acquisition is set up to measure the transmitted waves. In addition, students should have an overview of how seismic processing is performed.

Students should be able to interpret seismic shots and CMP-gathers with respect to different wave types. Students should also have an overview of concepts used in seismic wave propagation.

General competence:
Students should have a basic knowledge in seismic wave propagation as a basis for more advanced courses on the subject.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises. Lectures are held in English if international master's students attend the course. The course is evaluated by a reference group.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the form of assessment may be changed from written to oral examination.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Sheriff and Geldart: Exploration Seismology, Cambridge.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIG4020 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 2
No.of specialization hours: 6

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Seismics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum



Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 100/100 2020-11-24
Room Building Number of candidates
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