When it comes to land or marine acquisition (oil exploration, for instance), I can see from literature that quality control (QC) is performed during the survey to ensure that the seismic traces obtained are not faulty. However, I see contradicting values for the amount of data that is required for QC. In [1], it is mentioned that just around 10 bytes/minute are sufficient. Meanwhile in [2], it is mentioned that the data collected over the entire day is used for QC.

Can someone point me to a good source where I can understand this aspect better?

[1] - http://home.deib.polimi.it/savazzi/articles/06495774mag.pdf (Page 3, second paragraph under 'Shooting-Blind vs Real Time Telemetry Systems)

[2] - http://www.smngc.ru/en/seismic-surveys/quality-control-of-the-seismic-data/


After a more elaborate literature survey, it turns out that there are two types of quality control that can be performed on seismic data. One is of the acquisition parameters [1], which are just a few bytes per minute. Meanwhile, in [2], the entire data can be screened through QC software before being sent to a central server. This would help report errors in the acquisition process before conducting further sweeps.

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