Seismic progress: where the trends might lead

Projecting trends forward to predict future conditions is always dangerous. Trends never last. And projections can't account in advance for the changes that make this so. For anyone who has paid attention to progress of the past 2 decades, however, the temptation is irresistible to wonder where current trends in seismic technology will lead.During the last 20 years of the 20th Century, those trends reshaped petroleum exploration and development. They ushered geophysics and geophysicists from the outer periphery of upstream work to the very center of the action. They pushed seismic data into roles far beyond the structural identification uses to which they earlier were confined. And the...

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