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This three-dimensional seismic data acquisition project was successful in that the required survey area was covered, at the parameters required, within the time and budget allocation. A flexible approach to layout considerations enabled the recording operation to be completed in a minimal amount of time. With the need for only a limited aperture it would be possible to build up a larger three-dimensional area from a sequence of smaller blocks. This could be particularly applicable to potential surveys with limited yearly budgets. The data were processed using the ProMAX three-dimensional processing software package. No significant problems were encountered. The output from the processing was a volume of data that could be loaded onto a workstation for detailed interpretation. Quality control plots of vertical and horizontal sections through the data were made. The project demonstrated that three-dimensional seismic surveying can be used to reduce the geological risk to mining within shear zones or other geologically complex areas in the Selby coalfield. The results of the survey, in terms of the quality of information available for mine planning, are very encouraging and another cost-effective exploration tool is now demonstrably available.

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Authors: BRITISH COAL CORPORATION, British Coal Corporation, Cheltenham (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17161 EN (1997) 111pp., FS, ECU 20
Availability: Available from the (2)
ISBN: ISBN 92-826-6978-5
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