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Tools and Techniques

Published:
January 01, 2011

Abstract

The ultimate goal of collecting outcrop data is to be able to understand the underlying physical controls on the formation of the rock record, and these techniques provide an essential step in the right direction towards this goal. In particular, development of new techniques for acquiring data from outcrops has led to an ongoing evolution in how outcrop data can be analyzed and utilized in the petroleum industry. Understanding which technique to use depends strongly on the problem being addressed, as the choice of techniques provides different cost-benefit outcomes to different problems. The key to adopting these techniques successfully is to understand their limitations and where the successes have been in applying them. This brief review defines the problems being addressed in collecting outcrop data, examines the role of the “digital” geologist and the collection, application, and deployment of three-dimensional data, and the future of outcrop studies. Reference is made to case studies described in other contributions in this volume.

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SEPM Concepts in Sedimentology and Paleontology

Outcrops Revitalized: Tools, Techniques and Applications

Ole J. Martinsen
Ole J. Martinsen
Statoil Exploration
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Andrew J. Pulham
Andrew J. Pulham
ESACT
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Peter D.W. Haughton
Peter D.W. Haughton
University College Dublin
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Morgan D. Sullivan
Morgan D. Sullivan
Chevron Energy Technology Company
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SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology
Volume
10
ISBN electronic:
9781565763067
Publication date:
January 01, 2011

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