Subsurface science in oil and gas: geology, geophysics, petrophysics, reservoir engineering. Occasionally off-topic.
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Leafing through our pile of new books on seismic analysis got me thinking about technical books and the future of technical publishing. In particular: Why are these books so expensive? When will we start to see reproducibility? Does all this stuff just belong on the web? Why so expensive? Should technical books really cost several times what ordinary books cost? Professors often ask us for discounts for modelr, our $9/mo seismic modeling tool. Students pay 10% of what pros pay in our […]
Last year, I did a round-up of six books about seismic interpretation. A raft of new geophysics books recently, mostly from Cambridge, prompts this look at six volumes on seismic analysis — the more quantitative side of interpretation. We seem to be a bit hopeless at full-blown book reviews, and I certainly haven't read all of these books from cover to cover, but I thought I could at least mention them, and give you my first impressions. If you have read any of these books, I'd love to […]
Last week, Matt, Ben, and I attended SciPy 2014, the 13th annual scientific computing with Python conference. On a superficial level, it was just another conference. But there were other elements, brought forth by the organizers and participants (definitely not just attendees) and slowly revealed over the week. Together, the community created the conditions for a truly remarkable experience. Immutable accessibility By design, the experience starts before the event, and continues […]
Wednesday was geophysics day at SciPy 2014, the conference for scientific Python in Austin. We had a mini-symposium in the afternoon, with 4 talks and 2 lightning talks about posters. All the talks Here's what went on in the session... Matt Hall — Modelr seismic models Patrick Cole — PyGMI grav-mag modeling Joe Kington, Chevron — 3D seismic viz in Python Leo Uieda, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro — Fatiando poster preview (full 2013 talk) Rowan Cockett, UBC and […]
We're at the SciPy 2014 conference in Austin, the big giant meetup for everyone into scientific Python. One surprising thing so far is the breadth of science and computing in play, from astronomy to zoology, and from AI to zero-based indexing. It shouldn't have been surprising, as SciPy.org hints at the variety: There's really nothing you can't do in the scientific Python ecosystem, but this isn't why SciPy will soon be everywhere in science, including geophysics and even geology. I think the […]
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