Solving seismic storage problems

The DVD-RAM based seismic data storage system called NuData results from converting and consolidating an unlimited variety and volume of exploration and production data onto removable/rewritable computer disks where it can be interactively cataloged and accessed online.

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The DVD-RAM based seismic data storage system called NuData results from converting and consolidating an unlimited variety and volume of exploration and production data onto removable/rewritable computer disks where it can be interactively cataloged and accessed online. The process removes the data from warehouses into file cabinets or juke boxes in the office where it can be accessed directly or via network.

A total of 46 boxes of seismic, well logs, maps and other documentation were cataloged on an interactive gray cartridge holding a DVD-RAM online disk. It is only one-third full with the seismic, well logs, maps, and documentation. Typically, little physical data exists after compressing data from tape, film, and paper onto an interactive computer disk. The DVD-RAMs are hermetically sealed and write-protected for secure use over 50 to100 years.

Users can make additions to the DVD at their desktop. DVD-RAM drives read all CDs and authorized DVDs. All data assets on DVD-RAM become available to exploration or management personnel at the click of a mouse. Sending data to distant locations in the world costs almost nothing and typically takes only minutes. The entire process can pay out in a few months, and profits might be gained thereafter.

It is estimated that several billion tapes have been acquired since the advent of digital acquisition of seismic data worldwide. The invaluable data is awaiting conversion to DVD online over the next few years before these resources are lost.

Contact Ashok Ghosh, SCS Corp. at Tel: 713-353-9300 or email: aghosh@scscomputers.com

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Seismic data can now be transferred from tape to DVD, reducing archival storage size.
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