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367015000 Offshore prospecting 438
367037000 Land-reflection type 420
367025000 Well logging 170
20090092002ACOUSTIC COMMUNICATION AND CONTROL FOR SEISMIC SENSORS - A method for wireless communication in a seismic sensor network is disclosed. The method comprises providing a first acoustic device having at least one seismic sensor with communication and control data to communicate over an acoustic energy wave on a first communications channel. The first acoustic device generates the acoustic energy wave with a first wave intensity. The first acoustic device is configured to receive a reflection of the generated wave at a prescribed signal sensitivity level based on a network configuration. If the first wave intensity is below the prescribed signal sensitivity level, the first wave intensity of the acoustic energy wave is tuned to the prescribed signal sensitivity level to interpret the communication and control data provided by the first communications channel.04-09-2009
20130188447ANALOG IN POWER SUPPLY MODULE - The present disclosure relates methods and apparatus conducting a seismic survey. The apparatus includes an analog interface and power supply both disposed in a housing. The analog interface is configured to receive analog seismic data from a seismic sensor. The apparatus includes one or more of: (i) an isolation transformer disposed between the power supply and the analog interface and (ii) a analog interface clock configured to synchronized with a power supply clock. The method may include reducing power transmission losses and/or the effect of power supply noise on the seismic signals.07-25-2013
20080285379APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COLLECTING GEOPHYSICAL INFORMATION - An apparatus for collecting geophysical information may include a geophysical information station disposed along a seismic communication cable. A bypass circuit responsive to a command signal is in communication with a switching circuit that is operable to route electrical power, commands, data or a combination to bypass the geophysical information station in response to the command signal. An exemplary method for bypassing a geophysical information station in a geophysical information collection system includes sending a command signal to a bypass circuit and activating one or more switching circuits using the bypass circuit to route electrical power, commands, data or a combination to bypass the geophysical information station in response to the command signal.11-20-2008
20090245018COMBINED PROBE AND CORRESPONDING SEISMIC MODULE FOR THE MEASUREMENT OF STATIC AND DYNAMIC PROPERTIES OF THE SOIL - A combined probe includes a dilatometer probe, a gas conduit coupled to the dilatometer probe for providing a gas connection between the dilatometer probe and an external gas source, a wire located in the gas conduit for providing an electrical connection between the dilatometer probe and an external circuit, and a seismic module coupled to the wire located in the gas conduit to provide an electrical connection between the seismic module and the external circuit.10-01-2009
20100309747SYNCHRONOUS RECORDING SYSTEM AND SYNCHRONOUS RECORDING METHOD - A synchronous recording system is configured with a first seismograph and a second seismograph. The first seismograph includes a sensor, a GPS receiver, a data buffer, and a synchronous information transmission program that transmits synchronous information to the second seismograph, the information designating recording start time. The second seismograph includes a sensor, a GPS receiver, a data buffer, a recorder, a synchronous information reception program that receives the synchronous information, and a recording control program that starts, based on the synchronous information, recording in the recorder of oscillation data, which is recorded in the data buffer, from the designated recording start time.12-09-2010
20110242934PASSIVE SEISMIC DATA ACQUISITION AND PROCESSING USING MULTI-LEVEL SENSOR ARRAYS - A method for passive seismic surveying includes deploying seismic sensors in a plurality of spatially distributed wellbores disposed above a volume of subsurface formations to be evaluated. The sensors in each wellbore form a line of sensors. Each sensor generate optical or electrical signals in response to seismic amplitude. The seismic signals from each sensor are recorded for a selected period of time. The response of the seismic sensor recordings is beam steered to at least one of a selected point and a selected volume in the subsurface. At least one microseismic event is identified in the beam steered response.10-06-2011
20090279384Control Methods for Distributed Nodes - A method of controlling distributed devices includes configuring the devices to respond to a controlled signal; positioning the devices in an area of interest; and transmitting the controlled signal into the earth. The earth acts as the signal transmission medium. The method may include controlling a signal generator with a controller to transmit the controlled signal. An illustrative controlled signal may have a fixed frequency, a fixed amplitude, a fixed wave form, a modulated frequency, a modulated amplitude, a modulated wave form, and/or a predetermined duration. In aspects, the method may include connecting the signal generator to the earth and transmitting the controlled signal into the earth using the signal generator. Afterwards, the signal generator may be operated to impart seismic energy into the earth. The devices may be used to detect and record seismic energy that has reflected from underground formations.11-12-2009
20100284246SEISMOGRAPHY SYSTEM - The present invention provides a method and apparatus for providing simplified seismological surveys with increased accuracy and ease of use. The present invention uses data received from satellite positioning systems to obtain time and position information. The information is used to determine transmission times of pressure waves between a seismic source and a seismic sensor.11-11-2010
20110261645Non Explosive Process and Device for Triggering an Avalanche - The invention comprises a synergy of technology integrations including an acoustic device and method of using said device(s)—to initiate avalanche release as a non-explosive control alternative. The invention is an integration of technologies incorporating an acoustic device, power supply and amplification, inverter, digital signal processor, GPS, and RF receiver all housed in a rugged weather resistant enclosure with necessary gantry and rigging. The combination of these technologies allows control personnel to safely operate the equipment from a remote location. The invention is deployed remotely via a cable or network of cables to predetermined avalanche starting zone(s). The device can be rotated, panned the full length or range of the cable(s), and tilted offering the user comprehensive coverage of any topography. The invention can readily be integrated with equipment and infrastructures already in use such as bomb trams, cable and pylon networks, helicopters, chairlifts, and sensing and notification systems.10-27-2011
20110305105CONTROLLING SEISMIC SOURCES IN CONNECTION WITH A SEISMIC SURVEY - A technique includes receiving requests from mobile seismic sources and organizing the requests in a queue. The seismic sources are associated with respective paths of a survey plan, and each request indicates that one of the seismic sources is ready for an action to be performed by the seismic source. The technique includes regulating an ordering associated with the requests based on survey parameters and responding to the requests according to the ordering.12-15-2011
20090040870Attenuating a Surface Seismic Wave - To attenuate a surface seismic wave, seismic sensors having a predetermined orientation with respect to a surface are provided, where the seismic sensors receive seismic waves including a seismic wave reflected from a subterranean structure and the surface seismic wave propagating in at least a first direction that is generally parallel to the surface. A signal that represents a partial derivative of a wavefield containing the surface seismic wave is provided, and the signal is integrated to obtain a response in which the surface seismic wave is attenuated.02-12-2009
20120269032Magnetic Mass-Lift Impulsive Seismic Energy Source Including Attracting and Repulsing Electromagnets - A seismic energy source includes a base plate and a block fixedly coupled in a frame. The base plate is configured for contact with a part of the Earth's subsurface to be seismically energized. The frame has a first electromagnet associated therewith. A second electromagnet is disposed in a travelling reaction mass, which is movably disposed in the frame between the first electromagnet assembly and the top block. The reaction mass includes at least a third electromagnet associated therewith. The source has circuits for selectively energizing the first, second and at least a third electromagnets, and which are configured to energize the first and second electromagnets to repel each other such that the traveling reaction mass is lifted from the first electromagnet, and configured to energize the at least a third electromagnet after a selected delay time to cause attraction between the traveling reaction mass and the top block10-25-2012
20110158041Random 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
20130176817DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEM WITH REMOVABLE BATTERY HAVING INTEGRATED DATA STORAGE - Data acquisition modules and systems including batteries with integrated data storage. The battery with integrated data storage can be selectively removed from the data acquisition module. This allows for reduced logistical effort associated with data retrieval and battery charging. For instance, the entire data acquisition module need not be transported to a central location for data recovery and charging, but rather the removable battery with integrated storage may be removed and transported. Also facilitated is extended surveys in that the battery or storage module may be replaced, such that survey design limitations such as storage capacity or battery life may be eliminated.07-11-2013
20120250455SELECTING A SURVEY SETTING FOR CHARACTERIZING A TARGET STRUCTURE - Complex-valued sensitivity data structures corresponding to respective candidate survey settings are provided, where the sensitivity data structures relate measurement data associated with a target structure to at least one parameter of a model of the target structure. Based on the sensitivity data structures, a subset of the candidate survey settings is selected according to a criterion for enhancing resolution in characterizing the target structure.10-04-2012
20130201788METHOD OF SEISMIC SOURCE INDEPENDENT OPERATION - A method of controlling seismic data acquisition may include sending a first message to place a plurality of energy sources into an operating mode; sending a second message to place at least one of plurality of energy sources into a non-operating mode; and sending a third message from at least one energy source to a controller.08-08-2013
20130201789METHOD OF SEISMIC VIBRATORY LIMITS CONTROL AT LOW FREQUENCIES - A method of performing a seismic sweep determining a user-defined force at a frequency using user defined inputs; determining a maximum force at the frequency using sweep parameters; and using the maximum force to drive a seismic source if the user-defined force is greater than the maximum force.08-08-2013
20130208563METHOD OF SEISMIC SOURCE SYNCHRONIZATION - A method of controlling seismic data acquisition includes synchronizing a sampling rate of at least one node configured to acquire seismic data with a GPS timing signal from a first GPS seismic device; and delaying sending a start signal to one or more seismic sources, the delay being with reference to a GPS timing signal from a second GPS device.08-15-2013

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