Articles | Volume 40
Adv. Geosci., 40, 11–17, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/adgeo-40-11-2014
Adv. Geosci., 40, 11–17, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/adgeo-40-11-2014

  15 Dec 2014

15 Dec 2014

Retrieval of Ocean Bottom and Downhole Seismic sensors orientation using integrated MEMS gyroscope and direct rotation measurements

A. D'Alessandro and G. D'Anna A. D'Alessandro and G. D'Anna
  • Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Centro Nazionale Terremoti, Italy

Abstract. The absolute orientation of the horizontal components of ocean bottom or downhole seismic sensors are generally unknown. Almost all the methods proposed to overcome this issue are based on the post-processing of the acquired signals and so the results are strongly dependent on the nature, quantity and quality of the acquired data. We have carried out several test to evaluate the ability of retrieve sensor orientation using integrated low cost MEMS gyroscope. Our tests have shown that the tested MEMS gyroscope (the model 1044_0–3/3/3 Phidget Spatial Precision High Resolution) can be used to measure angular displacement and therefore to retrieve the absolute orientation of the horizontal components of a sensor that has been subjected to rotation in the horizontal plane. A correct processing of the acquired signals permit to retrieve, for rotation at angular rate between 0 and 180° s−1, angular displacement with error less 2°.