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3D Seismic Technology: Application to the Exploration of Sedimentary Basins

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Richard J. Davies
Richard J. Davies
3DLab, School of Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences, Cardiff University, Main Building Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3YE, UK (e-mail: richard.davies@earth.cf.ac.uk)
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Simon A. Stewart
Simon A. Stewart
BP Azerbaijan, c/o Chertsey Road, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex TW16 7LN, UK
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Joseph A. Cartwright
Joseph A. Cartwright
3DLab, School of Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences, Cardiff University, Main Building Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3YE, UK (e-mail: richard.davies@earth.cf.ac.uk)
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Mark Lappin
Mark Lappin
ExxonMobil Exploration Company, 233 Benmar, Houston, Texas 77060, USA
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Rodney Johnston
Rodney Johnston
BP, E & P Technology Group, Chertsey Road, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex TW16 7LN, UK
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Scot I. Fraser
Scot I. Fraser
Shell EP Technology Solutions, Shell International Exploration & Production Inc., 200 N Dairy Ashford, Houston, Texas 77079, USA
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Alistair R. Brown
Alistair R. Brown
Consulting Reservoir Geophysicist, 1911 Country Brook Lane, Allen, Texas 75002, USA
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Published:
January 01, 2004

Abstract

Three-dimensional (3D) seismic data have had a substantial impact on the successful exploration and production of hydrocarbons. Although most commonly acquired by the oil and gas exploration industry, these data are starting to be used as a research tool in other Earth sciences disciplines. However despite some innovative new directions of academic investigation, most of the examples of how 3D seismic data have increased our understanding of the structure and stratigraphy of sedimentary basins come from the industry that acquired these data. The 3D seismic tool is also making significant inroads into other areas of Earth sciences, such as igneous and structural geology. However, there are pitfalls that parallel these advances: geoscientists need to be multidisciplined and true integrators, and at the same time have an ever-increasing knowledge of geophysical acquisition and processing. Notably the utility of the 3D seismic tool seems to have been overlooked by most of the academic community, and we would submit that academia has yet to take full advantage of this technology as a research tool. We propose that the remaining scientific potential far exceeds the advances made thus far and major opportunities, as well as challenges, lie ahead.

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Geological Society, London, Memoirs

3D Seismic Technology: Application to the Exploration of Sedimentary Basins

Richard J. Davies
Richard J. Davies
Cardiff University, UK
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Joseph A. Cartwright
Joseph A. Cartwright
Cardiff University, UK
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Simon A. Stewart
Simon A. Stewart
BP, Azerbaijan
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Mark Lappin
Mark Lappin
ExxonMobil Exploration Company, USA
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John R. Underhill
John R. Underhill
The University of Edinburgh, UK
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Geological Society of London
Volume
29
ISBN electronic:
9781862394049
Publication date:
January 01, 2004

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