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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 67 (1983)

Issue: 8. (August)

First Page: 1324

Last Page: 1324

Title: Computer-Assisted Exploration in Kansas: ABSTRACT

Author(s): Betsy Forrest, Andrew Ahroon

Article Type: Meeting abstract


Some explorationists have regarded computers in the same category as dry holes, however, their capabilities for efficiency, assembling, and manipulating data cannot be disputed.

By inputting the following data--(1) geologists' correlated log tops on 33 horizons, (2) location and times of selected intervals of 1,400+ mi (2,250+ km) of CDP seismic data, and (3) completion and production information on 10,000+ wells in western Kansas--the efficiency, accuracy, and productivity of the exploration department at Voyager Petroleums, Inc., have increased by at least 500%. A county map printed by the computer with geologists' correlated tops and geophysical data can be hand contoured in one working day. A prospect can be in final drafted form in two working days. Submittals can be evaluated almost instantly. All data entries are verified previously so accuracy is insured.

The use of the computer has allowed the geologist to evaluate the region in a time-efficient and cost-efficient manner. The resulting prospects therefore are based upon a thorough understanding of the geologic constraints that control hydrocarbon distribution. Additionally, computer speed and versatility allow unconventional data manipulation resulting in prospects which would have been overlooked by using conventional exploration techniques.

All newly released information is being integrated weekly insuring a complete and accurate western Kansas data base.

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