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stock of current processes, with most

Increasingly complex algorithms forced to quickly implement new ones and higher volumes of data to keep their business a? oat. Issues,

The volume of seismic data available is such as computing system capabilities growing exponentially, and there are in- and the security of online conferencing creasingly complex imaging algorithms, platforms, widely became shared con- such as Reverse-Time Migration (RTM) cerns at the start of lockdown, with IT and Full-Waveform Inversion (FWI), to departments put on the backfoot. This cope with these bigger data loads. The created a vacuum needing to be ? lled. seismic vendors are improving their of-

New technologies entered common fering to oil companies. However, these parlance and became the overnight algorithms require high-scale comput- solution to many companies’ remote ing infrastructure by the oil companies working needs.

to work at their most ef? cient level.

Investing in more ? exible and elas-

With the current situation putting pres- tic computing infrastructure no longer sure on oil companies to reduce spend- seems like something that can wait un- ing, new seismic purchases or full-scale til current systems are obsolete. This reprocessing projects are likely to be cut is likely to result in faster adoption of for the short-term. However, E&P com- cloud computing following Covid-19, panies still need to honor license com- and there are a number of drivers which mitments and progress seismic work will help this: programs during the downturn. This makes pre-stack data conditioning and 15

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