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Applied Three-Dimensional Subsurface Geological Mapping: With Structural Methods, 3rd Edition

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Applied Three-Dimensional Subsurface Geological Mapping: With Structural Methods, 3rd Edition


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  • Indispensable for all geoscience students who create or evaluate geologic maps and cross-sections
  • Thoroughly covers both the theoretical and practical aspects of geological mapping
  • Adds many new techniques based on the authors’ own pioneering research, and resolves multiple geologic/geophysical mapping controversies
  • Reflects recent advances in shale reservoirs, hydraulic fracturing, and deviated wells
  • Contains all-new chapters on computer-based mapping, shale basin exploration, and prospect reserves and risk analysis
  • Adds essential new coverage of seismic interpretation
  • The only mapping text by industry geoscientists who’ve all been involved in exploration and development for decades: people who do the same work as their readers


  • Copyright 2021
  • Dimensions: 8-1/2" x 10-7/8"
  • Pages: 992
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-485961-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-485961-3

The Gold-Standard “Bible” for Applied Subsurface Geological Mapping: Extensively Updated for Working Teams’ Latest Advances

Long recognized as the most authoritative, practical, and comprehensive guide to structural mapping methods, Applied Three-Dimensional Subsurface Geological Mapping, Third Edition, has been thoroughly updated to reflect recent technical developments, with an emphasis on shale play basins, horizontal drilling, unconventional resources, and modern workflows.

The authors of this edition have more than a century of collective experience in hydrocarbon exploration and development, in major, large, independent companies throughout the world. In this long-awaited update, they present revised and new chapters on computer mapping, shale basin exploration, and prospect reserves and risk. They introduce key innovations related to shale reservoirs, hydraulic fracturing, and deviated, horizontal, and directional wells, along with expanded discussions of computer interpretations and mapping.

Throughout, the book links theory and practice based on fundamental geoscience principles. These principles will help you integrate all available geological, geophysical, and engineering data, to generate more reasonable and viable subsurface interpretations, and to construct maps that successfully identify reserves.

  • Master core principles and proven methods for accurate subsurface interpretations and mapping
  • Construct subsurface maps and cross-sections from well logs, seismic sections, and outcrop data
  • Work effectively with horizontal and directionally drilled wells and directional surveys
  • Use powerful well log-correlation techniques
  • Construct viable fault and horizon structure maps
  • Balance and interpret compressional, extensional, and strike-slip structures
  • Distinguish between the different structure styles and the characterization of growth structures
  • Understand isochore and isopach maps
This book is indispensable for every integrated working team, consisting of geologists, geophysicists, and engineers, that prepares subsurface geological interpretations and maps, as well as for every manager, executive, and investor who uses or evaluates prospects.

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Sample Content

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Measuring Depth, Directionally Drilled Wells, and Directional Surveys

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Subsurface Mapping
  • Chapter 2: Contouring and Contouring Techniques
  • Chapter 3: Directionally Drilled Wells and Directional Surveys
  • Chapter 4: Log Correlation Techniques
  • Chapter 5: Integration of Geophysical Data in Subsurface Mapping
  • Chapter 6: Cross Sections
  • Chapter 7: Fault Maps
  • Chapter 8: Structure Maps
  • Chapter 9: Interpretation of Three-Dimensional Seismic Data
  • Chapter 10: Compressional Structures: Balancing and Interpretation
  • Chapter 11: Extensional Structures: Balancing and Interpretation
  • Chapter 12: Strike-Slip Faults and Associated Structures
  • Chapter 13: Growth Structures
  • Chapter 14: Isochore and Isopach Maps


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