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Seismic Reflection Methods

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

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.

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 previous knowledge

BPG150 Geophysical methods applied to petroleum, PET110 Geophysics and Well Logging


Portfolio evaluation and written exam
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam2/54 hoursA - FDictionary.
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Portfolio Assessment3/5 A - F
The assessment consists of a written exam 40% and portfolio assessment, which counts for 60% of the final grade. Portfolio assessment consists of:
  • Written assignments that count for 30%
  • Project report that counts for 30%

All part of the folder assessment, in addition to the written exam, must be graded E or better to pass the course. If you fail a part of the folder assessment, you must retake the whole folder assessment the following year. The instructor sets the final grade.

Course teacher(s)

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.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Seismic reflection methods (MPG240_1) 10

Open to

Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology
Petroleum Geosciences Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme

Course assessment

Standard UiS procedure


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 14.08.2020