Bringing home
the data

Marine acquisition & survey methods

Seismic surveys help us find clear answers to the Earth’s deepest questions. And no-one knows how to find out what’s beneath the seafloor like we do.


Seismic surveys help us understand the geological structure below the seafloor. But the raw data is complex and needs careful examination in context before we can fully reveal the information it holds.

Our technology sends pressure waves to the subsurface and then records small, reflected parts of this wave field using sensors that detect pressure or motion.

Shearwater experts unravel this data for you through processing and imaging using technical algorithms. And we tailor our services so you can make informed choices for more cost-effective and sustainable outcomes.

Survey methods

4D multicomponent


Shearwater’s marine acquisition services are built on decades of major investments in research and engineering. We’ve gathered data in different deep and shallow water environments and geological conditions, all over the world.

Our talented crews and geophysics experts strive tirelessly for new, improved ways of working and advances in technologies, meaning we lead the way with the world’s most advanced, fit-for-purpose towed streamer and nodal solutions, deployed by ropes and remotely operated vehicles.
We have high capability seismic platforms equipped with the most advanced systems, delivering the highest quality results.

Our legacy of in-depth knowledge and experience in every aspect of our business is vast and dynamic. From survey design and planning to maritime and geophysical operations performance, onboard quality control and processing – all performed by teams of highly trained professionals.

And we do this with the highest safety standards, by using rigorous procedures and monitoring.
Our state-of-the-art products and services are developed inhouse or with other industry leaders. We’ve taken ocean bottom nodes to the forefront of scientific development with the smallest, lightest and long-battery life node in Pearl. And we have pushed forward development on towed streamer with Isometrix and Qmarine.

This choice of technologies gives you the smartest, most accurate surveys in the quickest time possible and at the best value in the market. While our software, processing and imaging methods and expertise can give you the clearest picture possible.

Combined with our flexible, well-equipped fleet of vessels, wherever your project is based and in whatever environment and geological conditions, we can model a solution for you. We’re happy to talk you through the best data acquisition method – or combination of methods – for your project and budget. Give our experts a call…


Dual vessel long offset acquisition

Seismic stories,
deep experience

Timelapse, 4D seismic processing, reveals field’s secrets
Pop-up processing centres to support remote areas of India

Deepen your


To measure the earths response, you need excellent receivers.

Software, processing & imaging

Without a clear picture of what you’re working with, you can’t make clear decisions.

Acquisition platforms

Our marine acquisition services are built on decades of major investments.


Ed Hager, our data expert is here to help.