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Houston Geological Society Bulletin


Houston Geological Society Bulletin, Volume 27, No. 7, March 1985. Pages 2-2.

Abstract: The Effectiveness of Offshore Previous Hit3-DNext Hit Seismic Surveys: Case Histories


Paul S. Horvath

Gulf began to investigate Previous Hit3-DNext Hit seismic in the mid-sixties through Gulf Research and Development Company located in Harmarville, Pennsylvania. During the late sixties, modeling was used to simulate acquisition and processing. By the early seventies, Gulf had completed its first offshore Previous Hit3-DNext Hit seismic project.

Some of the advantages Previous Hit3-DNext Hit seismic has over 2-D are: It can help with the refinement of the structure and stratigraphic interpretation; it helps define the paleogeology; it can reveal details that otherwise are not apparent; it can help define reservoir limits through improved interpretation of the structure and hydrocarbon indicators; it is a means of obtaining subsurface control under surface obstructions, such as platforms, rigs, etc.; it provides the opportunity to construct profiles in any direction desired; and it lends itself to interactive interpretation.

Most certainly Previous Hit3-DNext Hit seismic should improve resolution. This in turn helps define the best possible location for both wildcat and development wells. Developing additional reserves with outpost wells and finding new reserves in untested fault blocks are also benefits of the improved and detailed seismic control. Utilizing 3-0 provides a basis for making the development drilling program efficient-that is, only drilling the wells needed to drain the reservoirs efficiently. For these reasons the, the usage of Previous Hit3-DNext Hit seismic can be a cost-effective way of finding and developing hydrocarbons.

The results achieved in fifteen (15) Previous Hit3-DTop seismic surveys that cover twenty-eight (28) blocks in the offshore Gulf of Mexico are reviewed.

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