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Abstract: Exploration Data Recovery; Capture, Storage, Retrieval and Usage


All explorationists wishing to use a combination of geological and geophysical data on a computer or workstation will eventually and inevitably encounter data access difficulties. The exploration data set could include seismic lines, wells, maps, reports, photos, correspondence and other documents associated with a particular project area. Common tasks include interpretation workstation loading for seismic sections and well logs as well as the collation and analysis of data from reports and maps from a variety of sources.

The ideal situation is one in which all data are readily available in a usable digital form, but in practice, problems will be encountered with a lack of digital data, too much digital data, inaccurate or missing data, unusable formats and media deterioration.

The user may also faced with a bewildering choice of archiving media, formats, software, hardware and data standards. Data archiving and retrieval does not necessarily require a massive investment in sophisticated new hardware and software. An approach which uses a mixture of commonly available hardware with both off-the-shelf and tailor made software can provide a cost effective solution. Some case histories will be presented to illustrate practical ways in which to overcome various commonly encountered problems.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90942©1997 AAPG International Conference and Exhibition, Vienna, Austria