In an article titled “The future of interpretation” on the President's Page in the May 2011 issue of TLE, John Eastwood characterized the state of interpretation as being “stuck in a paradigm (or rut).” After correctly identi-fying the existence of some truly 3D interpretation tools and workflows that “either fill only niche areas of the entire interpretation process or are dependent on high-quality seismic data,” he observed that the “pragmatic prevalence” of manual interpretation, which he describes as “interpreting surfaces and fault planes on 2D lines and slowly building a self-consistent 3D framework,” satisfies two critical needs: 1) interpreting multiple data sets at multiple scales simultaneously, and 2) incorporating external data such as well information or regional data.

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