FRED AMINZADEH, 1996. "FUTURE GEOSCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TRENDS", Stratigraphic Analysis Utilizing Advanced Geophysical, Wireline and Borehole Technology for Petroleum Exploration and Production, Jory A. Pacht, Robert E. Sheriff, Bob F. Perkins
Download citation file:
What are major geoscience technology trends for the next decade and beyond? What are the next breakthroughs after seismic stratigrphy and 3-D seismic of the seventies and eighties? Where are we heading as we approach the next millennium, and as our problems become too complex to rely only on one discipline to solve them effectively? I will attempt to look through a crystal ball for some answers. What is certain, however, is the fact that we will continue to deal with increased amounts of uncertainty. Multi-disciplinary approaches for reducing risk will be more necessity than professional curiosity. We will be forced to bring down the walls we have built around classical disciplines such as petroleum engineering, geology, geophysics, and geochemistry, or at the very least to make the walls more permeable. Our data base, methodologies, and approaches will have to cut across various disciplines. Consequently, today’s “integration,” which is based on integration of results, will have to give way to a new form of integration, that is, integration of disciplines. Ideally, our new integration techniques will be equiped to handle the data fusion problem with data sets involving wide ranges of uncertainties. They must perform cost/benefit analysis of different data components in an early stage to avoid spending unreasonable amounts of resources on data collection/analysis with marginal impact. On the other hand it will be important to make the maximum use of the available data. Upscaling and downscaling issues need to be addressed to do the later effectively.