More than 7000 delegates visited close to 275 exhibitions and attended roughly 750 papers and posters. The general attitude of the convention was, in my opinion, optimistic. Most of the contractors and vendors are starting to see an increase in activity and with the announced increases in oil companies' exploration and production budgets for 2001 and if the prices of oil and gas continue at high levels, 2001 could be a very active year for the geophysical industry.

What follows is based on my experiences at the convention as well as discussions with colleagues. Given the magnitude of the event,...

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