As 3-D seismic surveys grow in size and complexity, logistics and planning play an ever-more-important role in determining their efficiency and profitability. The metadata (information describing the seismic data) associated with these surveys are rapidly increasing in volume and variety, but they are still usually stored in disparate locations such as trace headers, coordinate files, and paper or electronic observer logs. Because these metadata can be considered vital preplan information for a repeat survey, it is more important than ever that they be efficiently gathered, stored, analyzed, and archived.

Combining previously autonomous metadata sources with GIS (e.g., digital orthophotos and...

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