Increasing the quality of seismic interpretation

Euan J. Macrae, Clare E. Bond, Zoe K. Shipton, Rebecca J. Lunn

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Abstract

Geological models are based on the interpretation of spatially sparse and limited resolution datasets. Non-unique interpretations often exist, resulting in commercial, safety and environmental risk. We survey 444 experienced geoscientists to assess the validity of their interpretations of a seismic section for which multiple concepts honor the data. The most statistically significant factor in improving interpretation was writing about geological time. A randomized controlled trial identified for the first time a significant causal link between considering the temporal evolution of an interpretation, a type of writing about geological time, and increased interpretation quality. These results have important implications for interpreting geological data and communicating uncertainty in models.
LanguageEnglish
PagesT395-T402
Number of pages8
JournalInterpretation
Volume4
Issue number3
Early online date14 Jul 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2016

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  • interpretation
  • modeling
  • geological time
  • seismic stratigraphy

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Macrae, Euan J. ; Bond, Clare E. ; Shipton, Zoe K. ; Lunn, Rebecca J. / Increasing the quality of seismic interpretation. In: Interpretation. 2016 ; Vol. 4, No. 3. pp. T395-T402.
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Increasing the quality of seismic interpretation. / Macrae, Euan J.; Bond, Clare E.; Shipton, Zoe K.; Lunn, Rebecca J.

In: Interpretation, Vol. 4, No. 3, 31.08.2016, p. T395-T402.

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