Seismic progress

The excellent article in your Petroleum in the 21st Century special issue entitled Seismic Progress was indeed educational to all of us who marvel at geophysical progress in this decade (OGJ, Dec. 13, 1999, p. 32).I have personally become involved in one additional specialty. That is the fast mathematical algorithms (software) to help gather, move, compress, process, and manage these enormous piles of seismic data with guaranteed accuracy.Modern seismic surveys are in the 10 Terabyte (Tbyte) sizes and maybe 100 Tbyte planned. To give perspective on volume size of 1 Terabyte (Tbyte), it would take 2,895 days to transmit through the typical dial-up modem, 61 days through a T-1 line, or 3 d...

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