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Case Histories of Three-Dimensional Seismic Surveys

January 01, 2011


This chapter presents ten case histories contributed by various authors and demonstrating the solution of subsurface problems with 3-D seismic surveys. There are many other case histories now in the public domain, and below are four references to recommended anthologies.

Case History 10, new for the Seventh Edition, describes the unusually long history of a Gulf of Mexico field from 1938 up to the present. The story chronicles the use of gravity, seismic refraction, 2-D seismic reflection, 3-D seismic, 4-D seismic, and various special high-technology techniques in the discovery, delineation, development, production, and revitalization of this large oil field.

Allen, J. L., T. S. Brown, C. J. John, and C. F. Lobo, 1998, 3-D seismic case histories from the Gulf Coast Basin: Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies.

Davies, R. J., J. A. Cartwright, S. A. Stewart, M. Lappin, and J. R. Underhill, 2004, 3D seismic technology—Application to the exploration of sedimentary basins: The Geological Society, London, Memoir No. 29.

Pacht, J. A., R. E. Sheriff, and B. F. Perkins, 1996, Stratigraphic analysis utilizing advanced geophysical and wireline technology for petroleum exploration and production: Gulf Coast Section, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists Foundation. Weimer, P., and T. L. Davis, 1996, Applications of 3-D seismic data to exploration and production: AAPG Studies in Geology, no. 42/SEG Geophysical Developments Series, no. 5.

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AAPG Memoir

Interpretation of Three-Dimensional Seismic Data

Alistair R. Brown
Alistair R. Brown
Consulting Reservoir Geophysicist
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