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Various stories in this month's EXPLORER deal with the way cutting-edge technology is helping to achieve E&P success -- and, in one case, how its potential is providing a delicious hint of a revolutionary approach to drilling projects.

Clockwise from top left:

a post-production 4-D seismic data from the Foinaven Field (photo courtesy of Graeme Bagley);
an airborne laserscanning operation in Algeria (photo courtesy of Merrett Survey Partnership);
a laser test that could lead to new approaches in drilling operations (photo courtesy of the Gas Technology Institute);
the Deepwater Discovery drillship, an important part of Nigeria's Agbami play (photo courtesy of ChevronTexaco).

Mapping a hostile desert landscape? Laserscanning proves itself a valuable technology for the oil industry.

Creative perseverance was at the core of the success of the Agbami prospect in the deep waters of Nigeria -- one of the world's 10 largest discoveries of the past decade.

Revolutionary change in drilling methods may be here soon: Lasers have the potential to penetrate rock up to 100 times faster than conventional technologies.

4-D seismic proves its value In the harsh but prolific West of Shetlands ground.

Core samples: Recent efforts to salvage, save and use valuable core samples have paid off.

Adventure: Last year he led a record-setting ascent of the world's tallest mountain, but Pasquale Scaturro, AAPG's unofficial "mountain man," has more adventures planned.

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Student chapter benefits from sponsorship

Laserscanning in Algeria Agbami case study Laser drilling faster 4D seismic proves its worth