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A Synergistic Combination of Technologies
May 03, 1999 - Abstract
Exploration and production in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico is hampered by an absence of existing survey data. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, NOAA ventured to map the deep Gulf of Mexico with multibeam sonar. Unfortunately, this visionary project lacked both the funding for completion and the technology to provide the survey accuracy and resolution presently desired.
An aggressive campaign has been initiated to acquire and evaluate collocated multibeam bathymetry, acoustic reflectivity, gravity, magnetic, and sub-bottom data across 17,000 square miles of the uncharted deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Evaluation of these data is being accomplished with new technology developed by the University of New Brunswick, Canada, which interactively integrates them into one common graphical environment. “Fly-throughs" of georeferenced data provide construction planning, production analysis, and allow for the establishment of geologic correlation. Interrelationships associated with the collection, processing, and interpretation of these various data sets and the benefit of multibeam bathymetry on the 3D Bouguer correction are discussed.
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