Today's geophysical workstations are splendid tools but they are only tools. Unfortunately too many interpreters are expecting to find the solution to their problem in the workstation! The skill remains the thoughtful geological interpretation of geophysical data. As a consultant, I am often in a position to review seismic interpretations by others. It gives me the opportunity to reflect on how geoscientists can improve interpretations and avoid pitfalls. All too often I am in contact with seismic interpreters who have misidentified a horizon, failed to understand the phase and polarity of their data, distorted the result with a poor use of color, used an inappropriate attribute, failed to recognize a significant data defect, or are still frightened by machine autotracking.

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