Application of wireless network technologies in the construction of seismic exploration systems

Authors: Vyboldin Yu. K.

Seismic survey has a greater depth of penetration, allows images of underground structures with high resolution and can complement well drilling and exploration programs performed by other geophysical methods. Seismic methods have shown high efficiency in the exploration of solid minerals. Wireless systems of seismic exploration allow to simplify significantly the deployment and maintenance of the system especially when the number and density of data collection nodes increase in difficult terrain, allow to scale the system, reduce equipment weight, improve reliability, reduce cost and operating costs. The paper analyzes ways of building a seismic data acquisition and transmission system as one of the important components of a seismic exploration system. The task of building a large-scale wireless seismic acquisition system operating in real time remains unsolved due to the limited bandwidth of the wireless channel, transmission delays and high power consumption caused by data transfer conflicts in batterypowered acquisition devices. When building wireless seismic acquisition systems based on a single wireless technology, it is difficult to achieve high data rates and large area coverage simultaneously. Therefore, modern methods involve a two-tiered system structure. In this paper, we propose to use high-speed standards of Wi-Fi technology both at the lower level for building data collection subnetworks, and at the upper level for building a communication network with the central monitoring station. The article formulates the requirements to the construction of wireless seismic survey systems, considers a number of the most promising technological solutions, including LPWAN, Wi-Fi-LTE, UBW technologies, allowing the construction of largescale wireless networks with a large number of data collection nodes, operating in unlicensed frequency bands. Special attention during the analysis is paid to the issues of providing the required network capacity and its scaling, providing the required number of independent data collection channels, positioning of the data collection nodes with the help of satellite navigation systems and cooperative localization methods, time reference during data acquisition. The analysis of all technical solutions is connected with the reduction of power consumption of the network. Suggestions for improving the data collection procedure are formulated.

Keywords: seismic exploration, wireless technologies, data collection node, a central monitoring station, energy conservation, environmental access control, routing protocols, sensor networks.
For citation:

Vyboldin Yu. K. Application of wireless network technologies in the construction of seismic exploration systems. MIAB. Mining Inf. Anal. Bull. 2022;(6−2):283—304. [In Russ]. DOI: 10.25018/0236_1493_2022_62_0_283.

Issue number: 6
Year: 2022
Page number: 283-304
ISBN: 0236-1493
UDK: 550.8.028, 550.812.1
DOI: 10.25018/0236_1493_2022_62_0_283
Article receipt date: 14.01.2022
Date of review receipt: 15.04.2022
Date of the editorial board′s decision on the article′s publishing: 10.05.2022
About authors:

Vyboldin Yu. K., Cand. Sci. (Eng.), Associate Professor, 0000-0002-7813-9470, St. Petersburg Mining University, 199106, St. Petersburg, 21 V. O. line, 2, Russia, e-mail:


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