Visualization technology has created a paradigm shift in interpretation of 3-D seismic data. New geovolume visualization interpretation (GVI) techniques allow the interpreter to see and think in 3-D, the way the earth actually exists. Since Texaco introduced a facility devoted to GVI in 1997, the use of this technology has gained momentum, both within Texaco and in the oil and gas industry as a whole.

In 1998, Texaco added two additional centers, one dedicated to worldwide exploration and one to production, which allow teams to interactively interpret, view, and analyze data volumes for extended periods. More than 100 teams and...

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