Robust Deblending of Simultaneous Source Seismic Data

GeoConvention 2019, Expanded Abstract
Aaron Stanton and Keith Wilkinson

Simultaneous source seismic acquisition is an efficient method of seismic surveying that can considerably reduce the cost of high density seismic acquisition. The method results in overlapping records, or interference, that must be removed prior to subsequent processing. Deblending methods typically rely on the incoherence of the blending noise relative to the underlying signal. There are many common situations where these assumptions break down, for instance, when underlying signal contains noise or erratic amplitudes, or when shooting times are not sufficiently random. We present a robust inversion based deblending algorithm that can overcome these challenges.