The recent business environment for petroleum exploration and production has placed intense focus on the need for increased efficiency in our critical work processes such as seismic interpretation, building 3-D reservoir models and simulation loops, and designing/drilling complex well paths. But along with the need for more efficient work processes, we also face the seemingly contradictory need to use all relevant data in constructing our models.

Increasing efficiency while simultaneously increasing quality is a dilemma faced by many industries. However, application of virtual reality (VR) can ease this problem in the petroleum industry.

Norsk Hydro weighed VR's costs and technological...

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