Because the primary objective of this article is to review Development and Production Geophysics (as reflected in the first 20 years of THE LEADING EDGE) an initial description of what “makes up” D&P is provided.

The three well-known stages of the upstream oil business are exploration, development, and production. Many oil companies have functional organizations aligned with each stage. With respect to geophysics, exploration is usually defined as any and all parts of a geophysical program in support of exploring for oil and gas prior to drilling one (or more) well(s) that define the play. The ensuing development phase, which...

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