Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
Research article
30 Mar 2021
Research article |  | 30 Mar 2021

The impact of seismic interpretation methods on the analysis of faults: a case study from the Snøhvit field, Barents Sea

Jennifer E. Cunningham, Nestor Cardozo, Chris Townsend, and Richard H. T. Callow

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Subject area: The evolving Earth surface | Editorial team: Seismics, seismology, paleoseismology, geoelectrics, and electromagnetics | Discipline: Geophysics
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This work investigates the impact of commonly used seismic interpretation methods on the analysis of faults. Fault analysis refers to fault length, displacement, and the impact these factors have on geological modelling and hydrocarbon volume calculation workflows. This research was conducted to give geoscientists a better understanding of the importance of interpretation methods and the impact of unsuitable methology on geological analyses.