TPG4190 - Seismic Data Acquisition and Processing


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 40/100
Written examination 60/100 4 hours D

Course content

Seismic data acquisition. Seismic sources (land and marine), sensors and recording equipment. Environmental aspects related to seismic acquisition. Borehole seismic. Seabed seismic. Seismic processing. Three-dimensional seismic exploration. Seismic imaging techniques and analysis of seismic data.

Learning outcome

The students should know how seismic data are acquired, processed and analyzed.

The students should understand the basic theory and principles of seismic data acquisition, and how to assess critical acquisition parameters. They should know the key steps in seismic processing, and finally know how the final processed data are used in exploring the earth's subsurface i.e. exploration and production of hydrocarbons.

The students should know how to derive and apply basic equations that are used in acquisition and processing of seismic data. They should know how to perform a simple seismic processing of seismic field data.

General competence:
The students should understand the basic principles used in seismic imaging, and realize similarities and differences to for instance medical imaging techniques. They should learn how to use self-critical analysis methods and to present scientific work to others.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and compulsory project work. Lessons are based on project, where the project consists of processing a seismic data set. The project work counts for 40% of the final grade. The lectures are held in English if international master's students attend. The course is evaluated by a reference group.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a final written exam (60%) and evaluation of a report from compulsory project (40%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade. If the teaching is given in English, the examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments. If there is a re-sit examination, the form of assessment may be changed from written to oral examination. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

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

Articles, books and compendia.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIG4060 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 3
Lab hours: 2
No.of specialization hours: 7

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: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD work 40/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 60/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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