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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238593D
Publication Date: 2014-Sep-04

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[0001] Data may be processed and interpreted, for example, to understand better composition, fluid content, extent and geometry of subsurface rocks. Various techniques described herein pertain to, for example, processing of data.


[0002] A method can include providing information that includes indicia of a subterranean structure; tessellating the subterranean structure into triangles; computing a normal for each of the triangles; computing an area for each of the triangles; and determining a dip for the subterranean structure based on the normals and the areas of the triangles. Various other apparatuses, systems, methods, etc., are also disclosed.

[0003] This summary is provided to introduce a selection of concepts that are further described below in the detailed description. This summary is not intended to identify key or essential features of the claimed subject matter, nor is it intended to be used as an aid in limiting the scope of the claimed subject matter.


[0004] Features and advantages of the described implementations can be more readily understood by reference to the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.

[0005] Fig. 1 illustrates an example system that includes various components for modeling a geologic environment;

[0006] Fig. 2 illustrates examples of formations, an example of a convention for dip, an example of data acquisition, and an example of a system;

[0007] Fig. 3 illustrates an example of a method;

[0008] Fig. 4 illustrates an example of a method;

[0009] Fig. 5 illustrates an example of a method;

[0010] Fig. 6 illustrates an example of a method;

[0011] Fig. 7 illustrates examples of subterranean structures;

[0012] Fig. 8 illustrates an example of an environment; and

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[0013] Fig. 9 illustrates example components of a system and a networked system.


[0014] The following description includes the best mode presently contemplated for practicing the described implementations. This description is not to be taken in a limiting sense, but rather is made merely for the purpose of describing the general principles of the implementations. The scope of the described implementations should be ascertained with reference to the issued claims.

[0015] As an example, structures in a subterranean environment may be understood better through acquisition of data and processing of acquired data. As an example, data may be one or more of seismic data, imagery data and/or one or more other types of data.

[0016] As an example, data may be analyzed to uncover indicia of fractures, faults or other structures. As an example, data may be analyzed to uncover indicia of a fracture network of multiple fractures that include intersections. As an example, fractures of a fracture network may be formed when rock is stressed or strained, for example, responsive to forces associa...