TPG4190 - Seismic Data Acquisition and Processing


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 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

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

Knowledge: 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 also have good knowledge of software used for acquisition, processing and analysis of seismic data and a clear understanding of modern computational resources and their limitations, and basic knowledge of machine learning techniques used in seismic processing. Also basic knowledge of how seismic data acquisition impacts marine life and how to mitigate the effects is expected.

Skills: 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. Fundamental procedures for how to mitigate environmental impact of data acquisition should be known.

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, obligatory exercises and project. The course is evaluated by a reference group.

Compulsory assignments

  • Project
  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

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.

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 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D PAPIR
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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