Postgraduate Research Student
Geology & Geophysics Group
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
phone: +44 (0) 23 80596547
Mark Vardy is a third year PhD student, working toward the development of a decimetre-resolution 3D marine seismic system and associated processing strategem. Although recently a large portion of his time has been devoted to testing fundamental shot timing, RTK-GPS positioning, and SEG-Y generation algorithms, his research is generally focused on optimizing the processing of high-resolution, swept-frequency marine seismic data for interpretation purposes.
Particular attention is focussed on sampling of the 3D wavefield, and methods of regularization to accommodate undersampling prior to pre- or post-stack 3D time migration. A combination of forward modelling and controlled environment testing has allowed a variety of different data regularization and imaging algorithms to be compared in terms of their imaging effectiveness and computational cost.
- High-resolution marine seismic acquisition.
- Seismic convolution theory.
- Sampling theorem.
- Pre- and post-stack 3D time migration.
These techniques have been successfully applied to shallow water engineering targets in several harbours on the south coast of the UK and Holland, along with a geologically interesting target in Windermere, UK Lake District.
With the engineering targets, the combination of our decimetre resolution, true 3D seismic volume with extensive post-survey dredging confirmed our ability to locate 100% of buried and part-buried targets, and to image them such that post-migration size, shape, and limited acoustic property information can be presented (see Figure below).