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Chapter from: SG
42: Applications of 3-D Seismic Data to Exploration and Production
Paul Weimer and Thomas L. David
E. O. Nestvold
Published 1996 as
part of Studies in Geology 42
Copyright © 1996 The American Association of Petroleum
Geologists. All Rights Reserved.
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Impact of 3-D Seismic Data on Exploration, Field Development, and Production
E. O. Nestvold*
E. O., The impact of 3-D seismic data on exploration, field development,
and production, in P. Weimer and T. L. Davis, eds., AAPG Studies
in Geology No. 42 and SEG Geophysical Developments Series No. 5,
AAPG/SEG, Tulsa, p. 1-8.
seismic surveys have proved to be powerful tools for imaging the subsurface
since their introduction in the mid-1970s. Today, 3-D seismic surveys demonstrate
high cost/benefit ratios by reducing dry-hole risk and by providing better
well placement for flow rates and drainage. Additional benefits include
improved reserves estimates and shorter cycle times for appraisal and development
project planning. Also, old fields with declining production profiles are
being rejuvenated. 3-D seismic surveys are revolutionizing the geophysical
industry, with far-reaching effects on the exploration and production business
worldwide. With improvements provided by substantial investments in technology,
3-D seismic surveys will play an even more significant role in field development
and production strategies in the years to come.
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