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Summary of Recommendations to Help Today’s Interpreter Get More Geology Out of 3-D Seismic Data in a Reasonable Period of Time

January 01, 2011


  • Expect detailed subsurface information

  • Don’t rely on the workstation to find the solution

  • Use all the data

  • Understand the data and appreciate their defects

  • Use time (or depth) slices/horizontal sections

  • Visualize subsurface structure

  • Use machine autotracking and snapping

  • Select the color scheme with care

  • Question data phase and polarity

  • Tie seismic data to well data on character

  • Try to believe seismic amplitude

  • Understand the seismic attributes you use

  • Prefer horizon attributes to windowed attributes

  • Use techniques that maximize signal-to-noise ratio

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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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January 01, 2011




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