Jennette and Jerry Bellian spent the week of April 17, 2001
with Professor Carlos Aiken and Dr. Xueming Xu from The University
of Texas at Dallas (UTD) studying an outcrop of deep-water channel
complexes on the southern California coast near San Clemente. This
data acquisition, sponsored by Chevron, marks the Bureau's first
attempt to combine classical high-resolution, bedding-scale reservoir
description with UTD's state-of-the-art cybermapping.
3-D outcrop imaging, or cybermapping, uses lasers, GPS, and digital
photography to produce photorealistic, 3-D reconstructions of outcrops.
Professor Aiken and Dr. Xu have developed 3-D virtual outcrop of
the Austin Chalk and will soon finish a 3-D interpretation of the
Jackfork Sandstone at Big Quarry, Arkansas. For more information
on UTD's research program, go to: http://www.utdallas.edu/~xuxue/cyberlab.htm.
Aiken and Dr. Xu prepare to present UTD's 3-D cybermapping project
to researchers at the Bureau.
Dave Jennette introduces Professor Aiken and Dr. Xu before their
Bureau presentation on March 11, 2001.