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Thursday, February 6, 2014

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Scalability Proven!

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John Flavell Smith
Wireless Seismic

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Wireless Seismic Inc. has introduced RT System 2, a cable-free seismic recording system, where all of the seismic data is transmitted back to the central recorder in real-time, via high bandwidth radio technologies. Over the last 3+ years, RT System 2 has been successfully deployed on dozens of commercial 2D and 3D seismic programs, both in North America and internationally. In early 2013, one of the questions that remained to be answered about the system, was whether this radio-based solution would be scalable to large channel counts - in the range of 10,000+ channels - and eventually to 50,000 channels and beyond.

In the summer of 2013, a completely wireless, 8,000-channel RT System 2 crew successfully completed a large 3D seismic survey in Kurdistan. Achieving this milestone represented a significant step forward in validating that the RT System 2 technology really is scalable to effectively handle large 3D seismic programs. In 2014, 3D deployments of more than 10,000 channels are planned, as the RT System 2 development program gears up to be able to support 50,000+ channel systems over the next 9 to 12 months.

The presentation will describe how RT System is architected and how it operates in the field. The methods and technologies that have been developed to overcome real-life operational challenges such as radio interference, dense vegetation, steep terrain, road and river crossings, moving vehicles, livestock, no permit zones, urban infrastructure etc., will be overviewed. Several commercial projects will be reviewed and discussed, especially the Kurdistan 3D project. This presentation will give the audience a good initial understanding of how a radio-based seismic recording system can be architected to cost-effectively overcome the very demanding challenges of acquiring onshore seismic data in a wide range of terrains and environments.

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