Ten years is a long time in geophysics. In the early days of 3D seismic surveys, in the 1980s say, it might have taken two years to acquire and process a 3D survey, and many business decisions simply could not wait that long. By the mid-1990s, our seismic contractors had done a wonderful job of making 3D seismic faster and cheaper while making it better—truly a “class act.” Thanks to them, the overwhelming technical advantages of 3D are in routine use in almost every possible application today.

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