Communications – electrical: acoustic wave systems and devices – Seismic prospecting – Offshore prospecting
367 25, 367129, 181104, G01V 140, G01V 138
A seismic exploration method and system employing a streamer that houses at least one pair of orthogonally mounted hydrophones. The streamer may be operated downhole in a well, or may be towed in a body of water by a marine vessel. In the downhole embodiment, the invention permits detection of seismic signals of interest with suppression of noise due to tube waves and (dipole and monopole) modal waves propagating in and along the well, and without the need for locking the seismic detectors to the wall of the well. In the marine embodiment, the invention permits selective detection of waves incident from any incidence direction of interest (including the horizontal and vertical directions). In all embodiments, the incidence angle of the detected seismic wave is determined. The amplitude of the detected wave may also be determined from the incidence angle and the amplitude components detected at each hydrophone.
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Equitz Alfred A.
Exxon Production Research Company
Lobo Ian J.
O'Niell Herbert E.
Tarcza Thomas H.
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