What is Seismic?

Seismic Data Management Challenges

Seismic data is one of the most malleable data types used in earth sciences. From planning through acquisition, processing, interpretation and brokerage seismic data is organized, reorganized, divided, combined, renamed, recalculated, reprocessed, reinterpreted and distributed countless times. The result is often chaotic data systems rife with duplication, ambiguity and confusion.

Interwoven spatial, business and technical challenges make this datatype difficult to manage or make fully interoperable. The PPDM Association working groups focused on this challenge will consider what can be done to improve legacy data while providing a firm foundation for new seismic data.

Although many technical container and communication systems have been designed by industry, supporting best practices for data content and professional development focused at helping bring this complex data into convergence have been lacking. This PPDM Association project will emphasize technology neutral data behavior and expectations alongside professional development.


Project Background and Purpose

The “What is Seismic” project will develop (or identify existing materials) a collection of reference lists, data rules, data object definitions, best practice recommendations, semantic disambiguations and learning materials to support seismic data management through its life cycle.

See the Terms of Reference to learn more about this project. See the Terms of Reference to learn more about this project.