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Seismic Reflection Methods GEO520

Seismic reflection methods constitute the main geophysical tools used in the oil industry for exploration and production of hydrocarbons. In order to carry out proper and valid interpretation of seismic data, it is essential first to have a thorough understanding of the geophysical principles behind the different aspects of seismic data acquisition and the various modules involved in seismic data processing.

Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.

Course code


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Semester tution start


Number of semesters


Exam semester

Spring, Autumn

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Offered by

Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Energy Resources

Learning outcome
After completing this course the student will be able to:
  • Master the basic principles of seismic wave propagation and ray theory, including mathematical foundations, but stressing the physical concepts underpinning the theory.
  • Be familiar with the many different considerations involved in the acquisition of seismic data in the field, whether in the land or marine setting.
  • Be familiar with the various steps in seismic processing, from raw data to final section. This includes both the principles and parameters involved in each module as well as proper sequences of application thereof.
  • Be familiar with many of the processing concepts that merge into interpretational considerations and with the use of special seismic attributes and specialized techniques.
  • Basics of seismic wave theory.
  • Seismic velocity, ray theory, amplitude.
  • Seismic reflection events.
  • Seismic data acquisition.
  • Seismic data processing.
  • Seismic interpretation basics.
  • Specialized techniques.
Required prerequisite knowledge
Recommended prerequisites
BPG150 Geophysical methods applied to petroleum, PET110 Geophysics and Well Logging

Portfolio evaluation , project report and school-exam

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Portfolio Assessment 3/10 A - F
Project report 3/10 A - F

The course has continuous assessment that consists of Portfolio asesssment, Project report, and exam. All parts must be passed in order to pass the course.Portfolio assessment consists of 4-6 written assignments. The grade of the Portfolio is not given until all the reports have been assessed and the folder as a Whole graded. For the Portfolio, there are no resit possibilities.

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Wiktor Waldemar Weibull
Course coordinator: Wiktor Waldemar Weibull
Head of Department: Alejandro Escalona Varela
Method of work
Class participation is important as the course will involve, in addition to lectures, classroom exercises, training of computer skills and use of geophysical software, as well as application of learned concepts in the lab.
Open for
Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology Petroleum Geosciences Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme
Course assessment
Standard UiS procedure
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Seismic reflection methods (MPG240) 10
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