Editor's note: Material in the following article is based on presentations at the workshop “The cost of land 3-D seismic data acquisition during the recording process,” held in conjunction with SEG's 1999 Annual Meeting.

In the marine environment, the value added by 3-D seismic is widely accepted, costs are reasonable, and delivery highly efficient. In fact, marine 3-D has been so successful in the past decade that a move up the technological ladder to 4-D or 4-C (or both) is possible or even probable.

However, the success of 3-D in the marine environment has not been duplicated on land. Is...

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