GEO9280 – Seismic Signal Processing and Imaging

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Course content

The course provides an introduction to basic signal theory, seismic data processing and imaging, combined with practical exercises on computer. The topics are central to those planning to work as geologists/geophysicists within the petroleum industry as well as those planning to work with near-surface geophysics applications (engineering and environmental problems) and mineral exploration.

Learning outcome

After completion of this course:

  • you understand the basic concepts of discrete signal analysis including sampling, aliasing and discrete Fourier transform
  • you are familiar with the construction and application of the most frequently used filters in seismic data analysis
  • you can build velocity models
  • you understand both post- and pre-stack migration/imaging in time- and depth-domains
  • you can process 2D seismic data using Promax software package
  • you will get experience with oral presentations of a selected journal paper within the subject field


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with GEO4280 – Seismic Signal Processing and Imaging


Lecturing (approx. 45 hours) and problem solving (approx. 15 hours). Basic filter exercises on computer using Matlab (approx. 10 hours). E-learning assisted seismic data processing using Promax (approx. 20 hours). As PhD student you must prepare and give an oral presentation based on a selected journal paper within the subject field. This presentation has to be approved before the final written exam. Two reports need to be submitted in connection with the filter exercises and the seismic data processing problem. They count for about 30% of the total mark.

Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Study administration, email address:

We reserve the right to cancel teaching in this course in semesters when less than 3 students are admitted.


  • An oral presentation based on a selected journal paper has to be approved before the final written examination.
  • Two reports written in connection with the filter exercises and the seismic data processing problem count for about 30%.
  • Final written examination (3 hours) counts for about 70%.
  • The final mark is given after an overall evaluation of each student.

Examination support material


Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: GEO4280 – Seismic Signal Processing and Imaging

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.


This course changed name from the spring of 2019 from GEO9280 – Seismic signal processing to GEO9280 – Seismic Signal Processing and Imaging.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2020

Spring 2019

GEO9280 change teaching semester to autumn in 2020.


Autumn 2020

Spring 2019

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