Stephen C. Hurley James R. Murphy Murphy Exploration & Production Co. New Orleans Susan S. Mastoris Landmark Graphics Corp. Houston New exploration technologies can transform the way an independent oil company explores for hydrocarbons and develops reserves. For one independent, Murphy Exploration & Production Co. (Murphy Expro), a unit of Murphy Oil Corp., the metamorphosis began in 1988 when it launched its first comprehensive project using 3D seismic data and computer aided exploration (CAEX) workstations. In a declining 38 year old field in the Gulf of Mexico, 3D tools and methods have enabled Murphy to increase oil and gas reserve...

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