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Conclusion and Future Work

I have illustrated my methodology for flexible survey design with an example in which a shallow reflector required a particularly dense acquisition geometry and have shown that it is possible to reduce considerably the number of sources by concentrating the acquisition effort where it is really required and relaxing it where is it safe to do so.

There are many issues that remain to be investigated, among them using the bin distribution of offsets and azimuths as constraints, considering multiple targets and non-standard geometries. The basic optimization method is already in place through the use of micro-genetic algorithms.

A critical issue to investigate is the influence of errors in the initial subsurface model in the computed geometry. Ultimately, I would like to quantify independently the influence of errors in reflector depths, reflector dips and velocities.


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7/8/2003