An evaluation of the impact of shot and receiver lines spacing on seismic data quality – the Wierzbica 3D AGH seismic experiment


  • Jan Barmuta AGH – University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection
  • Monika Korbecka former student at Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection
  • Piotr Hadro AGH University of Science and Technology
  • Krzysztof Pieniądz AGH - University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection, Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków
  • Michał Stefaniuk AGH - University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection
  • Krzysztof Dzwinel ORLEN Upstream Sp. z o.o.
  • Arkadiusz Buniak ORLEN Upstream Sp. z o.o.



seismic data interpretation, signal-to-noise ratio, seismic attributes


An attempt was made to describe the quality of the stacked seismic data semi-quantitatively with respect to the spacing of shot and receiver lines. The methods used included: signal-to-noise ratio calculation, seismic-to-well tie accuracy, wavelet extraction effectiveness and reliability of semi-automated interpretation of seismic attributes. This study was focused on the Ordovician-Silurian interval of the Lublin Basin, Poland, as it was considered as a main target for the exploration of unconventional hydrocarbon deposits. Our results reconfirm the obvious dependency between the density of the acquisition parameters and data quality. However, we also discovered that the seismic data quality is less affected by the shot line spacing than by comparable receiver line spacing. We attributed this issue to the fact of the higher irregularity of the shot points than receiver points, imposed by the terrain accessibility. We have also proven that the regularity of receiver and shot point distribution is crucial for the reliable interpretation of structural seismic attributes, since these were found to be highly sensitive to the acquisition geometry.


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Author Biographies

Jan Barmuta, AGH – University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection

Department of Fossil Fuels, Research and Teaching Assistant

Piotr Hadro, AGH University of Science and Technology

Department of Fossil Fuels, PhD student/Senior Technical Specialist


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How to Cite

Barmuta, J., Korbecka, M., Hadro, P., Pieniądz, K., Stefaniuk, M., Dzwinel, K., & Buniak, A. (2020). An evaluation of the impact of shot and receiver lines spacing on seismic data quality – the Wierzbica 3D AGH seismic experiment. Geology, Geophysics and Environment, 46(2), 93.




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