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Tulsa Geological Society


Tulsa Geological Society Digest
Vol. 35 (1967), Pages 284-284

Why Geologists Should Understand Computers: Abstract

John P. Olson1


The electronic computer is potentially one of the most powerful tools that has been presented to the geologist. In order to use this tool to supplement his experience and imagination the geologist will have to learn to understand and communicate with it.

If geologists do not learn to control the computers, they are apt to lose control of geologic exploration. The persons directing the application of computers to geology must understand both the computer and geology. or both time and results are lost in continual translation and interpretation.

There is currently a shortage of computer programmers which is getting steadily more acute. In order to realize the potential benefits which are available with the computer. geologists will have to learn to do at least some of their own computer programming and analysis. In the process they will find that it is a lot of fun.


Acknowledgments and Associated Footnotes

1 Standard Oil Company, Indiana

January 9, 1967

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