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Did You Know That 3D Technology Isn't Just for Games and Movies?

It's also for finding oil! (NO JOKE)

Yes, we're already past April Fool's Day. So keep reading. It's astonishing how groundbreaking technologies seem to be applied to new industries almost on the daily. But what do you expect? -- Technology is meant to reach new horizons. This has to be the newest fossil fuel breakthrough as we all continue discovering ways to ensure we all have heat during winters and fuel for our vehicles (although EV is steadily becoming the norm).

In Alaska, There Is a New Technology Utilized to Locate Oil Pockets in One of the State's Bays

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BP is on the mission to make this happen with the use of "3D seismic" technology, and it's a bit of a godsend given that this particular location has been an oil source for more than four decades but seems to have slowed down in flow. The problem is more and more of that oil reaches farther down, and we don't know exactly where the pockets are.

With metal platforms on what are termed as "vibe trucks," however, we can basically vibrate the ground with sonic energy -- think of it as sonar. Except instead of getting echoes back, we're simply taking the data and constructing a 3D layout of the region to define exactly where those pockets may be.

How do they determine that? Pretty easy, actually! We all know that surface, subsurface and farther down, rocks are layered. And the layers are all based on solidity: the harder the layer, the faster sound waves travel through it; the softer, those sound waves actually travel slower.

Data's collected based on the speed, the frequency, of those sound waves, and then built based on a 3D cube. Imagine being able to track those sound waves underneath, the trajectory mapped out per vibe truck; and then the technology specifies those areas where softer layers seem to "flow" much faster.

Based on the scientific theory, it would then stand to reason that those softer layers are pockets -- and in those pockets, are undiscovered fossil fuel reservoirs.

There's Very Minimal Environmental Impact to This Technological Endeavor

At the moment, Alaska permits the seismic work during those months where the tundra is so frozen deep and covered with snow. The agreement is delicate given the bay's a polar bear habitat, but with this type of technology, we can fine-tune and target the areas that matter the most and not simply throw darts at the board blindfolded. For once, tech and environment go hand in hand! Go figure!

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