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Technological Impact of Exploration

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Norman S. Neidell
Norman S. Neidell
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Published:
January 01, 1982

Abstract

In November of 1979 the Society of Exploration Geophysicists held its 49th Annual International Meeting in New Orleans. The technical sessions which ran in parallel embodied a curious mix of technical applications and theory. Among the sessions were offerings on general and nuclear waste disposal, deconvolution and filtering, modeling, migration, 3-D seismic, potential field methods, and a symposium on pattern recognition. While some of these titles are self-descriptive, it is particularly revealing to note these session contents and observe their relationships to other and allied disciplines.

Techniques for waste disposal represent a general awareness of the environmental repercussions of virtually all human activities. Knowledge of the subsurface gained by geophysical means can be translated into sites which would be particularly tolerant for the safe repose of harmful waste products. Deconvolution operations and filtering are standard signal processing procedures which permeate systems and control theory, speech processing, radar, sonar and communication.

Modeling in the exploration context encompasses one of the more sophisticated computer simulation tasks which is currently addressed the description of wave propagation in complex multimedia environments representing the earth's near subsurface. Migration and 3-D seismic purely in technical terms can be described as imaging methods again addressed to a most difficult problem. Of course, the principles and objectives are quite analogous to those of computer tomography (CT scanning) the role of which in medical imaging was recently honored with a Nobel Prize (Cormack and Hounsfield, 1979).

Potential field methods draw on the most elegant formalisms of classical

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Concepts and Techniques in Oil and Gas Exploration

Kamal C. Jain
Kamal C. Jain
Venex Corporation Houston, TX
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Rui J. P. deFigueiredo
Rui J. P. deFigueiredo
Rice University Houston, TX
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Society of Exploration Geophysicists
ISBN electronic:
9781560802778
Publication date:
January 01, 1982

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