Some important relationships in the petroleum industry have a strong spatial component—the relationship between a completed interval and a reservoir or mineral lease, or between a drilling location and a land parcel subject to a damage clause. In each case, spatial relations between the elements can have profound financial impact for the interested parties.

Initial interpretation of seismic sections or well-log data and analysis of core or fluid samples have limited concern for the spatial context. However, when results from several such domains are integrated or viewed together, conversion to a common coordinate framework becomes key for exposing their...

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