Today’s Geophysical Industry: The Full-Service Companies
2001. "Today’s Geophysical Industry: The Full-Service Companies", Geophysics in the Affairs of Mankind: A Personalized History of Exploration Geophysics, L. C. (Lee) Lawyer, Charles C. Bates, Robert B. Rice
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Today’s geophysical industry may be broken into ten major groupings. In this chapter, the full-service geophysical contractors are described in some detail. In the subsequent chapter, synopses are provided for the remaining categories, namely niche seismic survey firms, firms specializing in seismic data processing, gravity and magnetic surveyors, geophysical hybrids, consultants, manufacturers, suppliers, and service companies, plus firms engaged in nonpetroleum geophysics.
The choice of material and the treatment are, of necessity, biased towards those facets of the industry that we have been closest to over the past 60 years, namely, the areas of data acquisition, processing, and interpretation. Unfortunately, equipment manufacturing, one of the larger segments of the industry, will be short-changed to the extent that only major developments and companies that affected downstream activities in a very significant manner will be touched on. Because of this high degree of selectivity, we offer our sincere apologies to those many individuals whose important efforts have been omitted, even though they, too, have been indispensable in bringing this vital industry to such an advanced state of technical maturity.