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 Identify soft and hard ground as areas of potentially poor source and receiver coupling

Challenge ID:



Onshore: Hatfield


Identify soft and hard ground as areas of potentially poor source and receiver coupling.


ON 1.1: Seismic Planning - Areas of poor coupling

Consortium Lead:

RPS Group

Interviewed Company:

RPS Group


ON.REG.03 - Canada

Challenge Description

What is not possible / not adequately addressed at present?

Information on the distribution of potentially poor coupling areas such as gravel, sandy, and wet required. Allows for mitigation by increasing source or receiver effort and/or pre-planning for increased or modified data processing efforts.


What effect does this challenge have on operations?

Soft, saturated ground  can affect data quality and value.  Operations are limited in terms of location or season where soft ground is present.

Thematic information requirements:

Land cover

Topographic information

Water Quantity

What do you currently do to address this challenge? 

How is this challenge conventionally addressed?

Planning using high quality topographic mapping data where available.

Adjust timing to conduct operations in cold weather or bring in very specialized equipment (at very high cost).

Adjust timing to the dry season. Accepting sub-optimal data as the only option in warm weather operations.

What kind of solutions do you envisage could address this challenge?

Vegetation interpretation related to the underlying soil condition.  Soil moisture information

What is your view on the capability of technology to meet this need?

Are you currently using EO tech? If not, why not?

LiDAR can help to identify vegetation types and stand heights.

Satellite-based EO needs to compete on price and capability.

Challenge Classification

Impact on Lifecycle (0=none, 4=high):

Climate / Topography / Urgency:



Climate class:

Dry, Severe Mid-Latitude, Polar




Topographic class:

Not specific



Seasonal variations:

Any season



Impact area:

Data Quality



Technology urgency:

3 - Immediately (0-2 years)

Challenge Information Requirements

Update frequency:


Data currently used:

Topographic maps

Spatial resolution:

Regional, Basin

Thematic accuracy:

Not specific

Required formats:

Not Specific

Timeliness (Vintage):

Reference data

Geographic extents:


Existing standards:



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