Expressive Visualization and Rapid Interpretation of Seismic Volumes
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One of the most important resources in the world today is energy. Oil and gas provide two thirds of the world energy consumption, making the world completely dependent on it. Locating and recovering the remaining oil and gas reserves will be of high focus in society until competitive energy sources are found. The search for hydrocarbons is broadly speaking the topic of this thesis. Seismic measurements of the subsurface are collected to discover oil and gas trapped in the ground. Identifying oil and gas in the seismic measurements requires visualization and interpretation. Visualization is needed to present the data for further analysis. Interpretation is performed to identify important structures. Visualization is again required for presenting these structures to the user. This thesis investigates how computer assistance in producing high-quality visualizations and in interpretation can result in expressive visualization and rapid interpretation of seismic volumes. Expressive visualizations represent the seismic data in an easily digestible, intuitive and pedagogic form. This enables rapid interpretation which accelerates the nding of important structures.
Paper I: Patel, D.; Giertsen, C.; Thurmond, J.; Gröller, E., 2007, Illustrative Rendering of Seismic Data. In: Lensch, H. P. A.; Rosenhahn, B.; Seidel, H. P.; Slusallek, P.; Weickert, J. (eds.), Vision, Modelling and Visualization 2007, November 7 - 9, 2007, Saarbrücken, Germany. Published by AKA Verlag. Reproduced with permission. Published version. The published version is also available at: http://www.aka-verlag.com/loadtop/load.php?isbn=9783898380850Paper II: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 14(6), Patel, D.; Giertsen, C.; Thurmond, J.; Gjelberg, J.; Gröller, E., The Seismic Analyzer: Interpreting and Illustrating 2D Seismic Data, pp. 1571-1578. Copyright 2008 IEEE. Published by the IEEE Computer Society. Reproduced with permission. Published version. The published version is also available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TVCG.2008.170Paper III: Patel, D.; Haidacher, M.; Balabanian, J.-P.; Gröller, E., 2009, Moment Curves. In: Eades, P.; Ertl, T.; Shen, H.-W. (eds.), IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium 2009, Beijing, China, April 20-23, 2009. Copyright 2009 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. Reproduced with permission. Published version. The published version is also available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PACIFICVIS.2009.4906857Paper IV: Patel, D.; Bruckner, S.; Viola, I.; Gröller, E., 2009, Seismic Volume Visualization for Horizon Extraction. Full text not available in BORA.Paper V: Computers & Graphics 33(5), Patel, D.; Sture, Ø.; Hauser, H.; Giertsen, C.; Gröller, E., Knowledge-assisted visualization of seismic data, pp. 585-596. Copyright 2009 Elsevier Ltd. Full text not available in BORA due to publisher restrictions. The published version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cag.2009.06.005