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SC - 07 Understanding Signals: Basic Waveform Analysis from a Geophysical Perspective

Society of Exploration Geophysicists

Thursday, 22 July Sunday, 25 July 2021, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.  |  Houston, Texas

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Who Should Attend

This course will be valuable for geologists, junior seismic interpreters, software developers, high school and university students, and geophysical professionals seeking a refresher of the basic concepts.


  1. Define signals and signal analysis
  2. Define digital sampling requirements
  3. Discuss the fourier approach to signal synthesis
  4. Distinguish different digital filtering strategies.
  5. Distinguish the difference between signal spectral and measurement domains
  6. Construct signal analysis processes with spreadsheets

Course Content

This 16 hour course is based on the successful 2019 SEG book “Understanding Signals: Basic waveform analysis from a geophysical perspective.” It is designed for students as well as professionals who work with and support geophysicists and presents a simple and informal discussion of the fundamental concepts which underlie the quantitative part of geophysical analysis and interpretation.

Topics will include the concept of signals based on the sine function; the summation of sine waves as a more complicated signal; the notion of Fourier series and the spectral representation of signals; digital sampling and discrete representation of signals; the discrete Fourier forward and inverse transforms; the concept of filtering both in the spectral domain and outside of it by convolution, and the relationship between the measurement and spectral domains.

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Understanding Signals: Basic waveform analysis from a geophysical perspective

  • Author(s) Dr. Michael John Andrew Burianyk
  • ISBN 9781560803577
  • Catalog # 163A-19
  • Published 2019
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Professional Members
Professional Non-Members
Class Limit
Professionals 20
Students 5
Educational Credits
1.6 IACET accredited CEU
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Course Notes
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Michael Burianyk was born and raised on the Canadian Prairies. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a BSc in physics and geophysics, and later received from the same institution an MSc in geological sciences, writing his thesis on seismic data he helped collect on an Arctic ice station. Next, he earned a PhD in geophysics from the University of Alberta, studying the crust and lithosphere of western Canada, planning and participating in several LITHOPROBE field programs. After spending time in academic research, he moved to the petroleum industry where he gained expertise in amplitude vs. offset methods, seismic inversion, rock physics, and seismic petrophysics with Core Labs and later Shell Canada. He lived in The Netherlands for a decade, working with Shell’s R&D group in gravity and magnetics and later in their software development division as a geoscience subject matter expert directing the development of software applications and creating associated workflows for gravity and magnetics, EM, QI seismic, seismic balancing, surface gridding, and geodetics. Currently, he lives in Nice, France, creating geophysical educational material and pursuing other writing projects.



SC - 07 Understanding Signals:  Basic Waveform Analysis from a Geophysical Perspective
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston, Texas 77010
United States
(713) 853-8000