Nearly seven years ago the SEG Interpretation Committee sponsored a workshop on the role of the seismic interpreter—and by extension, all geophysicists—in the year 2000. Well, here we are in the new millennium, and the obvious question is: How well did we predict the changes that would occur in our profession?

In 1993, in the wake of significant corporate downsizing, we knew that to survive in the oil industry we could not retreat behind our expertise. We realized that it was time to learn to collaborate with other professionals and nonprofessionals and to thoroughly understand the over-all business. We were...

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