Basic Seismic Interpretation

Donald A. Herron and Robert C. Wegner

This course provides entry-level training in seismic interpretation and serves as a foundation for intermediate and advanced geophysics/seismic courses.

The course consists of lectures on fundamental topics including basics of petroleum geology, seismic response, velocity, resolution, seismic migration, seismic correlation and mapping techniques, and quantified interpretation. Lectures are supported by hands-on exercises, and the second day of the course includes two practical correlation and mapping projects. Each participant receives a copy of SEG Geophysical Monograph Series #16, First Steps in Seismic Interpretation, by Donald A. Herron.


Two days

Intended Audience

Entry level

Prerequisites (Knowledge/Experience/Education Required)

This course is intended for new hires, experienced geologists, and geoscience technicians who work with seismic data and wish to learn and develop basic seismic interpretation skills.

Course Outline

Day One

  • Introduction to Petroleum Geology
  • What is Seismic Exploration
  • Introduction to Seismic Interpretation
  • Seismic response
  • Velocity
  • Resolution
  • Seismic migration

Day Two

  • Fault interpretation
  • Horizon interpretation
  • Correlation and mapping exercise (3D seismic grid)
  • Quantified interpretation
  • Bright Spot Interpretation
  • Course summary

Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • Know basic concepts and practices of seismic interpretation.
  • Be able to interpret horizons and faults on seismic data.
  • Be able to identify interpretation problems and pitfalls.
  • Recognize the importance of seismic interpretation in a business context.

Instructor Biographies

Donald A. Herron
Robert C. Wegner