Looking Back: Oil Exploration Before Big Data

Watch as George Laguros, Geophysicist for the Marathon Oil Corporation in Houston, Texas, talks about analyzing seismic data to visualize what's going on deep inside the earth before deciding where to drill for oil and natural gas. While describing his work in exploration and production, he discusses the huge advances in technology that have taken place - from paper to digital - and gives an insider's look at the state-of-the-art Visionarium, where experts analyze seismic data in their hunt for oil and gas. He's the end of an era; younger geophysicists have lived their entire working lives within the visual world of big data and would be shocked to even consider analyzing potential oil fields with a slide rule and graph paper.

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