Shearwater and Mondaic Enter Strategic Alliance to Optimize Seismic Surveys

Illustration (Credit: Shearwater GeoServices)
Illustration (Credit: Shearwater GeoServices)

Marine seismic acquisition firm Shearwater Geoservices and Mondaic, a provider of proprietary software and services for high-resolution 3D imaging, have entered a strategic collaboration for development and use of full waveform inversion solutions to enhance high-resolution subsurface imaging and optimize seismic acquisition surveys.

As part of the agreement, Shearwater has acquired exclusive and perpetual rights for the use and further development for subsurface applications of Mondaic’s wavefield simulation and inversion codes.

Furthermore, Shearwater has acquired an equity stake in Mondaic. Full waveform inversion is a key seismic data processing technology that improves visualization of subsurface structures, enhances reservoir understanding and helps planning and execution of more efficient surveys.

“This is an important partnership, embodying Shearwater’s dedication to creating and implementing cutting-edge technology and software to the benefit of our clients,” said Simon Telfer, SVP Software, Processing, and Imaging at Shearwater.

“We are thrilled to welcome Shearwater as a strategic investor. This partnership will advance Mondaic’s technology across all scales and industries, and it is a significant driver to accelerate our growth,” said Christian Boehm and Lion Krischer, the Co-Founders and Directors of Mondaic Michael AfanasievFull Waveform Inversion Importance for


Full waveform Inversion Importance for seismic processing value chain


Full waveform inversion is an integral part of the seismic processing value chain for subsurface exploration, characterization and monitoring due to its ability to estimate high-resolution subsurface property models in areas of complex geology with limited human user intervention.

The technology is also expected to play a strategic role for characterization and monitoring of subsurface carbon storage sites and in site surveys for wind farms.

Both companies are committed to collaborate on the development and use of full waveform inversion going forward.

Mondaic will be furthering the application of the jointly developed codes for ultrasonic non-destructive testing, material characterization, medical imaging, and other non-subsurface applications.

During 2024, Shearwater’s acoustic finite differences full waveform inversion will be gradually replaced by Mondaic’s elastic spectral elements code that can model subsurface wavefield and waveforms to the highest level of precision, according to the companies.

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