WesternGeco L. L. C.
|WesternGeco L. L. C. Patent applications|
|Patent application number||Title||Published|
|20120112752||COMBINING DIFFERENT ELECTROMAGNETIC DATA TO CHARACTERIZE A SUBTERRANEAN STRUCTURE - First electromagnetic data is acquired for a subterranean structure using a first survey technique, and second electromagnetic data is acquired for the subterranean structure using a second, different survey technique in which static positioning of at least one electromagnetic source is employed. The first and second electromagnetic data are combined to characterize the subterranean structure.||05-10-2012|
|20120057431||GENERATING INVERSION READY SEISMIC DATA - A technique includes receiving first seismic data acquired by one or more receivers in response to energy produced by one or more seismic sources interacting with a subsurface feature. The first seismic data is indicative of measured reflection coefficients for image points for the subsurface feature, the measured reflection coefficients are associated with incidence angles, and a range of the incidence angles varies with respect to an image point position. The technique includes processing the first seismic data in a machine to generate second data indicative of a normal incidence reflection coefficient for at least one of the image points not associated with a normal angle of incidence.||03-08-2012|
|20110158041||Random Sampling for Geophysical Acquisitions - The presently disclosed technique includes a method for geophysical survey having at least one source and one receiver, wherein the survey has two sets of survey locations within the survey area, one set of survey locations for the source(s) and the other set of survey locations for the receiver(s), wherein the survey locations in one set are randomized.||06-30-2011|
|20090024328||PROCESSING SEISMIC DATA USING INTERFEROMETRY TECHNIQUES - Method for processing seismic data. In one implementation, the method includes converting a common midpoint (CMP) gather of seismograms into one or more interferogram common midpoint (ICMP) gathers, generating a semblance spectrum for each ICMP gather, stacking the semblance spectrum from each ICMP gather to generate a combined semblance spectrum and deriving a normal moveout (NMO) velocity profile from the combined semblance spectrum.||01-22-2009|
|20080294347||METHOD OF AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING SEISMIC DATA - A method of acquiring or processing multi-component seismic data obtained from seismic signals propagating in a medium, the method comprising the steps of: selecting a first portion of the seismic data in which the first arrival contains only upwardly propagating seismic energy above the seafloor; and determining a first calibration filter from the first portion of the seismic data, the first calibration filter being to calibrate a first component of the seismic data relative to a second component of the seismic data.||11-27-2008|
|20080279045||APPARATUS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING POSITION OF MARINE SEISMIC ACOUSTIC RECEIVERS - Apparatus, systems and methods for calculating position of marine seismic acoustic receivers, and for estimating sound velocity profile of a fluid, are disclosed. One position calculation system includes a vessel, two or more vessel hull-mounted transmitters, a plurality of acoustic receivers on a cable being deployed from the vessel into the fluid, and a calculation unit. The calculation unit may be adapted to calculate position of the receivers, and may be used in calculating the sound velocity profile in the fluid and correcting raw seismic data. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract, which will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims. 37 CFR 1.72(b).||11-13-2008|
|20080279042||ACTIVE STEERING FOR MARINE SOURCES - A seismic survey system includes a winch having a winch cable coupleable to a source array towable between two deflected lead-ins, a positioning system for determining a current position of the source array and a controller for adjusting the winch to modify the current position of the source array to a desired crossline position. The winches may be attached to the deflected lead-ins or mounted on a tow vessel. The winches exert lateral forces on the source array, derived from the deflected lead-ins, to control the inline position of the source array. A method includes positioning a seismic source array in tow behind a vessel comprises determining a current position of the source array and adjusting a lateral force applied to the source array to move the source array to a desired crossline position. Optionally, by adjusting the gun cable winch, the inline position may be controlled.||11-13-2008|
|20080275650||METHOD OF AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING SEISMIC DATA - A method of processing seismic data that includes including first and second modes of seismic energy where the second mode has been generated by partial mode conversion of the first mode at a boundary face of a layer of the seabed includes the step of cross-correlating a trace acquired at a receiver and including events corresponding to the first mode with a trace acquired at the same receiver and including events corresponding to the second mode. An event in the cross-correlated data that corresponds to partial mode conversion is identified, and the amplitude of this event is normalized, for example relative to the amplitude of the peak in the cross-correlogram at zero time delay. Information about the effects of the static shift produced by the layer and/or about vector infidelity can be arrived from normalized cross-correlograms for receivers in a receiver array.||11-06-2008|
|20080267010||Methods and Systems for Efficiently Acquiring Towed Streamer Seismic Surveys - Methods and systems for efficiently acquiring towed streamer marine seismic data are described. One method and system comprises positioning a plurality of source-only tow vessels and one or more source-streamer tow vessels to acquire a wide- and/or full-azimuth seismic survey without need for the spread to repeat a path once traversed. Another method and system allows surveying a sub-sea geologic feature using a marine seismic spread, the spread smartly negotiating at least one turn during the surveying, and shooting and recording during the turn. This abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract, allowing a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.||10-30-2008|
Patent applications by WesternGeco L. L. C.