Seismic interpretation still begins with the simple question “what if…?” in the interpreter's mind and translating that question into a working model. However, modern 3-D visualization allows that model to be constructed and evaluated in real time by a technically integrated staff. It is now possible at the onset of a project to review the data, identify prospective regions or reservoir trends, assess key technologic challenges, and determine an efficient work direction in an afternoon.

Conventional seismic interpretation involves analyzing 2-D lines or 3-D volumes in in-line and cross-line vertical orientations. Cross-sections are displayed on paper or workstation screens as...

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