High resolution shallow 3D seismic imaging

Key challenges in a nutshell

  • Active seismic imaging in the near-surface
  • Propagating high frequencies over long distances
  • Provide images at a reasonable cost

Short description of the technology

Imaging the subsurface is a key component to lower the uncertainties of the positioning of the infrastructure together with estimates of mechanical properties (elastic properties).

State of the Art: technology in existing gravitational wave detectors / TRL

3D reflection survey are standard in the O&G industry together with cloud based full waveform inversion. More recently, the technology has evolved to provide solution in the near surface and mid range depths.

Intended use in the frame of the Einstein Telescope

The use will be as a pre-survey to prepare the construction phase of the infrastructure.

Improvements needed: Technological challenge for the Einstein Telescope

There is a challenge in terms of adapting the technology to shallow depths where attenuation is stronger and to propagate the highest frequencies over long distances (so need for sources development for broadband sources) and to a reasonable costs in terms of surveying (sensors deployement) and with a low-carbon footprint. The integration of surface waves in FWI is still challenging in terms of computations.

Economic perspectives of participation beyond the ET applications

We are open to any companies’ proposals.

Related projects and labs

Ongoing and future procurements

2D seismic lines are planned.

Business Development contacts

Peter Gier
AGIT DE – p.gier@agit.de

Dirk Kalinowski
NMWP DE – dirk.kalinowski@nmwp.de

Michel Stassart
Skywin BE – michel.stassart@skywin.be

Maxime Corvilain
POM Limburg BE – maxime.corvilain@pomlimburg.be

René Kessen
LIOF NL – rene.kessen@liof.nl

Technology contact

Peter Kukla
RWTH Aachen DE – peter.kukla@emr.rwth-aachen.de