Well Log Digitisation and Seismic Scans...

Well Log Digitisation and Seismic Scans for the Oil industry

Well Log Digitisation and Seismic Scans

Well log digitisation and seismic scans for the oil industry require a specific skill set, as well as high-end equipment able to meet the demands of this type of work. Well log digitisation in particular generally involves working with physically large items - up to fifty metres in length in the projects we've undertaken so far - and these provide their own unique set of challenges. Seismic scans whilst smaller - typically 3 metres in length - are not inconsiderable in size.

When working with these types of large items, the challenge is always to return the highest possible quality digitised files whilst, at the same time, keeping file size manageable. This is not only important from a visual perspective but also to allow the results to be machine read and interpreted. Using skills acquired in previous projects along with up to date compression techniques, we have been able to achieve up to 1200dpi in terms of resolution and return data in .pdf format which averages at approximately 1/200th the size of an equivalent .tiff file and about 1/10th the size of a standard uncompressed .pdf.

In cases where clients are happy for work to be completed off site, we have secure facilities in London and Edinburgh alternatively our teams are able to work on site as an embedded resource or for a specific project. We have previously worked on site at Lambeth Palace; Canterbury Cathedral; Senate House Library; The British Library; National Library of Scotland; and University of Leeds, among others. We also have a team of between 10 and 15 Max staff based at The National Archives at Kew.

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I have worked with Max Communications and the team for some years. In recent work with their Archivematica iteration in the College Archives and Corporate Records Unit, and other digital work required by varying cohorts in Imperial, Max Communications have been responsive, innovative and demonstrated great problem-solving abilities. The Max Communications team, from the top down, is approachable, friendly and keen to help.

An example is in their engagement for some major confidential scanning projects. The projects were discussed, scoped and agreed to a high standard of hand scanning. Benchmarking was agreed to our satisfaction when the project started, with a fast progress time for the work. They provided rapid access to files, including digitising out of sequence, e.g. one such turn around for hand scanning, editing and proofing a large file was within 3 hours. The digital delivery was by secure online transfer, and the hard disks and hard copy delivered securely by courier.

On a lighter note, digitisation of 1960s academic cine film was carried out promptly and to a high standard, such that it can be reshown at a major conference

--Anne Barrett | College Archivist & Corporate Records Manager | Imperial College London
Well Log Digitisation and Seismic Scans for the Oil industry