Quality control (QC) has generally been considered by the seismic data acquisition industry to simply be a method to determine if the recording system is performing within the tolerances of the instrument manufacturer’s specifications and that the geophysical specifications of the survey design are being matched. With today’s modern recording systems there is a large amount of information that is being recorded that can provide significant benefits beyond the normal QC perspective. Much of this information is frequently ignored or misunderstood and may never be reviewed after being recorded. There are system capabilities available today that can even improve the ability of the geoscientists from the oil companies and contractors to interact with the field crew in recording parameter determination. This paper will discuss this information and how it may be utilised to assist the field crew in improving their operational performance and the data processing geophysicists their understanding and analysis of the data.


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