Seismic Soundoff

Seismic Soundoff

In-depth conversations in applied geophysics.


18 Mar 2021

Episode 109: The truth and value of simultaneous source technology

In this episode, host Andrew Geary speaks with Ray Abma on his new book, Simultaneous Source Seismic Acquisition.

This book introduces simultaneous source technology and helps those who practice it succeed. This work is written through the lens of decades of experience and allows readers to understand the development of independent simultaneous sourcing.

In this widely relevant and persuasive interview, Ray shares why you should acquire seismic data using simultaneous source acquisition, the close relationship between data acquisition and data processing, how marine seismic interference may be a thing of the past, and tips on convincing management and technical staff to use this new technology. This conversation applies to a wide variety of disciplines and jobs - make sure to listen!

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Ray Abma graduated from Stanford University in 1995 with a Ph.D. in geophysics after working in the Stanford Exploration Project with Jon Claerbout as his advisor. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1974 with a B.S. in Physics and minors in Mathematics and Computer Science. He worked for BP and ARCO as a senior research geophysicist from 1997 to 2018, Shell from 1995 to 1997, and Western Geophysical from 1974 to 1991. He is presently a visiting scientist at the Texas Consortium for Computational Seismology (TCCS) at the University of Texas in Austin. Ray’s research interests are noise attenuation, interpolation and regularization, simultaneous sourcing, and coded sources.

Ray's interests are seismic interpolation and regularization, multiple and noise attenuation, sparse inversion, coded source seismic acquisition, and simultaneous source acquisition. He is a member of SEG, EAGE, GSH, and SIAM.


This episode is sponsored by TGS


TGS offers a wide range of energy data and insights to meet the industry where it’s at and where it’s headed.

TGS provides scientific data and intelligence to companies active in the energy sector. In addition to a global, extensive and diverse energy data library, TGS offers specialized services such as advanced processing and analytics alongside cloud-based data applications and solutions.

Original music by Zach Bridges.

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This episode was hosted, edited, and produced by Andrew Geary of 51 features, LLC. Thank you to the SEG podcast team: Ted Bakamjian, Jennifer Crockett, Ally McGinnis, and Mick Swiney.
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